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City of Beaverton purchases 100 percent of power offsets through PGE's Renewable Power Program
Beaverton is the first city in Oregon to purchase all of its electricity from Portland General Electric’s Renewable Power Program, PGE spokesman Steven Corson confirmed Thursday afternoon. He said Beaverton is also the only city so far to buy 100 percent of its power through the program. However, PGE cannot say whether or not other Oregon cities use all renewable energy through different utility services. Beaverton Sustainability Manager Cindy Dolezel previously told the Beaverton Leader that internal city goals include reducing electricity use for city operations by 20 percent from 2008 to 2015 and dropping greenhouse gas emissions from city operations by 20 percent from 2008 to 2020. Streetlights and water pumping are the two most energy-consuming city functions, eating up significantly more power than the day-to-day operation of city buildings, according to Dolezel.
Beaverton is also installing solar panels at Sexton Mountain Reservoir to power the reservoir's pump.
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Beaverton opts to purchase all city energy through PGE Renewable Power Program
Beaverton becomes first Oregon city powered entirely by renewable energy offsets
The City of Beaverton profiled by the Sustainable Cities Institute
Read the new profile by the National League of Cities, Sustainable Cities Institute, that outlines the Beaverton’s commitment to sustainability, its leading accomplishments to date, recent achievements, and more.
Beaverton shows its commitment to resilient cities
By being a signatory to the Resilient Communities for America Agreement, a national campaign that will mobilize hundreds of U.S. local elected officials—mayors, county executives, city council members, etc.—who pledge to create more resilient cities, towns, and counties, built to overcome our nation’s extreme weather, energy, and economic challenges. Local governments have long been the leaders on climate action and sustainability, and they have the ability to take effective, wide-ranging local actions to prepare for climate change impacts, improve local energy independence, renew America’s infrastructure, and strengthen their economies in the process.
Cindy Dolezel Sustainability Manager
4755 SW Griffith Dr.
P.O. Box 4755
Beaverton, OR 97076-4755
Ph: (503) 526-2545
Fax: (503) 526-2479
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The centerpiece of the campaign is the Resilient Communities for America Agreement
(PDF), a document that local elected officials will sign to formalize their commitment.
Meet Your Sustainability Manager!
Before LED lights and solar panels, Beaverton's green guru paid dues on military missions to Russia...
Downtown Walking Map is available online
and at the following locations
City holds a series of four sustainability forums
Mayor Denny Doyle’s Introduction Video to Sustainability Forums
Federal Officials Visit Beaverton
On February 14, 2013, the City of Beaverton hosted a “Revitalization Roundtable” to discuss how the community can work in partnership with regional entities, the state, key federal agencies, the private sector, and other stakeholders to support local businesses, attract new jobs, create entrepreneurial opportunities, boost advanced manufacturing, encourage sustainability, and add value to Beaverton’s economy.
This Roundtable included top officials from the White House and federal agencies, such as Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator, Jay Williams, the White House Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, EPA brownfields and land revitalization officials, as well as key officials from other federal state and regional agencies and key private sector, community, environmental, and local government stakeholders. See Beaverton Valley Times article about the event.
Beaverton Joins the Earth Hour City Challenge
The City of Beaverton joined the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge—a competition among cities to prepare for climate change and promote renewable energy. The City was encouraged by many residents to join the challenge and seize the opportunity to share our sustainability efforts internationally.
The Earth Hour City Challenge is a global competition, with 26 cities competing nationally, and Beaverton was fortunate to be recently highlighted as a ‘challenger’ for their accomplishments!
To read the article and learn more about the challenge, visit the WWF’s Meet the Challenger website.
Beaverton Nationally Recognized at US Mayors' Conference
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Mayor Denny Doyle’s Sustainability Division has been selected as the nation’s top winner in the 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Walmart. The annual awards program recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Beaverton received first place for its Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Solar Beaverton Program and efforts to promote low carbon lifestyles, energy efficiency and security, health and well-being, and ecosystem stewardship. For more information visit the US Mayor’s website.
KOIN News 6 Story with Alexis Del Cid
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Special Event at Beaverton City Library on June 20, 2012
Beaverton Commits to US Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge
The City of Beaverton has joined the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and committed its facilities to a 20% reduction in building energy use by 2020. The Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative calling on organizations to make significant commitments to energy efficiency. Beaverton is the first city of its size to join and plans to partner with local businesses and organizations in this effort. For more information visit the Better Buildings Challenge program website
Beaverton is a Green Power Leader
Beaverton is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an elite Green Power Partner who demonstrates exemplary environmental leadership, by supporting renewable energy. Beaverton was awarded membership to the 2012 Green Power Leadership Club by the U.S. EPA, because the City purchases green power offsets for 100% of its city building's energy use. The City of Beaverton is the only local government in Oregon to receive this designation. For more information on the Green Power Leadership Club see EPA Green Power Partnership.
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