Climate Action Plan

Goal: By 2023, a Climate Action Plan is adopted for our community with specific recommendations to reach the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Draft Climate Action Plan report available for public review and comment.

Share your thoughts about the draft plan to guide the county to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Climate change threatens our long-term health, prosperity and safety — in Clackamas County, in Oregon, and across the planet. Together, the Board of County Commissioners has called for action. The goal above was first approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2019 and reaffirmed in 2021. 

We’ve set our sights on being carbon neutral by 2050, which means reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to the point where we can capture as much as we emit. Meeting this goal gives us a chance to limit warming and avoid the worst impacts of global change. Locally, a zero-emissions way of living and doing business can help us be healthier and more economically resilient.

We know this is a big goal. It means clean energy, less waste and using less fossil fuels. To us, success starts with a plan that is meaningful, data-driven, transparent and includes the diverse members of our community.

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Community Advisory Task Force

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thursday, September 29, 2022

1:30 pm
Implementation Guide Phase Workshop - Adaptation & Consumption Based Emissions

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022

6:30 pm
Learn more about climate actions needed in Clackamas County; ask questions; share ideas.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

12:00 pm
Learn more about climate actions needed in Clackamas County; ask questions; share ideas.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Timeline of Climate Action by the Board

Project Timeline

The Board of Commissioners has adopted several resolutions related to climate change in the past few years

2019 Added a specific goal about climate action to the county’s updated Performance Clackamas strategic plan. The goal states: By January 2022, a Climate Action Plan is adopted for our community with specific recommendations to reach the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
2018 Directed staff to develop an updated countywide climate action plan.
2017 Reaffirmed the county’s climate goals.
2008 Adopted the U.S Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration and a resolution on climate change.

Project Resources

Countywide Actions We’re Taking to Combat Climate Change

  • Establishment of an interdepartmental climate plan group, called the Climate Exchange and housed in the county’s department of Transportation and Development.
  • County operations greenhouse gas inventory 
  • First baseline community-wide greenhouse gas inventory 
  • Identifying renewable energy procurement options for county operations
  • Initiating a process for a low-carbon county fleet & EV charging
  • Developing an update to the county’s green building policy
  • Support for innovative mass timber construction
  • Offering a climate change presentation for schools 
  • Expansion of commercial food scraps composting
  • Hosting Repair Fairs for people to repair their broken appliances and tools instead of throwing them out 
  • Working with area libraries to create Libraries of Things, where community members can check out items like board games, tools and appliances instead of buying new. 
  • Providing support for rural broadband so less populated communities can stay connected without needing to drive

What You Can Do?

Community members making climate-friendly decisions and engaging with each other are crucial to reducing the county’s carbon footprint.

Join us in this important work.

Youth and Climate Change

Youth will face more impacts from climate change than any other group alive today. It is vital that climate action planning have youth at the table to plan solutions for the future of our communities.

In the fall of 2019, Rex Putnam High School students sent a letter to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to share their recommendations for climate action in Clackamas County.

In 2021, an enthusiastic group of 24 outstanding youth joined a Youth Advisory Task Force to inform the climate plan. They met to discuss climate issues from March 2021 to June 2022. The Youth Advisory Task Force explored the climate issues youth find most pressing.

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