Leading Sustainable Portland by Example: Recommendations for a
Sustainable Portland City Hall
Melissa A. Boyd and Holli R. Andrews
ABSTRACT: The Portland Municipal Climate Change Working Group prepared a report in March 2008 that outlined several recommendations as a commitment by the City to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) produced during daily municipal operations. The Municipal Climate Action Plan was written in partnership with Clean Air â€“ Cool Planet and Portland officials, and acknowledges under Recommendation #2 that an employee energy efficiency program would provide significant positive impact on the Cityâ€™s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Best practices from three cities show that focus on the greening of City Hall is critical in developing a program that promotes partnerships, community engagement and real cost savings. The cities of Sarasota, Toronto and Burlington offer a wealth of resources which, if adopted by the City of Portland, could surely offer keys to success.