The Oregon Sustainability Board (OSB) was created in 2001, and encourages activities that best sustain, protect and enhance the environment, economy and community for the present and future benefit of Oregonians. The Governor appoints OSB members who represent a variety of stakeholders within the state of Oregon.
The Legislature adopted the Oregon Sustainability Act (ORS 184.421-435), which established the state's overall sustainability policy. The legislation created the OSB and established legislative goals for state government around sustainability. A January 2013 memo from the Office of the Governor directed the OSB to oversee agency implementation of sustainability related executive orders and identify areas of joint interest and action with the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council and Environmental Justice Task Force.
The Board, which meets quarterly, is actively involved in the oversight of agency sustainability plans and initiatives, as well as statewide projects working to enhance the environment, economy and community.
Agency sustainability plan oversight
Agencies that have recently completed or updated their sustainability plans
periodically report on their progress to the OSB.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes:
In parallel to planning efforts, the OSB has been working to develop a common set of core sustainability metrics on which agencies can report for comparison and aggregation.
Material footprinting project
Every product has an environmental "footprint" - the resources used and pollutants released over the life of the product including supply chain, production, use and management of end-of-life. "Carbon footprint" is the most common type of footprint, but businesses are exploring other types of footprints as well, addressing issues such as the water used to make products, or the toxic chemicals released over their life.
Businesses use product environmental footprinting to assess environmental conditions, identify opportunities for improvement, uncover business potential, and communicate with customers. Case studies include:
The food footprint documents are now posted on the Oregon Department of Environmetal Quality website. These studies summarize existing product footprinting literature regarding the environmental impacts of a variety of foods - some of which are produced in Oregon and others not produced here but consumed in significant quantities in Oregon. This information may be helpful to producers and purchasers working to reduce environmental impacts of foods. To understand the context and parameters of this project, begin your exploration with the project Foreward.
Here are several Food study reports for tomatoes, wine, pork, land-based aquaculture, beer, coffee and citrus fruits and juices. You will also find reports on transportation as well as packaging and wasted food.
Sign up for email updates on category-level product environmental footprinting of foods.
In partnership with the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association, DEQ is making available to all concrete producers in Oregon a tool that allows them to calculate the carbon footprint of each of their different concrete mixes. The State of Oregon is also providing support for verifying these calculations so that they can be shared with customers, in a format called an "environmental product declaration."
State employee survey project
The OSB is overseeing an effort to survey state employees about their understanding and support for sustainability - and what knowledge, support and training can be provided to further sustainability efforts across the enterprise. It is anticipated that the survey will be administered in 2017, with results available to inform sustainability efforts in 2018 and beyond.
Other presentations to the board
Governor's sustainability awards
The Governor's Sustainability awards program is intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. Sustainable practices are broadly defined as those that strive to optimize an organization's financial, environmental and social performance.
Reports to the Legislature