Salem Climate Action Plan

Our Salem is creating a vision for the future of Salem City. The multi-year planning project has been shaped by public workshops, stakeholder interviews and surveys, and will guide city development for years to come.

350 Salem OR has provided a consistent presence during the planning process. In response to several years of advocacy, a Climate Action Plan was funded as part of Salem’s Comprehensive Plan. Now we are urging the city to adopt goals and actions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the plan.

Salem’s residents and the city council want reduced emissions and a city more resilient to climate change, 350 Co-coordinator Phil Carver told the Salem Reporter, but city planners have to go about it in a more methodical, goal-oriented way if we want to get there.”

Cars and trucks are the major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Salem (53%). We envision a walkable, livable community where all residents can live in neighborhoods where places to live, work and recreate are within easy reach. In the aftermath of the pandemic, many leaders predict a future with fewer cars and less driving.