Oregon reclaims leadership on climate action

Oregon Capitol


Release Date
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.”