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 Ten Broad Strategies for Salem to Reach Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals. 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.
Our recommendations, along with more than 200 ideas from community members, experts and members of the Climate Action Plan Task Force, are being considered. 350 Salem OR representative, Janet Lorenzen, serves on the task force, which will conclude its work December 2021.
Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-04 committed Oregon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. In June the City of Portland set a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050. The cities of Eugene, Corvallis, Bend, Ashland and Milwaukie have set similar goals.