Upcoming Events and Actions
Salem Climate Action Plan
The Time Has Come
Join 350 Salem OR at the City of Salem Strategic Plan Open House
September 19 Broadway Coffee House 1300 Broadway St. NE 6:00-8:00 pm
Tell the City Council to take strong climate action &
have a voice in other priorities for Salem’s future.
Salem Needs a Climate Action Plan
Salem is the only major city in Oregon that has not completed or begun to develop a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and associated climate impacts.
What is it?
A Climate Action Plans is a set of coordinated policy actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality while providing equitable co-benefits to the community (positive impacts beyond emissions reductions) like:
- Supporting local businesses, creating jobs, and retaining young workers
- Increasing public transit options particularly for low income groups
- Applying smart city planning to bring affordable housing closer to job opportunities
- Improving energy resiliency and increasing capacity to respond to emergencies
- Supporting safer walkable/bikeable communities and increasing access to green spaces
- Making healthy food more accessible
The Salem City Council is working on a Strategic Plan that will set goals for the next five years. The Council agreed to form an Environmental Work Group within the Strategic Plan process and the Work Group identified a Climate Action Plan as one of its goals. Strong community support will encourage the Council to develop and implements an effective CAP for Salem.
Downtown Salem photo: M.O. Stevens cc3
Our September 9 Forum “A Climate Action Plan for Salem – What Can We Learn from Other Oregon Cities?” was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended and to all who worked so hard to make it happen. Former Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Linda Lovett from tbe Corvallis Climate Action Task Force gave inspiring and informative presentations on their efforts to develop climate action plans in their cities. Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett introduced Ms. Piercy and Ward 2 Councilor Tom Andersen gave an update on what the City Council is doing.
Thanks to videographer and 350 Salem OR member Raymond Dukes, you can watch the whole Forum here: https://vimeo.com/233164933
Check out this interview with Linda Wallmark & Laurie Dougherty talking about 350 Salem OR, recorded on September 6 on KMUZ – Willamette Wake Up World Views with Catalina de Onis: http://kmuz.org/willamette-wake-up-09062017-world-views-wednesday-350-salem/