Sustainable City Operations
Beaverton is Proud to be a Part of the Global Reporting Initiative
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has pioneered and developed a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world. GRI's mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all companies and organizations. Its Framework is a reporting system that provides metrics and methods for measuring and reporting sustainability-related impacts and performance.
The City of Beaverton is proud to use our first-ever Sustainable Beaverton Strategy (SBS) to submit for the GRI. The links below fulfill the requirements of what is called the GRI v4 'In Accordance'—Core criteria. Both GRI documents cross reference the GRI Content Index (CI) with information in the SBS. For the content where the SBS did not provide the answer, direct answers or explanations for exclusion are provided.
Sustainable Beaverton Strategy
The Sustainable Beaverton Strategy, completed in 2013 and updated in April 2014, is a comprehensive approach to integrating and tracking sustainability into city operations and services. Read more about all the projects the City of Beaverton is undertaking to lessen its environmental impact.
“The Sustainable Beaverton Strategy outlines a path forward for our City’s services and operations to seize the moment to create a better future for ourselves, our children, and generations still to come.” - Mayor Denny Doyle
Sustainability Progress Report:
The Sustainable Beaverton Strategy was completed in 2013 and includes 11 goals for city operations and services. View the first-ever Progress Report showing 81% of the city’s operational sustainability goals are on track or ahead of schedule.
Improving Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Efforts
The City of Beaverton used federal stimulus funds to improve energy efficiency in buildings and for weatherization loans for Beaverton homes. The City also replaced over 770 traffic signals and street lights with LED technology to further reduce energy consumption.
Beaverton has also signed the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and has completed a green house gas inventory on City facilities to prioritize our reduction of emissions.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body that regularly convenes climate scientists, has identified human activity as the primary cause of the climate change that has occurred over the past few decades and quickened in recent years. Consensus statements from the IPCC suggest that human-caused emissions must be reduced significantly – perhaps by more than 50% globally in order to avoid the worst potential climate impacts on human economies.
Many corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profits and individuals have proactively sought to take on this challenge. By measuring emissions from the City of Beaverton’s operations, this inventory is a step toward taking action, managing risk and leading the way forward to a more sustainable city.
Beaverton is proud to have six years of greenhouse gas inventories, including tracking emissions from city purchases. Review the Greenhouse Gas Inventory for a comparison of results from 2008-2013. The city has decreased its GHG emissions 13% from a 2008 baseline.
Beaverton Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The community greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was conducted to establish the baseline carbon footprint of the entire Beaverton community in order to discover the highest-leverage areas for change and plan long-term GHG reductions.
This analysis provides a consumption-based inventory. In other words, these are the emissions associated with consumption by Beaverton households and consumers. The principles of this analysis focus on systems of which the City of Beaverton is a steward, utilize existing capacity and data systems, and inform high-level prioritization of potential actions to reduce GHG emissions. The goal has been to provide the fullest and truest view of the community’s GHG emissions.