Metro seeks input on Climate Smart Strategy

UPDATE 10/28/2014: To read the full comments submitted by Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Pacific Northwest Region, click here.

Have you heard about Metro’s Climate Smart Strategy? What is Climate Smart?

Metro has been crunching the numbers and they’ve found something interesting: if we build the kinds of places where you and your family can walk, bike, take transit and avoid traffic, we can also dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions. Another thing: if we build a transportation system where freight trucks, kids walking or biking to school, commuters and transit can move efficiently and people have more choices for getting around, we can also dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Metro wants to know your priorities for a Climate Smart region. How can we make a clean, healthy transportation system that gets kids to school, commuters to work and everyone home safely? Can we help freight and transit get where they need to go without getting stuck in so much traffic? Can we build a strong economy and improve equity across the region? And can we meet state-mandated targets for lower greenhouse gas emissions at the same time?

Your voice is important

How we get there matters, and it’s going to take fully investing in our communities’ adopted plans, and our regional government needs to know what is important to you. Metro is taking public input on the Draft Climate Smart Scenarios between September 15 – October 30.
Tell them what you think: makeagreatplace.org.

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature required the Portland metropolitan region to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and small trucks by 2035. After four years of collaboration and engagement with regional partners and the public, a draft Climate Smart Strategy is ready for review, with ten key policy areas for the Climate Smart Communities project. Read more here.

Save the Date

Testify at a Metro Council hearing at 2:00pm on Oct. 30, 2014, at 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, in Council chamber.

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