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Climate Change and Community Activities
Climate Change
The Board chair and one of its members were appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming. The committee was appointed by the Governor to develop recommendations to him on possible actions the state might undertake to reduce the threats posed by global warming and climate change. The committee developed a strategy which, if adopted, is intended to complement the agenda of the West Coast Governors’ Initiative on Global Warming undertaken by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington.

The Advisory Group invited Oregon citizens, businesses and organizations to offer their comments, additions and criticisms of the goals, approaches and actions assembled in the report. The Advisory Group received citizen input from three public meetings, letters and emails.
The report proposes three objectives to achieve Oregon Benchmark #76, which set the goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels at or below 1990 levels by the year 2010:
  1. By 2010, arrest the growth of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions (including, but not limited to CO2) and begin to reduce them, making measurable progress towards meeting the existing Benchmark of not exceeding 1990 levels.
  2. By 2020, achieve a 10 percent reduction below 1990 greenhouse gas levels.
  3. By 2050, achieve a “climate stabilization” emissions level at least 75 percent below 1990 levels.
At its January 2005 meeting, the Board reviewed the Advisory Group’s report and made recommendations to the Governor on its implementation. The Board specifically did not endorse those parts of the report that proposed negative incentives.
Agriculture and Rural Communities
In September 2004, the Board established an Agricultural sub-committee to catalyze and advance strategies and projects that will help rural Oregon, especially agricultural communities and producers, to achieve more resiliency and profitability in the face of increasing global, regional and local economic, environmental and social changes and challenges. The sub-committee identified three initial project areas: an effort to increase the efficiency of container truck operations in the rural sector; an effort to increase the amount of federal and foundation grants that flow to rural Oregonians; and an effort to maximize the development of renewable energy in rural Oregon and to develop urban/rural partnerships in the area of renewable energy. These three projects are just getting under development in the first quarter of ’05.
Sustainability board members visit eastern Oregon innovators in September 2011.