City of Portland
United States

Population: 619360
Area of jurisdiction: 376 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 40% by 2030 (1990) n/a
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 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

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

Other available GHG inventories: 1990, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Mitigation actions

Removing Barriers to Urban Food Production
Recognizing the connections between food and the community’s environmental, economic and physical health, the City is in the process of updating its zoning code to promote traditional and emerging ways of producing and distributing food. The project is addressing five topic areas related to urban food production and distribution: farmers markets; community gardens; urban food production; community food distribution points; and animals and bees. In summer 2011 over 800 people responded to the ideas presented in the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report. Project staff have compiled these comments and produced a summary report. The City expects to propose recommended changes to Portland’s zoning code to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in 2012. Start year 2011
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Regulatory
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Enhancing and Harmonizing Tree Policies
The Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project—a multi-bureau effort to review the current system of regulations, address complexities, gaps and inconsistencies, and enhance the urban forest through a comprehensive restructuring and update of City codes addressing trees—was adopted by City Council in April 2011. The first phase of zoning code amendments went into effect in July 2011, with the bulk of the project proposals set to go into effect in February 2013. Start year 2011
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Waste Prevention
The City’s first integrated outreach campaign on thoughtful consumption, Be Resourceful, was launched in 2010. The campaign focuses on new ways to get what we need, including sharing and borrowing, fixing and maintaining, purchasing durable, sustainable, or reused products, or experiences instead of things. As part of the campaign, program representatives offered presentations and staffed information booths at community events. These efforts resulted in over 5,000 conversations with residents. Over 300 community members shared their stories at these events so they could be posted online to encourage others to participate in similar activities. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Residential Food Scrap Collection
In October 2011, the City launched a new citywide residential food scrap collection program (www.portlandcomposts. com). Portland residents in single-family houses and buildings with four or fewer units can set out food scraps in their green Portland Composts! roll carts for weekly pickup. By putting all food scraps, including meat, dairy, bones, grains, cooked foods and even pizza delivery boxes, in the green roll carts, Portlanders can divert thousands of pounds of food scraps from landfills each year. As part of the change, garbage service is now collected every other week. The blue Portland Recycles! roll cart and yellow glass recycling bin continue to be collected every week. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Greenways
The City built nearly ten miles of Neighborhood Greenways in 2011, providing Portlanders with safe places to walk, bicycle and get out into their neighborhoods. At the same time, many Neighborhood Greenways also treat stormwater runoff and improve safety around schools. In NE Portland, the Cully Boulevard green street project rebuilt a crumbling street to add sidewalks and a new traffic signal, create a separated cycletrack and manage stormwater runoff with planters and bioswales. Start year  
Sector Transport
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Electric Vehicles
A partnership between Portland State University, Portland General Electric and the City resulted in the opening of Electric Avenue in August 2011—an urban showcase for electric vehicle (EV) charging technology. Both the City and the County are supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the region. For example, the County will install 12 EV charging stations at four County sites for use by the public and County personnel. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Urban Growth Boundary
The Portland region’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) continues to provide the critical foundation for the region’s land use and transportation planning. In place since 1980, the UGB is an essential component of the region’s ability to grow efficiently and to integrate housing and jobs with an affordable, low-carbon transportation system. The City and County have advocated for limiting growth of the UGB and in October 2011, the Metro Council adopted a conservative population forecast with a limited UGB expansion of 1,650 acres for residential land and 330 acres for industrial land. Start year 1986
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Increase Installed Solar PV Capacity
Installation of on-site renewable energy systems continued to grow in 2011. In just two years, the three-year Climate Action Plan goal of 10 megawatts of solar electric generation was exceeded. As of December 2011, there are 14.7 megawatts of total installed capacity Installations by government agencies, businesses and local residents all contributed towards achieving this goal.The City supported two Solarize Portland campaigns in 2011, resulting in over 120 new solar system installations (2011), and over 570 installations since the program’s inception in 2009. Start year 2009
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Clean Energy Works Oregon
In June 2010, under Mayor Adams’ leadership, the City financial utility partners established Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) and charged the new nonprofit with the dual mission of reducing carbon emissions and creating family-supporting jobs. Since March 2011, CEWO has expanded its whole-home retrofit financing program beyond the City of Portland to include Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties.Over 1,000 homes have received whole-home energy remodels since the beginning of the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot. The pilot, which ended in February 2011, created 45 full-time construction jobs and over 400 workers received a paycheck from the program. CEWO has assembled nearly $25 million in capital and program funding. It has also worked with several Oregon lending institutions to leverage over $20 million in private sector capital. Start year 2010
Sector Residential
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
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Adaptation actions