City of Beaverton
United States

Population: 93542
Area of jurisdiction: 48.51 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a 75% by 2050 (2008)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a 75% by 2020
Energy efficiency target: n/a 20% by 2020 (2008)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
2013

Mitigation actions

Sustainable Beaverton Action Plan
Progress tracking for action adopted in Sustainable Beaverton Strategy. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Sustainable Beaverton Strategy
The Sustainable Beaverton Strategy (SBS) is a strategy to innovate city operations and services to include sustainability in our day to day decisions. Such strategies are expected by cities as a way to demonstrate a clear commitment and a path forward to achieve goals and report transparently to citizens. This strategy establishes a clear, shared understanding of sustainability, a framework for collaboration between departments to accomplish goals, and an organized process for accountability. Start year 2014
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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GHG Inventory
Conduct annual inventories of city facilities to determine emission sources and identify methods to reduce. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Building Monitoring
The City of Beaverton is participating in a pilot project for the City Hall and Library through Northwrite and Energy Trust of Oregon. This pilot provides a unique blend of 15 minute interval energy monitoring, an expert energy consultant, and low to no-cost energy saving recommendations. Through this program, facility and sustainability personnel can utilize a web-based dashboard to identify spikes, equipment failures, and other incidences than can lead to increased energy consumption almost immediately. In addition to the interval monitoring at City Hall and the Library, the sustainability division is utilizing EPA’s Portfolio Manager for monthly monitoring on all city facilities. Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Purchasing Renewable Energy
City of Beaverton, Oregon has established itself as a leader in supporting and purchasing green power. Annually, the city’s government, businesses, institutions, and residents are collectively using more than 93 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, equivalent to 5.3 percent of electricity use community-wide. Alone, the Beaverton government purchases 100 percent green power for its buildings’ energy use and for 58 percent of the city’s overall operations – including for water pumping and streetlights. Beaverton also has a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy which guides the city in its efforts to reduce energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, and purchase or produce green power for the energy that it uses. Start year 2007
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Beaverton Central Plant - District Heating
Beaverton Central Plant Cost-Effective, Energy-Efficient Services: Designed as a highly efficient heating and cooling system to deliver services to over one million square feet, the Beaverton Central Plant provides cost-effective space conditioning and domestic hot water to the entire Round development area. Future services are expected to include lighting control and air quality monitoring and management. Plant Goals: Provide reliable space conditioning and long-term stable pricing to all those connected to the Beaverton Central Plant Promote plant and system energy efficiency to lessen the impact on energy resources and the environment Promote system expansion, lower system development costs, and encourage economic development Provide a positive net contribution to the City's general fund Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Purchasing Policy
  Start year 2013
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The City of Beaverton supports the use of EVs to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease our emissions. The City is part of a federal grant program called The EV Project, whose aim is to deploy charging infrastructure in major US Cities and prepare America for the roll out of electric transportation. Beaverton also recognizes the economic benefits of EV deployment and the potential for the growth of our local green technology industries. Citizens have repeatedly expressed the desire for more sustainable transportation. Supporting EV infrastructure improves community health through reduced tailpipe emissions, improves the economy through supporting local clean technology businesses, and improves the environment through decreased greenhouse gases. Beaverton's strategy includes: - Supporting charging stations at City Halls throughout Oregon - Incentivizing charging station infrastructure - Educating staff to encourage EV development and use - Making the process of permitting for charging stations easy and consistent - Supporting EV related businesses and clean technology development - Exploring the electrification of City fleets - Adopting consistent signage Start year 2010
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Better Buildings Challenge
The Beaverton Better Buildings Challenge (Beaverton BBC) is a leading public/private initiative. The goal of the Beaverton BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Beaverton by 2020. Participants are asked to support this initiative by pledging for energy efficiency and developing innovative partnerships and approaches to reach the goal. Currently, there are 1.6 million sq ft committent to this challenge. Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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(EECBG) Library Solar Panel Installation
Although the City has been a strong advocate for solar panel installations, the City had yet to demonstrate its commitment by installing a significant solar array on City property. In April 2012, this changed with the installation of a 17.6 kW solar system on the Beaverton City Library. The Library solar system was paid for with $125,000 of federal EECBG funds and the City of Beaverton was awarded a feed in tariff from our local utility, PGE. This means that PGE will pay 39.6 cents per kWh of energy generated from the solar panels. The panels are expected to produce 17,100 kWh per year therefore PGE will pay the City $6,771.60 annually for their solar generation. The solar generation will offset approximately 6.5% of the Library’s annual electricity costs. In addition to the financial paybacks to the City, the Beaverton library solar system also has environmental benefits. The project will prevent the following amounts of pollution: • 18,624 lbs. of carbon dioxide • 19.68 lbs. of sulfur dioxide • 27.28 lbs. of nitrous oxide This is equivalent to reducing automobile driving by 22,248 miles or to planning 1.4 acres of trees. It is also important to note that the Library solar system was installed by a local solar company, Mr. Sun Solar and used locally made solar panels from SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon. The project will provide cost savings, positive environmental effects, and also support local clean technology companies. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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(EECBG) Streetlight Retrofits 1-5
1) 80 LED fixture upgrades at 30 traffic signal locations; each location individually metered 2) 171 fixture upgrades- 101 induction and 70 LED; all Schedule C flat rated 3) 82 LED fixture upgrades to outdoor parking lot and site lighting at City Hall and Public Works buildings 4) 172 LED fixture upgrades on pedestrian/ bike paths 5) 250 LED fixture upgrades in residential areas of South Beaverton Start year 2011
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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(EECBG) Building Retrofits
Through the EECBG grant, the city was able to: a. Replaced 2 packaged roof-top units with 2 high efficiency packaged roof-top units (15 tons each). (City Hall) b. Provided tune-ups to the controls of all HVAC units to ensure optimal operation, including economizers, morning warm-up and staggered start/stop by reprogramming the DDC system. (City Hall, Library, Public Works, Community Center, Resource Center) c. Installed CO2 demand based ventilation control for packaged roof top units with capacities of 5 tons and greater. (City Hall, Public Works, Community Center, Resource Center) d. Installed a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to AHU-1 to soft start the units. (Library) e. Replaced 2 chiller/boiler motors with high efficiency motors (Library) Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solar Beaverton
Solar Beaverton was a city-led program developed to encourage renewable energy use and make solar installations easy for residents. Led by Beaverton, Oregon’s sustainability program, Solar Beaverton was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, simplify the processes of installing solar, create jobs that support local contractors and manufacturers, and help residents take advantage of financial incentives. The program surpassed its goal of 250 residential solar installations in January 2012, with the 258 solar systems located throughout the community. It began with an initial pilot project and evolved into a full city-wide program in 2011. Through a fixed price cost negotiated by the City with a selected solar vendor, the innovative program made a residential solar system far less expensive for homeowners, and lessened the complexity and risk in the process as well. After its first year of full operation following a pilot program, Solar Beaverton was widely hailed as a success and garnered national recognition, including Mayor Denny Doyle’s receiving a U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Award and the NRDC’s Smart City award for energy innovation. Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

