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.

Salem's Climate Action Planning Process Begins

Salem and community partners are in the process of developing a Climate Action Plan for the Salem community. You are invited to take part in the planning process to help develop a process to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a resilient community.
What’s happening
Nov. 18
Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Workshop #19:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

This Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force workshop will focus on climate action visioning. 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.

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.

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