Climate Action Plan for Salem

Aerial view of downtown Salem

​The City of Salem has begun a community-wide effort to develop a Climate Action Plan for Salem. The Climate Action Plan will set the course for the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and increase its resilience to climate change. The planning process will seek to develop strategies that reduce emissions and strengthen infrastructure. It will also pursue strategies that build community partnerships, spur innovation, and increase equitable access to services. This approach will help ensure Salem’s resilience through climate change expected through the coming decades.

Impacts from climate change are already visible in the Pacific Northwest. Wildfires, floods, and drought have affected Salem in recent history. The fires of 2020 and the flood of 2012 are two of the most notable examples.

The Climate Action Plan will be a community plan that will include the ideas and commitment of a broad range of community members. Having community input and building a community strategy is a vital component of the Climate Action Plan. You are invited to join the planning process, with activities that align with each phase of the project. Your knowledge and suggestions will make the plan come to life, so we encourage you to take part in the process.

 

Meetings
Jan. 13
Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Workshop #29:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

This Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force workshop will focus on climate vulnerabilities. Please see the agenda for information on how to view this workshop. Task Force members should expect to receive an invitation with instructions on how to join.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6211

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Feb. 17
Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Workshop #39:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

This Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force workshop will focus on climate action strategy development. Please see the agenda for information on how to view this workshop. Task Force members should expect to receive an invitation with instructions on how to join.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6211

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Jul. 28
Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Workshop #49:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

This Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force workshop will focus on climate action implementation planning. Please see the agenda for information on how to view this workshop. Task Force members should expect to receive an invitation with instructions on how to join.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6211

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Climate Action Plan Task Force
A task force is guiding the development of the Climate Action Plan. It consists of a cross section of community and organizational stakeholders representing sectors such as education, business, vulnerable populations, insurance, emergency preparedness, public health, transportation, energy, environment, land use, and three city councilors.

You
There are different ways to participate in Salem's community-wide climate action planning process. Check out our online public engagement platform where you can share ideas and stay informed throughout the process. We plan to send out surveys and host public forums as we move through the project phases.

Consultants
A consultant team led by Verdis Group is providing technical expertise.

Staff advisors
City staff is providing the consultant team advice and sharing knowledge about the City and the Salem community.

 

What is the Climate Action Plan?
The Salem Climate Action Plan will be a strategic plan to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The plan will be co-created with the Salem community and organizational partners and will help guide municipal and local work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for and adjust to the current and future impacts of climate change.

Why is the City doing this project?
City Council called for the preparation of a climate action plan as part of their 2019 Policy Agenda. The City Council's decision follows a recommendation from the 2017 Strategic Plan.

What opportunities are there for public input in the process?
At each stage of the process, there will be opportunities for the public to learn about and provide feedback on the Salem Climate Action Planning process.

Is the City coordinating this project with Our Salem?
The Salem Climate Action Planning Process will be closely coordinated with Our Salem, the City's ongoing project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, as climate action strategies are likely to achieve multiple and overlapping community goals. Below are some of the ways the two projects will intertwine.

  • Timing: The timelines for the Our Salem project and Climate Action Plan project have been aligned to ensure the two projects can inform each other.

  • Staff: The same staff are working on both projects to ensure continuity. For example, the project manager for the Our Salem project is serving on the Climate Action Plan task force.

  • Goals: The draft vision for the Our Salem project includes goals related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The goals will be updated to reflect City Council’s recent vote to set specific GHG reduction goals for the Climate Action Plan.

  • Policies: Staff leading the Climate Action Plan will provide examples of potential policies related to climate change that can be included in the Our Salem project. They will also help facilitate an Our Salem meeting on policies related to the environment in the spring.

What climate actions has the City completed so far?
In 2019, the City conducted a comprehensive Climate Actions Audit to identify completed actions, ongoing practices, and adopted plans that address climate change. Much of the City work has been incorporated into routine maintenance and operating practices, constructed as capital improvement projects, integrated into City plans, or incorporated in the Salem Revised Code. Also in 2019, the City completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This report provides a clear picture of where emissions in Salem come from as well as establishes a baseline from which to measure future reductions. In 2020, the City joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, which is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Membership provides the City with numerous tools and resources to assist in setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and tracking progress.

​Participate

You are invited to join the planning process. To reduce the chance of spreading Coronavirus and to maintain compliance with associated restrictions, we are using an online platform to help with public participation.

Visit to learn more and share ideas

Contact us

Patricia FarrellParks and Natural Resources Planning ManagerPublic Works Department
555 Liberty ST SE, RM 325
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 

 

Project timeline

​Preparation
(Summer-Fall 2020)

  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Task Force Formation
 



Visioning
(Fall 2020)

  • Task Force Workshop 1: Education, Brainstorming, and Visioning
  • City Staff Advisory Meeting 1
  • Public Visioning Activity
 




​Vulnerability Assessment
(Winter 2020-21)

  • Task Force Workshop 2: Identification of Climate Hazards and Vulnerabilities
  • City Staff Advisory Meeting 2
  • Public Climate Hazards Activity
 



Strategy Development
(Spring 2020)

  • Task Force Workshop 3: Brainstorming and Refinement of Strategies
  • City Staff Advisory Meeting 3
  • Public Input of Strategies and Draft Plan
 




​Finalization of Plan
(Fall 2021)

  • Public Input of Final Plan
  • City Council Approval
  • Final Plan Publication
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