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CLIMATE
FOCUSED
POLICY MAKING

Climate policy is often thought of as reducing investment in roadway infrastructure and increasing investment in public transportation. The reality, however, is that there are climate implications in all policy development.

We need to create a city council that uses a climate justice lens to address all policy making.

What might that look like? Let's think about it in the context of critical housing growth:

  • Resilient development
    We can use a climate lens to incentivize development that works to neutralize the impact of new construction on the environment and neighborhood infrastructure

  • Green REdevelopment
    We can prioritize making climate resilient improvements to our existing built environment, and reducing the impact of deconstruction and new development by prioritizes conversion of vacant property to housing options

  • Shade equity investments
    We must invest in mitigating the "heat islands" we've created through historic destruction of urban green spaces and a lack of in investment in trees and accessible parks in neighborhoods that disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized neighborhoods

I support Portland in adopting a resolution to reduce our investment in fossil fuels, and eliminate our collaborations with the big oil industry.

I support the development of a plan to eliminate the CEI Hub and its catastrophic impact on the Willamette River, and extremely dangerous risk in the case of a natural disaster.

... AND ...

As part of the first city council in our new structure of local government I will fight diligently to ensure we establish a framework for considering climate justice in all policy analysis.

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