Urge Portland Public Schools to enact a climate crisis response policy

Late last year, the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Board of Directors introduced a draft climate crisis response policy. In short, this proposal would:

  • Integrate climate and sustainability education into district-wide student curriculum;
  • Ensure future PPS facilities are designed, built, and operated to maximize energy efficiency, climate pollution reduction, resiliency, and adaptability—including fossil-free school buildings and electric school buses; 
  • Prioritize support for frontline student and employee communities during climate-related events and natural disasters; and 
  • Establish a Climate Crisis Response Committee charged with monitoring effective implementation of these policies, composed of a majority of members who identify as people of color, and two members who are current PPS students. 

Voice your support today!

Please submit your public comment to the PPS Board by March 1st. This is important leadership being demonstrated by our schools and they need to hear how important this work is to their community and the state.

Author Bio

Greer Ryan

Former Oregon Clean Buildings Policy Manager, Climate Solutions

Greer works to advance policies and regulations that will drive a rapid transition to 100% clean, safe, and equitable buildings for all. 

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Greer was a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Center for Biological Diversity. In this role, she advanced various energy justice policy solutions, including reducing barriers to distributed solar, ensuring consumer protections from utility shutoffs, and increasing transparency and accountability of utility influence spending.  

Greer holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Greer enjoys exploring Oregon's beautiful outdoors with her dog, swimming, and vegan baking.