Salem has committed to the process of developing a Climate Action Plan. The City Council set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, with a second goal of being halfway there by 2035.
350 Salem OR submitted TOP TEN Climate Action Strategies to the City Council. We believe Salem should prioritize strategies likely to meaningfully reduce emissions within the next 3-5 years. We asked the task force to look at aggressive strategies of vehicle electrification; encouraging more biking, walking and transit use; and more use of clean energy to power residences and businesses.
We believe Salem’s climate action strategies should be designed so that they undo historic patterns of disinvestment in Salem’s low-income neighborhoods by prioritizing public spending in those areas.
350 Salem OR representative Janet Lorenzen serves on the task force, which will conclude its work in December 2021.
Here’s how you can help!
- Plan to attend the Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Meeting, October 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The meeting meeting will focus on the draft Climate Action Plan and the launch of a community review and comment period. Contact SalemCAP@cityofsalem.net for an agenda and Zoom link.
Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-04 committed Oregon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.