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Climate Change Integration Group
 
In May 2006, Governor Ted Kulongoski established the Governor’s Climate Change Integration Group.  The Governor established the Integration Group to continue and expand on the work of the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming, which prepared the Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in 2004.  The Governor’s charge to the Climate Change Integration Group is to continue and expand on the work of the Global Warming Advisory Group to develop a climate change strategy for Oregon that provides long-term sustainability for the environment, protect public health, consider social equity, create economic opportunity, and expand public awareness. 
 
The most immediate responsibility assigned to the group is to make a preliminary assessment of the how the state should prepare for adaptation to the impacts of climate change, and deliver a report to the Governor with initial recommendations by the end of the year.  He asked for a more detailed report by the end of 2007.
 
The Governor has acted to implement many of the key recommendations of the Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions .  But these initial steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not enough.  Oregon also must begin planning for adapting to the impacts of the climate change that already has begun.  In addition, the state must expand the research, outreach and education that will complement our mitigation and adaptation efforts while sustaining our economy and environment.  Therefore, the Governor has charged the Integration Group to address four areas: 
 
  1. Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions   (2004); receive reports from state agencies and other implementers, and make additional recommendations to achieve the goals of the strategy;

  2. Assess the current state of knowledge about the sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and vulnerability of natural as well as human economic and social systems to climate change in Oregon and prepare recommendations about how the state can become more resilient and adapt to unavoidable changes;

  3. Stimulate new research programs on mitigation and adaptation strategies in collaboration with the Oregon University System; and,

  4. Provide a clearinghouse for sharing information with citizens about climate change impacts and the opportunities in Oregon to address those impacts in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. 
 
Dr. Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and Mr. Ned, Dempsey, P.E., president of Century West Engineering, will co-chair the CCIG. 
 
Contact:
 
Bill Drumheller, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy, 503.378.4035, bill.drumheller@state.or.us
 



Interim Report from the Climate Change Integration Group
 
CCIG Meetings

CCIG Charter

CCIG Members
 
Governor Appoints Advisory Group

Carbon Allocation Task Force