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In 2023, the Oregon Legislature directed ODOE to create a new Community Navigator​ program through HB 3630 – a bill that was introduced in response to the significant federal funding coming from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, in addition to other state energy programs. ​ ​
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ODOE’s Community Navigator program is designed to empower local communities throughout the state of Oregon in their pursuit of energy solutions. We believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and knowledge needed to create a more safe, equitable, ​clean, and sustainable future.​

How we can help:

  • Connecting Communities: We act as a bridge between state and federal funding opportunities, technical assistance programs, and local needs.
  • Foster Collaboration: We facilitate communication and collaboration between communities, tribal governments, local organizations, and utilities.
  • Empower Local Solutions: We provide the tools and support communities need to develop and implement their own energy projects, through building consensus and supporting their energy initiatives.
  • Data and Resources: We provide access to valuable data and resources to inform decision-making processes.

Our focus:

  • Environmental Justice Communities: We prioritize assisting underserved communities that have been historically left behind in energy advancements. These are defined in ORS as:
    • Communities of Color
    • Communities experiencing lower incomes.
    • Tribal communities
    • Rural communities
    • Coastal communities
    • Communities with limited infrastructure
    • Communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes and adversely harmed by environmental and health hazards.
  • Renewable Energy Development: We support the growth of clean energy projects in environmental justice communities.
  • Energy Efficiency: We promote programs and initiatives that help communities save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Energy Resilience: We assist communities in development plans and strategies to prepare for and respond to power outages and other energy disruptions.

Connect with Program Staff:

  • Sarah Moehrke, Community Navigator 503-508-2352
  • Alice Weston, Rural Energy Coordinator - Central Oregon, RARE​ Americorps Member 503-931-3340

On the Road in Oregon Blog Series:

Community Navigator program staff have been writing a monthly blog series "On the Road in Oregon," that takes you on a journey through the heart of Oregon's diverse communities. In this series, we explore the work of the Community Navigator Program as its staff fosters connections and collaborati​on across the state. Join us as we uncover the stories, challenges, and triumphs of communities across Oregon, showcasing the power of community engagement and sustainable initiatives

 ​HB 3630
​Spring 2024​ at ODOE: What's Happening​​

Connect with program staff

Sarah Moehrke, Community Navigator: 503-508-2352

Alice Weston, Rural Energy Coordinator - Central Oregon, RARE ​Americorps ​Member: