Climate, Environment & Natural Resources

Cities impact the environment and natural resources directly through their operations, services, and infrastructure (such as transportation, pathways, urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods), through development (such as land use patterns), and resident and business use of water, energy, and waste systems. Many Salem activities protecting our environment, drinking water, flooding, stormwater, and wastewater treatment are the subject of state or federal laws to which the City must comply and may incorporate into local regulations. Salem also prepares for and works to reduce flooding; supports an education program related to keeping streams clean; invests in parks, open spaces and the urban tree canopy; balances land use needs today and into the future; plans for infrastructure needs as the community grows and changes; incents Brownfield clean up and development; invests in energy efficient operations; and plans for resiliency of services to our community.

City of Salem Joins Portland General Electric's Green Future Program

The energy that powers the City of Salem is going to get greener in a big way. By the end of 2021, 80 percent of the energy that powers the City’s operations will come from renewable sources.
What’s happening
Oct. 17
Our Salem Public Workshop6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Crossler Middle School
1155 Davis RD S
Salem OR 97306

This is a public workshop for the Our Salem project.

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

Phone: 503-540-2308

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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 503-540-2308 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Oct. 25
Our Salem Public Workshop6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Chemeketa Community College
Building 8
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem OR 97305

This is a public workshop about the Our Salem project. The meeting will be held in Spanish.

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

Phone: 503-540-2308

Learn more

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 503-540-2308 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day - Some city offices closed for holiday observance

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Nov. 28
Thanksgiving - Some city offices closed for holiday observanceCivic Center
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Nov. 29
Thanksgiving - Some city offices closed for holiday observanceCivic Center
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

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