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Oregon Legislation on Climate Change
House Bill 3543
House Bill 3543 (Climate Change Integration Act) was passed in 2007 and set specific greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for Oregon:
  1. By 2010, arrest the growth of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions and begin to reduce them.
  2. By 2020, achieve greenhouse gas levels that are 10% below 1990 levels.
  3. By 2050, achieve greenhouse gas levels that are at least 75% below 1990 levels.
The bill also created the Global Warming Commission. The Commission is responsible for recommendations to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets.

House Bill 2001
The 2009 House Bill 2001 (Jobs in Transportation Act) is essentially a transportation funding plan. The three core themes of the bill are:
1)      accountability, innovation, and environmental stewardship
2)      highway, road, and street funding
3)      multimodal funding

House Bill 2186
House Bill 2186, adopted in 2009, is a wide-ranging piece of legislation that seeks to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. Section 10 requires the creation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Task Force to evaluate alternative land use and transportation scenarios that would meet community growth needs, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and recommend future legislative action to support such efforts.

Senate Bill 1059
In 2010, the Oregon Legislature directed ODOT and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to provide an overall framework for transportation and climate change in Senate Bill 1059.
ODOT and DLCD are to:
  • Coordinate and consult with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other state agencies to develop a state-level strategy to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation.
  • Develop a toolkit to assist local governments and MPOs in reducing greenhouse gases from transportation.
  • Develop guidelines for scenario planning, and provide information to DLCD to set transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction targets for major metropolitan areas.
  • Conduct outreach and education to the public.
  • Work with local governments within areas served by an MPO to consider what actions they might take, transportation-wise, to reduce greenhouse gases in the short-term.

Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (SB 1059) website