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Aiming for Carbon Zero and Portland Housing Choices

Portland’s Climate Action goals call for all new buildings to achieve zero-net carbon emissions by 2030. Can it be done? Let’s Talk Climate takes up this question on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in Copeland Commons, TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland. Advances in science and technology have now made it possible to build homes that cut energy use to close to zero and are still affordable. Just like advances in wind and solar technology, these ultra-low energy buildings are becoming more accessible every day, and some are now being built as affordable housing.
Here in the Portland metro area, the low-energy Orchards at Orenco complex, built by REACH, recently completed phase II for families whose income is under $30,000/year. REACH states that “The building is expected to achieve nearly 90% energy reduction for heating and 60-70% less overall energy use compared with a typical building of the same type and size in the Pacific Northwest.  Innovative features include triple-pane…

What Lies Ahead for State-Wide Energy Policy?

Let’s Talk Climate kicks off the 2017 series on Wednesday, January 25 with a high-powered discussion of climate-related measures coming before the Oregon legislature. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Copeland Commons Room of TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland.

A three-member panel will discuss upcoming legislation in the Oregon Legislature’s “long session,” January through June, followed by a question/answer discussion with the audience.

Angus Duncan, Chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, will speak first about legislation that the Commission believes necessary for Oregon to meet its climate goals. Because the Commission recommends statutory and administrative changes, policies, and other actions to be carried out by the state government, it plays a key role in determining measures to be introduced in this legislative session.

Senator Michael Dembrow, representing Oregon’s 23rd District in the Oregon Senate, will give an insider's view of upcoming environmental …

Let’s Talk Climate Hope: Progress to Build On

Stephanie Kaza's recent article appears in the SE Examiner's January issue. Thus:

In the aftermath of the November election, many people are wondering what will happen with U.S. climate commitments.  Many people fear we will lose ground with cabinet nominees who seem bent on unraveling all climate action progress.  There are plenty of good reasons to imagine a backward-trending future under such leadership.
But let’s not go there for a minute.  Here’s something different for the New Year: let’s look at Oregon’s successes and celebrate how far we’ve come.  Celebrating success seems out of fashion in the midst of so much handwringing.  But it is still good to know our history and what we have to build on as our state legislature begins this year’s work.  
The Oregon Global Warming Commission is one of the lead state agencies for tracking climate progress.  In a recent memo to the Oregon League of Women Voters, the chair of the Commission, Angus Duncan, pointed out significant steps…