Preparing for the Future We Create: Remarks, as prepared on The Pacific Coast Collaborative Declaration on Climate Resilience, more info about the declaration can be found here: https://www.globalclimateactionsummit.org/pacific-coast-collaborative-declaration-on-climate-resilience/
Hello, everyone. I’m Ted Wheeler, the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, and I’m so excited to be standing here with this fantastic group of Pacific Coast Collaborative leaders to be a part of the announcement of such great work on climate resiliency.
As such, the work on climate resiliency and effective urban planning have never been more important. At the city level in Portland, we’ve undertaken and are planning for ambitious actions that will help move this larger effort forward and support goals like those outlined in this Pacific Coast Collaborative commitment.
Portland has been at the forefront of green infrastructure for years. For example, our City Council adopted a policy that treats and slows down our stormwater before it reaches our streams, rivers, and creeks.
Our municipal government has also backed efforts that support green roofs in our city. Portland’s Central City 2035 Plan outlines a requirement that green roofs must cover 100% of the roof, where the developers can provide public amenities to reduce that coverage area up to 40%. That requirement went into effect this July.
Our Bureau of Environmental Services, in purchasing natural areas as watershed and habitat, has also planted over 5,000 trees with our nonprofit partner Friends of Trees. These trees enhance our neighborhoods at street and canopy levels.
Finally, in 2017, my office led the development of a resolution that was unanimously adopted by our Council that pledges 100% renewable energy sources by 2050 in Portland.
At the same time that we are implementing these actions, programs, and strategies, we recognize the benefit of continuing to collaborate with our state and regional governments.
Cooperation at all jurisdictional levels is key for continuing this workaround resiliency. As has been made very clear from this Summit, climate change will not be addressed by any one organization or government in isolation.
Planning for its impacts and working to lessen its effects must be a collaborative, multi-pronged approach that will require all of us as leaders to continue to cooperate and work with outside organizations, government leaders, and representatives from all over our communities. Together, we can make the most sustainable and effective impact.