Representatives of the Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project brought their latest report to the Metro Policy Advisory Committee Wednesday night, and to the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation Thursday morning. Both committees are made up of leaders from around the Portland region.
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Oregonians asked to reduce a half million vehicle miles traveled during first statewide Drive Less Challenge
The first statewide Oregon Drive Less Challenge is kicking off this week with the goal of reducing a half million vehicle miles traveled during a 12-day stretch from October 21 through November 1, 2013.
Climate Smart project looks toward future in update after governor recognizes 40 years of land use planning
On a day when Oregon's governor and land use commissioners celebrated the 40th anniversary of Senate Bill 100, Metro officials were looking forward, to the coming decades, in a presentation to the Land Conservation and Development Commission.
Planners from the regional government have been working to address a mandate from the Oregon Legislature to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was unclear Friday if the EPA's proposed standards, if adopted nationwide, would move Metro closer to being able to address the state's mandates.
But without more money to fund those plans, region might not make state's tailpipe emission reduction targets
Regional leaders were brought up to speed on Metro's tailpipe emissions reduction plan Wednesday, as staff working on the Climate Smart Communities project briefed the Metro Policy Advisory Committee.
The emissions study, in its second phase, is a look at how to address a state mandate to curb greenhouse gases from cars, pickups and SUVs in the Portland region. With improvements to fuel economy only partly closing the gap to the state mandate, planners are trying to figure out how to get people to drive less.
Staffers with the Climate Smart Communities program told councilors the new time frame will allow for more feedback from the region’s cities as Metro gets set to pick which greenhouse gas reduction efforts should be studied in detail. That study will continue until 2014.
Leaders from Metro are leaning on a mandate from state government to lend legitimacy to the Climate Smart Communities program, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles by 70 percent per capita before 2035. But they'd like to do that by making it so people don't have to do as much driving, by improving access to jobs, stores and restaurants in the suburbs where driving is prevalent.
Three years after the Oregon Legislature told the Metro region to curb its per capita vehicle emissions, an effort to figure out how to curb those emissions is starting to make sense.
At no point has that been more clear than at Wednesday night's meeting of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee, where representatives of governments from around the Portland region asked specific questions about the project and how it would apply to their communities.
Metro councilors Kathryn Harrington and Carl Hosticka joined city councilors and planning commissioners from Beaverton and Tigard in a joint meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Beaverton Library, to talk about Metro's Climate Smart Communities project and other planning endeavors in Washington County.
Stay warm this season, but don't stay in too long. Enjoy birding with the experts at Mount Talbert Nature Park and get tips on building a natural refuge at Oxbow Regional Park. And don't miss the bus – the Magic School Bus, that is. Catch Ms. Frizzle and her students in a play about climate change this weekend.