Like many Portlanders, I’m often proud of what my city has accomplished and what it stands for, especially in terms of sustainability. That’s why I can’t let the city’s recent Climate Action Plan go unheralded on the Portland Spoke.
Released in early November, the Climate Action Plan is an aggressive road map to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city while expanding programs like efficient energy use, public transportation and bike lanes throughout Portland. The new plan will build on past efforts that have already had big results in Portland — such as a 20 percent reduction in driving in the city and lower carbon emissions than 20 years ago. I can go on and on about the city’s sustainable side — most LEED-certified buildings per capita, eight times the national average of bike commuters, etc., etc. — but the important thing is that this is a very ambitious plan from a city already known for its extensive successes. It’s no wonder Portland was named “America’s Greenest City” by Popular Science last year.
Though the plan didn’t receive too much attention outside of the sustainability sphere, it is noteworthy nonetheless. Read New York Times writer Colin Miner’s blog about the plan or, if you’re really, really interested like me, read the entire document.
Way to go Portland! Many of the items discussed in the plan, such as bike lane infrastructure, will continue to make Portland a great, eco-friendly place to visit both today and tomorrow.