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2020 Climate Action Plan

We’d love your input! Please fill out our 2020 Climate Action Plan Survey.PCC is updating its Climate Action Plan
PCC's Climate Action Plan Update January 2020 Flyer

PCC’s Climate Action Plan Update – January 2020. Please email sustainability@pcc.edu to receive this document in an alternate format.

PCC is updating its Climate Action Plan

PCC has made significant strides in our climate action progress and now it is time to update our 2013 Climate Action Plan (CAP). In addition to building off the progress we have already made, the updated 2020 CAP will advance climate justice by setting science-based targets for carbon neutrality, addressing local inequities exacerbated by climate change, emphasizing resiliency, and centering equity both in the engagement process and mitigation strategies.

We are working with the firm GreenerU to assist in updating the Climate Action Plan. This planning process will align with the college’s strategic planning efforts. More info for ways to engage can be found below and we will be updating details and opportunities regularly. You can also email us at sustainability@pcc.edu to receive updates via email and learn more about PCC’s Commitment to Climate Action.




Below is our anticipated timeline for 2020, though this schedule is subject to change.

  • February – March: Data gathering and current state assessment
  • April – June: Main stakeholder engagement
  • June – September: Drafting of Climate Action Plan
  • October – November: Opportunity for feedback & finalizing of 2020 Climate Action Plan

Task Force

We are recruiting folks to participate on the CAP Update Task Force. The time commitment for task force members is approximately seven 1.5 hour meetings between the months of May – September and some committee work outside of meetings. The task force will be divided into four different focus areas for this process. If you are interested, please fill out our Task Force Interest Form.

Virtual Listening Sessions

Listening sessions are a “live” opportunity for the college community to hear about the update process, ask questions,  and provide your input.  An evaluator will be present to ensure equitable participation, and call attention to unintended consequences, while maintaining a safe space. 

Spring listening sessions have concluded. We will have additional opportunities in the fall. To schedule a personalized listening session for your group, email sustainability@pcc.edu. 

Climate Action Plan Update Assignment

The PCC Sustainability Office has created a Climate Action Plan Update Assignment that faculty may use in their classes to create opportunities for students to provide feedback and engage in this process. Please provide student feedback to sustainability@pcc.edu.

PCC 2020 Climate Action Plan Update Assignment

Below we have provided links to places where faculty and students may dig deeper into local planning efforts, state and local policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate equity, and other related topics.

PCC’s Climate Commitment

Learn more about PCC’s Commitment to Climate Action and the Second Nature Carbon Commitment

Available Data

Please email sustainability@pcc.edu with requests for raw data. Here are a few examples of what’s available.

  • Raw energy data and building square footage information by campus
  • Raw greenhouse gas data sheet by scope for Scopes I & II
  • Greenhouse gas information by type (e.g. direct fuel purchases, natural gas consumption, electric consumption, water consumption, purchases, & commuting)
  • Renewable energy production
Local Climate Action Planning Efforts
State of Oregon Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Goals
Oregon Legislature
  • HB 3543 (2007): Arrests Greenhouse Gas emissions growth. Goals include reducing 10% below 1990 emissions levels by 2020 and 75% below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • HB 2620 (2010): Requires that public entities spend 1.5% of the total contract price of public improvements for new construction or major renovations of public buildings on renewable technologies.
  • SB 24 (2015): Removes previous clean fuels sunset date of December 2015 and authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality to issue regulations regarding clean fuels.
  • SB 838 (2007) and SB 1547 (2016): Oregon Renewable Energy Act of 2007: Establishes a renewable portfolio standard for electric utilities and retail electricity suppliers. SB 1547 updated the standard to raise the target to 50% renewable energy by 2040, which includes both Portland General Electric and Pacific Power. Furthermore, Portland General Electric has pledged to end the use of coal in Oregon by 2035.
  • HB 3612: Oregon State agencies are directed to reduce energy consumption 20% below 2000 levels by 2015. (Does not apply to PCC)
Oregon Governor’s Office
City of Portland, & Multnomah County, Portland Metro
Regional Planning Efforts that Incorporate Climate Equity & Resilience
Equity Planning Tools
PCC Equity Tools