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Portland Clean Energy Fund

Portland Clean Energy Fund Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Extended-- Applications due May 27

Staff Liaison: Sam Baraso,, 503-307-2399


Instructions below.

Purpose and Background


In November 2018, Portland voters said yes to the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF or Fund) to create a city grant program for clean energy and job training projects. The measure was intended to benefit communities on the frontlines of climate change, including low-income people and people of color. Grants will be available starting in 2020, and the program will eventually distribute $44-61 million in grants annually. The PCEF grant program includes a nine-member Committee responsible for:

  1. Carefully reading and evaluating applications for grants from the Fund.
  2. Making recommendations to Portland City Council on which applications should receive a grant.
  3. Ensuring that the Fund is achieving its goals of creating clean energy and living-wage jobs.Image description: A crowd of smiling people at City Hall

PCEF Objectives 

It is important for people interested in serving on the Committee to understand and support the PCEF measure’s stated purpose and objectives:

“[T]he purpose of this Ordinance is to provide a consistent long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.”

Committee members should share the values of the PCEF grant program:

  • Equity. PCEF prioritizes frontline community and local benefits, promotes equitable outcomes, and institutionalizes equity best practices in the city. 
  • Economic Opportunity. PCEF prioritizes sustainable job creation, emphasizes job training that promotes career pathways and job security, and advances the development of under-served contractors through business support and technical assistance.
  • Climate Action. PCEF promotes climate resilience, supports climate mitigation, and reduces carbon emissions. 
  • Accountability to Community. PCEF supports inclusive, culturally and linguistically-specific participation and engagement throughout the program, maximizes program transparency and accountability, and creates a new model for city-community partnership.

Total number of Committee seats: 9

Number of seats available: 1

Who Can Join

Committee members must live in the City of Portland and should not have actual or potential conflicts of interest (please see Conflicts of interest section below).

What We Look For

The PCEF Committee is dedicated to ensuring that Portland's diverse communities see themselves on the Committee. The Committee is seeking a community member with knowledge of Native American history, an understanding of the diversity of the local American Indian/Alaska Native community and issues surrounding the Urban Indian experience.

If you meet the qualifications above and are interested in serving your community by supporting clean energy and living-wage jobs, then we want to see your application.

For additional context on this recruitment effort, please review the linked document here: April 9 Memo on PCEF Committee Member Recruitment Plan

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Time Commitment

  • The Committee generally meets two times a month for three hours each meeting. Meetings take place in publicly-accessible venues across the city to enable diverse participation across Portland’s geography. Committee members are expected to set aside time to correspond and review materials in between meetings. That said, during  COVID-19, Committee meetings will be held virtually three times a month for two hours each meeting.
  • This solicitation is for a Committee member who will serve a term that expires on November 7, 2021. If the member decides they would like to serve a second term, that term will be for four years.

Conflicts of Interest

Committee members are public officials who must comply with state and local ethics laws, including laws related to conflicts of interest. Training on compliance with these laws is provided to all members of the Committee.

  • You may have an actual or potential conflict of interest if your organization/business, or an organization/business in which a relative has an interest, might apply for or benefit from a PCEF grant.
  • If you are interested in applying for the Committee but are unsure if you have an actual or potential conflict of interest, please contact us directly with specific questions: email or call 503-823-7700.
  • It is critical that these public, PCEF funds are managed in a transparent, fair and equitable manner. We appreciate your inclusion of conflicts of interest on the form included in the Committee application.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Translation/interpretation and financial support (e.g. for transportation, childcare) will be available as needed to enable the full participation of Committee members in meetings and required trainings.

How to Apply

Applications extended: now due May 27


Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the nomination subcommittee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the Committee staff liaison at  or 503-307-2399.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The city is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The city uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau and the PCEF grant program.

Do you have questions or need more information?  or 503-307-2399.