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Big Moves and Bright Ideas

Our Portland Climate Challenge Game Plan

Diagram showing Climate Challenge big moves: Better Transit, Safer Biking, Greener Travel Choices, Equitable Mobility, City Building Efficiency and Community Renewables

Through the Climate Challenge, we're speeding up our efforts to reduce the impact of our buildings and transportation system on our climate. PBOT and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) are using Climate Challenge resources to move further, faster in several key areas. While this doesn't reflect all that Portland is doing to combat climate change, these bold strategies will accelerate our impact and make our other investments even more successful. 

But these big moves and bright ideas don't just move the needle on carbon--they will also help us create a more equitable, resilient and livable city. Throughout the Climate Challenge, we are centering racial equity and climate justice. Change is not always easy, but by taking bold steps, we can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable community members and make it easier for everyone to get around our city. 

We've accepted the challenge. Now it's time to get to work. Check back regularly for more updates on our Climate Challenge actions.


Big Moves and Bright Ideas 

  • Better Transit: We're implementing four Central City in Motion transit improvement projects by December 2020, adding 1.54 miles of bus only lanes on our most congested transit corridors in the central city. We're also advancing the Rose Lane Project, which aims to expand enhanced transit across the city. PBOT is using Climate Challenge resources to accelerate the technical planning process, spread the news about the improved bus experience, and measure the impact these investments have on Portlanders.
  • Safer Biking: PBOT will complete three Central City in Motion bike projects, making cycling in the central city safer and more comfortable. We'll also advance planning for bike improvements on SW Naito and SW 4th Avenue. PBOT is using Climate Challenge resources to encourage more Portlanders to give cycling a try on these new and improved bike lanes. 
  • Greener Travel Choices: PBOT will expand the reach of our incentives and programs that help Portlanders walk, bike and ride transit rather than driving whenever possible. Strategies include expanding the Transportation Wallet, prioritizing curb space for multi-passenger trips, and exploring other opportunities through a new Transportation Demand Management Action Plan. PBOT is using Climate Challenge resources to improve the user experience of these programs, better understand why we make the transportation choices that we do, and come up with creative new ideas.
  • Equitable Mobility: In addition to infrastructure improvements and programs focused on people, PBOT is exploring how to make our entire transportation system more equitable so people can move around our city more easily. Our current system disproportionately impacts certain people and congestion affects us all--hurting our economy, our health and our climate. PBOT is using Climate Challenge resources to advance our thinking and engage community members in a conversation around how to make our transportation system more efficient and equitable, such as through Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility.

  • City Building Efficiency: Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective actions we can take to reach our carbon reduction goals. BPS is establishing an Energy Action Plan for City Buildings, which will provide a roadmap for decarbonizing City buildings and energy supply. BPS is using Climate Challenge resources to accelerate this planning effort.
  • Community Renewables: BPS is supporting the development of at least one community solar project in Portland by the end of 2020 that will benefit low income and communities of color. Community solar is a collective effort to site, fund and construct a commercial-scale solar energy system that benefits people who can't put solar on their own rooftops. BPS is using Climate Challenge resources to advance technical planning and engage local partners in this work.