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Oregon’s stunning natural beauty and history of clean energy innovation position it as a natural climate leader that can inspire action in the Northwest and beyond. However, in recent years Oregon's progress on climate action has stagnated while a growing list of states and territories have adopted carbon pricing policies, enacted more robust energy efficiency standards, and committed to a timeline for transitioning to 100% clean electricity.

Climate Solutions is working in Oregon to:

Incorporate a racial and social justice lens in our work

We must ensure that we are addressing historic injustices and current inequities that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and people of color as well as low-income communities. Without incorporating these injustices into our climate solutions, we will not succeed in creating a livable and just world where we can all thrive.

Ensure the state adopts 100% clean energy

Climate Solutions is a supporting member of the 100% Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign, a statewide coalition advocating for the adoption of a 100% clean energy commitment, establishment of a special utility rate class for low-income Oregonians, and home upgrades to help improve the health of families across the state. Multnomah County and the cities of Milwaukie and Portland have already made groundbreaking commitments to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. We are helping them develop implementation plans to achieve these goals, and working with other cities and counties in Oregon to develop a groundswell of support for a 100% clean energy future.

Accelerate clean transportation

The transportation sector is Oregon's largest source of climate pollution, and according to our recent transportation research report, decarbonizing our grid, while both electrifying our transportation system and reducing our vehicle miles traveled are key ways to clean it up. We are working with local governments, transit districts, and utility providers to equitably accelerate transportation electrification by adopting medium and heavy duty zero-emission regulations, building more publicly accessible and affordable charging stations, promoting financial incentives for individual and fleet EV purchases, supporting transportation options and programs that are inclusive to community needs,  encouraging transit agencies to buy zero-emission electric buses, and working in coalition to advocate for a clean, and just transportation system. 

Advocate for energy-efficient buildings

Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution and contributes to energy burden experienced disproportionately by low-income communities, renters and communities of color (paying three times more than average). We are working with partners to help Oregon move toward constructing homes and buildings that produce as much energy as they use - net zero energy buildings. If all new homes and buildings were energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters (decreasing energy burden), and improve air quality where we live and work.

Stop new investments in coal, and the oil and gas industry

The fossil fuel industry wants to keep us hooked on dangerous energy sources and use our state to expand their profits. With our urging, Oregon has already taken several momentous steps by stopping Portland General Electric from building a new fracked gas plant and ending Oregon's dependence on coal-fired power. We will continue sending a clear message that expanding fossil fuel infrastructure is not welcome in Oregon.

 

 Read on for the latest updates on Climate Solutions' work in Oregon:

Oregon State Government

New Multnomah County public buildings will be 100% clean and fossil-free

by Jonathan Lee on April 15, 2021

The Multnomah County Commission just unanimously approved a resolution that will ensure all new county buildings —including county libraries,…

Oregonians: It's time to SPRING into climate action!

by Meredith Connolly on April 14, 2021

We're pleased to report forward progress on two of our high-priority climate bills.

Oregon's Climate Action Plan (OCAP) turns one

by Jonathan Lee on March 30, 2021

Just over a year ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order

Oregon charging ahead for clean energy

by Jonathan Lawson on March 26, 2021

Clean energy advocates in Oregon strategize for progress on electrical grid and EVs. Meanwhile, US banks are investing in climate chaos.

Fire and Ice: How Oregon’s past year makes clear we need 100% clean electricity

by Meredith Connolly on March 12, 2021

Oregon continues to pump out more climate pollution every year, but we can pass 100% Clean right now to lay the foundation for a clean energy-based…

Powering up Oregon's EV adoption rates

by Victoria Paykar on March 4, 2021

Ensuring that the future of Oregon’s transportation is electric—not burning fossil fuels—is critical for cleaning up our air and for achieving our…

2021: Action time for climate in the Oregon Legislature

by Meredith Connolly on February 24, 2021

As the historic wildfires that devastated Oregon last September and the most recent ice storms make clear, climate chaos is here and harming Oregon’s…

Transition 2021 off to a good start

by Jonathan Lawson on January 28, 2021

"Federal climate action:" no longer an oxymoron

A climate protection plan that exempts gas power plants(?!)

by Zach Baker on January 22, 2021

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed exempting the state's fossil gas power plants from their Climate Protection Program…

Is Oregon's clean energy transition on track?

by Jonathan Lee on January 15, 2021

Join our discussion exploring what powers our energy system today, where the trends are headed, and it all means for an energy-smart, climate-safe…

Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission chooses industry over communities to develop air pollution regulations

by Zach Baker on December 23, 2020

The EQC has decided to stack the cap-and-reduce rulemaking advisory committee with fossil fuel and big business interests.

Here's your clean energy team for 2021

by Jonathan Lawson on December 17, 2020

Biden's climate picks bring experience, grit and a focus on environmental justice. Plus: Who the gas industry is targeting now, and climate book…

Urge Multnomah County to build 100% clean energy-powered libraries

by Jonathan Lee on December 8, 2020

Multnomah County voters recently approved $387 million in library construction bonds. Let's ensure this new building is 100% clean and fossil free.

Climate Leaders Live: What do the election results mean for climate action in Oregon?

by Jonathan Lee on November 2, 2020

After you vote... join the Climate Solutions Oregon team for our take on general election results and what’s next for our statewide climate action…

Mayor Mark Gamba on Measure 26-218 and local climate action

by Jonathan Lee on October 27, 2020

We recently interviewed Mark Gamba, Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon, about the Let’s Get Moving 2020 ballot measure, the transportation improvements he’s…