Goals include a community target to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton has released its first Climate Action Plan. The document includes 86 action items that will help reach community goals. The plan was adopted by City Council at its November 12 meeting.
The Beaverton Climate Action Plan (BCAP) is built upon a guiding principle of keeping the global temperature increase to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius with a community target of a 100 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and city operation targets of 50 percent fossil fuel reduction and carbon neutral by 2030.
“We must approach the issue of climate change together,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “We know we can achieve much more if our local, state, national and global priorities match. I want us to leave Beaverton better for future generations and now is the time to make this happen.”
Prior to BCAP adoption, the city received survey response from more than 500 community members. Eighty percent of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the city should adopt a climate action plan to reduce our community’s impact on climate change.
City staff, in consultation with Good Company of Eugene, Oregon, authored the document with input from public and private agencies in the region. Implementation of the plan will begin in 2020 and include opportunities for residents and businesses to get involved.
One of the ways the city will engage with households, schools and community groups is with an online tool called the Beaverton Climate Challenge, which enables participants to set household level goals for climate action and monitor their progress. Details on that program will be shared in spring 2020.
The BCAP is available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/green.