Sustainable Clackamas County

Sustainability means using, developing and protecting resources at a rate and in a manner that allows people to meet their current needs while ensuring that future generations will be able to meet their own needs.

Board of County Commissioners Resolution Reaffirming Clackamas County's Commitment to Combat Climate Change, July 6, 2017

Ways you can live more sustainably

You can make our community and world a better place every day by choosing sustainable options that offer a long-term quality of life.

  • Save money: These environmental practices allow you to save green by going green related to food, transportation, energy use and many other aspects of your life.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Ten easy tips to shrink your eco-footprint with daily activities such as driving, using electricity and reducing waste.
  • Schedule a workshop: County staff is available to give presentations on recycling, green cleaners, backyard composting, natural gardening, energy efficiency, solar basics and more. Email us at wasteinfo@clackamas.us to schedule a presentation for your neighborhood association, garden club, faith organization, school or other community group.
  • Become a Master Recycler: Join over 1,300 others in helping your community reduce waste, conserve resources, reuse goods, and recycle what cannot be salvaged. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, give presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
  • Make a difference at your work: Save money, attract new customers, conserve resources and make your business a better, healthier place to work. We can help you find easy—and often overlooked—ways to green your business, find efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts. We help hundreds of businesses each year.
  • Get an eco-education: County staff offers presentations, waste audits, resources, waste reduction mini-grants and the Oregon Green Schools program for schools in Clackamas County.
  • Recycle the right way: Refresh your knowledge of what goes in the recycling bin, what can be taken to a depot and what goes in the garbage.
  • Be energy efficient: The Energy Trust of Oregon offers incentives and rebates to help you make energy-saving upgrades at home or work, and tools to find qualified contractors. Or, consider working with Enhabit, a statewide non-profit that can help you pursue a whole-home retrofit for energy efficiency and earthquake readiness, with access to financing.

A sustainable Clackamas County

We have been growing our commitment to sustainability and expanding our sustainable practices. The following policies and plans inform our approach to sustainability.

Energy performance: On Feb. 4, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an energy policy that commits the county to reducing energy use by 5% from 2014 levels by the year 2020. This program provides a framework for large organizations such as ours to reduce electricity and natural gas use. It looks at every aspect of energy use, from adding solar arrays or upgrading HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems, all the way down to individual employee habits.

Real-time energy production: A solar array was built on the roof of the Development Services Building in 2011. Click on the meters to see real-time solar generation (Flash Player required).

link to DSB Bldg solar energy production