How can we reduce emissions by 2020? Attend June 9 forum to contribute to the discussion

June 7, 2011

Multnomah County is collaborating with the City of Portland and the Oregon Global Warming Commission (OGWC) to host a community workshop on June 9 to discuss strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. The workshop is free and open to all.

The event is part of a series being held throughout the state to involve Oregonians in the revision of the OGWC Roadmap to 2020, an action-oriented plan to help the state meet its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below today’s levels by 2020.

The series of community forums will also help the state get a head start on reaching its 2050 goal of reducing emissions to 75 percent below 1990 levels (the 2020 goal is 10 percent below 1990 levels).

Locally, Multnomah County and the City of Portland have made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions despite rapid population growth. In sharp contrast to national trends, emissions in Multnomah county have actually dropped since 2000. Nevertheless, there is still considerable work to be done to ensure that Oregon reaches its emissions goal by 2020.

The Oregon Global Warming Commission Workshop will take place on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Multnomah County Boardroom at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd in Portland.

If you cannot attend the workshop, but would like to contribute to the discussion, take the OGWC online survery. For more information about OGCW and the Roadmap to 2020, visit www.keeporegoncool.org