Beaverton Climate Plan Passes!
By Adam Gretzinger, House District Leader HD-27
Good news in Beaverton! City passes 86 point Climate Plan 11/12/2019
Beaverton is the newest city in the area to pass a major Climate Change plan. In the face of unanimous supportive public comment on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 the Beaverton City Council passed an 86 point climate plan 4 to zero (two councilors were absent). The city has previously passed numerous smaller initiatives, however this plan is a 5 year plan with checkpoints built in.
Read the entire plan >>here.
The evening started off with PGE reporting that Beaverton is 3% higher on voluntary enrollment green power enrollment then the larger Washington County and that push over the last few months has enrolled an additional 6,000 customers. Beaverton’s power customers are at about 33% enrollment in the Green power programs. The city and PGE also shared with citizens that the public safety center will have roof-top solar and battery storage necessary to power the building in the event of a major power outage.
The plan will be carried out by the city over the next 5 years, with the counselors asking for more frequent updates, and action items. The city will be hiring staff to carry out the plan as well as seeking a volunteer commission/board to help accelerate the process. Survey results indicated about 80% of 500+ city residents surveyed support or strongly support action on climate.
If you have a moment to read the plan, comment, and get involved!