Follow The Little Green Road

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11 April 2012


Christine Llobregat
City of Portland

Tim Lynch
Multnomah County

Latest Climate Action Plan Progress Report shows Portland’s carbon emissions have dropped 26 percent per person since 1990

Mayor Sam Adams and County Chair Jeff Cogen share progress update on Climate Action Plan goals for Portland, Oregon


Portland, ORE. —The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Multnomah County Office of Sustainability have released a two-year progress report for Portland and Multnomah County’s 2009 Climate Action Plan. The guiding document for the City and County’s response to climate change, the Climate Action Plan is a three-year plan to put Portland on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The progress report was presented at today’s City Council meeting.

“We have made great progress toward implementation of our ambitious Climate Action Plan goals, in part because we’re creating a more connected city”, Portland mayor Sam Adams stated, “But we haven’t gone far enough. Toward that end, I’m pleased to announce that Portland City Council has today unanimously approved new regulations that will add immeasurably to our efforts. By January 2015, all cars in the city will be required to adopt the new zero-mileage technology; dramatically reducing our collective carbon output.”

The progress report shows that total local carbon emissions continue to decline. By the end of 2010, emissions were 6 percent below 1990 levels, while national carbon emissions are up almost 12 percent over the same period. On a per person basis, Multnomah County carbon emissions have dropped 26 percent since 1990.

“Building upon our aggressive program of not paving roads, this requirement is the next logical step,” mayor Adams continued, “By phasing in implementation of zero-mileage cars over the next three years, not only will emissions be greatly reduced, but Portland residents will realize substantial savings in terms of reduced auto maintenance costs, so it’s a real win-win – for the planet, and for residents.”



note: the above is a combination of an actual city report and a reasonable estimate of subsequent steps.  the zero-mileage car is, at present, merely a gleam in the collective eye of portland city council and multnomah county officials. it is left to you to determine which parts are from the city, and which are fabricated.

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