Oregon reclaims leadership on climate action
March 10, 2020

PORTLAND, OR – After partisan delay and denial tactics in the Oregon Legislature, Governor Kate Brown stepped up and fulfilled her long-standing promise to take strong executive action to address the climate crisis. Gov. Brown joins a growing list of state governors to enact climate policy through executive action, demonstrating the climate leadership that a strong majority of Oregonians deserve and demand. 

This landmark executive order:

  • extends and strengthens Oregon’s already-successful Clean Fuels Program;
  • increases energy efficiency requirements for new-build homes and businesses; and 
  • updates our statewide carbon pollution reduction targets, compelling large corporate polluters to clean up their act. 

“This is the leadership response we need in the face of the growing climate crisis.  By ensuring that big corporate polluters clean up their act and encouraging innovation in clean energy solutions, we will protect this wonderful state we call home,” said Meredith Connolly, Oregon Director of Climate Solutions. “Oregon has had a green reputation for a long time, but lagged as a climate leader in recent years. This executive action is a responsible and desperately-needed leap forward to help keep Oregon green for future generations.”  

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Jonathan Lee

Oregon Communications and Engagement Manager, Climate Solutions

Jonathan Lee (formerly Gates; pronouns: he/him) has over seven years of experience in nonprofit communications strategy, print and web content creation, public policy advocacy, and promoting equity, diversity and social justice. He believes in making positive change by asking sincere questions, building meaningful relationships, and collaborating equitably toward shared goals.

Jonathan has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies from Willamette University. He spends his free time reading, volunteering, hiking, and listening to jazz music, often with his partner Rachel and their three dogs.