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Climate victory in Oregon's legislature!

Breaking news! The Climate Resilience Package has passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for signature, bringing us one critical step closer to protecting our climate and communities.

The Climate Resilience Package offers real hope and meaningful action. Heat pumps powered by renewable energy will be more accessible. Homes and buildings will be safer and more energy efficient. Electric trucks & buses will replace diesel ones on our roads. Solar and storage will be more affordable for homes and businesses. Resilience hubs will be created by and for frontline communities. Farmers, ranchers, and forest owners will be able to adopt more sustainable practices. Our air will be cleaner. Jobs in the clean energy economy will flourish across the state. Details linked here.

At the height of the GOP walkout this legislative session, we didn't think this would happen, so we want to take a moment to celebrate today! We know hard legislative sacrifices were made to get the Senate back on track. We are glad this critical piece of climate legislation successfully made it through the entire process.

This legislative victory reflects the hard work of countless advocates, volunteers, and of course, legislative champions. Thank you for being with us every step of the way.

Author Bio

Meredith Connolly

Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

Meredith brings over a decade of climate policy experience to her work accelerating Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy. She advocates for innovative and equitable policy solutions to reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs across the state. Currently, Meredith leads a team diligently working to electrify everything from cars, trucks, and buses to homes and buildings, and power it all with 100% clean electricity.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Meredith was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, she advanced renewable energy policies in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University. In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her family and rooting too loudly for the Portland Thorns and Timbers.