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Oregon’s work-plan on climate and clean energy
February 3, 2014

Last Thursday, January 30, Climate Solutions and the Oregon Environmental Council hosted members of the region’s business community for an informative briefing by leaders in the Oregon legislature.

This annual event, generously sponsored this year by Acme Business Consulting, provides a sneak preview of the upcoming legislative session in Salem and an opportunity for decision-makers to lay out their priorities moving forward. Our guest speakers included Senator Michael Dembrow, Representative Jules Bailey, Representative Jessica Vega Pederson, and Margi Hoffmann, energy policy advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber.

Pictured above: panelists from the State of Oregon, Climate Solutions and Oregon Environmental Council discuss the 2014 short session legislative agenda at ACME Business Consulting.

Specifically for the 2014 short session, there was a collective agreement that lifting the 2015 sunset on the Clean Fuels Standard is a key priority, as is protecting the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Members of Climate Solutions’ business partnership network and business leaders from across the state were on hand to ask questions and to provide ideas on advancing clean energy policy. Tom Foley, Smart Grid Oregon, encouraged the legislators to advance the integration of smart grid technologies to reduce our collective dependence on energy.

In all, a robust conversation took place addressing the challenge of connecting the topic of climate change to citizens’ everyday priorities.

Margi Hoffmann, Governor Kitzhaber’s energy policy advisor, brought an original signed copy of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. Throughout the evening, Ms. Hoffmann pointed to the scroll as not just a symbol of commitment from the Governor’s office to prioritize carbon reduction and energy policy, but more directly as her own professional work plan moving forward.

While there was much consensus in the room on the importance of global warming policy agendas, each official emphasized the need to hear that climate change is a priority from constituents. Now is a great time to tell your elected official that climate change is a high priority for you.

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Call on legislators to take the best next step: passage of Senate Bill 1570 – the Clean Fuels bill.

Take a look at more pics from this great event:

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Ann Gravatt, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Margi Hoffmann, energy policy advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, show off Margi’s “work-plan” - the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, an international commitment to climate action between Governors John Kitzhaber, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown, and British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark.

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Representative Jessica Vega Pederson from District 47, and member of the House Committee on Energy and Environment, spoke to her background growing up in a large Mexican-American family as a huge influence on her priorities in Salem. She cited recent polling that the Latino community rates climate change and the environment as key priorities and expressed the importance of connecting climate to values of the home and family.

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Virinder Singh, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs at EDF Renewable Energy,and board member with Climate Solutions and Renewable Northwest Project. Virinder pointed to the faster growth of renewable energy in states such as California and Texas, and challenged the legislators to tee up a robust agenda for 2015 to advance Oregon’s percentage of clean energy to reduce carbon emissions statewide.

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Martin Tull, Executive Director of Green Sports Alliance, and Carrie Hearne, Oregon Business Partnerships Manager at Climate Solutions, discuss the success of the greening of sports in America.

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Author Bio

Carrie Hearne

former Oregon Business Partnerships Manager, Climate Solutions

Carrie Hearne served as Climate Solutions' Oregon Business Partnerships Manager. Carrie has lived in Portland for over a decade and originally hails from the mountains of West Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Indiana and sustainability certificates from the University of Oregon and Willamette University.

Carrie successfully created and ran the first sustainability program at The Standard, a financial services company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. This program attracted new customers, reduced operating expenses, increased employee engagement. She is a current member of the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee for the City of Portland and Multnomah County and has served on the board of directors for the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) since 2008. She is also on the advisory board for Women in Sustainability and the Environment (WISE). While at The Standard, Carrie was active on committees with the Oregon Business Association and the Portland Business Alliance, influencing public policy on matters relating to economic development, carbon reduction environmental sustainability and social equity. She has been a frequent guest speaker at regional business conferences such as Go Green Portland.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys photography, cycling, baking and getting outdoors with her dog Timber.