Green Street Pilot Program
The City Public Works has been committed to identifying areas for Low Impact Development. A goal is to identify areas in need of replacement and to use sustainable measure to retrofit/re-design. The current project is a section of sidewalk near City Hall that is damaged and needs replacement. Currently, we are looking at re-using/recycling 100 percent of the materials onsite and installing 100 percent recycled materials for the extra materials we may need. We are still in the planning phase, but we are looking into using crushed/recycled construction materials (specifically toilets/porcelain) for the aggregate of the cement. We are looking to do another section of the sidewalk as a porous concrete. In addition, we are going to install rain gardens along the roadway, with new, native trees to line the road. The City will use this site as an educational pilot project for both the City and the public. There will be display signs listing the materials, cost, and benefits of this design. The goal is to continue these projects and they come available to use as display and education about benefits of Low Impact Design around the city. Start year 2012
Sector Water Resources
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Green Streets
  Start year 2010
Sector Water Resources
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Community Vision
Beaverton Community Vision is the product of the most extensive public engagement process ever undertaken in Beaverton, Oregon. It transformed how citizens engage with City Hall and expanded opportunities for people to interact with one another. More than 5,000 citizens shared their aspirations for the future in six languages through events, surveys, forums and other venues. Today, more than 100 community priorities comprise the plan, which 60 community organizations are helping to implement. Start year 2010
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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(EECBG) Home Weatherization Loans
See attached Start year 2010
Sector Infrastructure
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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