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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

Oregon's Legislative session is done. We are not.

by Meredith Connolly on June 30, 2019

Will Oregon be the state that ran away and hid from our climate responsibility, or will we reclaim our position of climate leadership?

Oregon close to becoming second state to cap carbon emissions

by Climate Solutions on June 18, 2019

After a record-length debate following record-high temperatures in Salem, the Oregon House of Representatives passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, HB…

This month, we can make Clean Energy Jobs a reality in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on June 14, 2019

Clean Energy Jobs is now in the home stretch. Contact your legislators today, and let's make history!

Climate leadership, state to state

by Devon Downeysmith on May 15, 2019

With a clean energy win accomplished in Washington, attention now turns to Oregon. Also: other states and cities show what climate leadership does…

Mid-session check in on climate action in Oregon

by Zach Baker on April 24, 2019

With just over two months left to pass bills that make climate progress this year, we’re working hard to get a wide range of climate strategies

Banning fracking in Oregon

by Meredith Connolly on April 22, 2019

The Oregon legislature has the opportunity to take a critical step forward by banning fracking for oil or gas.

Everyone deserves equal access to roads

by Mara Gross on April 17, 2019

Immigrant communities are on the front lines of climate change, and we stand with our partners in working to ensure all Oregonians are treated with…

Your advocacy is working!

by Zach Baker on April 2, 2019

Oregon is getting closer to passing landmark climate legislation. Your help is needed to send the strongest possible bill to the floor for a vote. 

Portland Clean Energy Fund is becoming a reality

by Zach Baker on February 15, 2019

Portlanders passed the initiative overwhelmingly, and we want to show City Council that the public is still excited and supports stewarding the…

Clean Energy Jobs: What's happening and how to help

by Zach Baker on February 14, 2019

The biggest climate legislation in Oregon history is moving forward, and your help is needed to pass the bold action we need.

Legislative preview: The year for bold climate action in Oregon

by Zach Baker on January 28, 2019

With your help, we’ll ensure that the Oregon Legislature takes bold action for a healthy climate.

Positioned to win: Northwest climate progress in 2019

by Gregg Small on January 15, 2019

What’s ahead for major climate and clean energy action in the Pacific Northwest this year... and what it’s going to take to get there. 

NW governors optimistic on climate action

by Climate Solutions on December 17, 2018

On Friday, Dec. 14, Climate Solutions hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Governors Jay Inslee and Kate Brown.

Delivering on the green wave in 2019

by Meredith Connolly on November 16, 2018

What the election victories in Oregon mean for increasing clean energy and climate progress in the coming year. 

The Good, the Tough, and the Just Getting Started

by Gregg Small on November 8, 2018

A big election for climate and clean energy in the Pacific Northwest.