Climate Investment Plan Engagement

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Portlanders participated in multiple opportunities to have a say in the development of the first-ever Climate Investment Plan (CIP). We needed every voice, especially those most impacted by climate change, to make sure PCEF’s investments are working toward a climate-resilient future.
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We'd like to thank our community for participating in the Climate Investment Plan development process.

Four phases of engagement in the CIP development process

Round 1: Project overview and accessibility survey. Before launching efforts to write a plan, we listened to what you needed to participate in the Climate Investment Plan process. 

Round 2: Community visioning and priorities. We heard from a diverse range of stakeholders to develop a vision of what’s possible when we invest in community-grounded solutions to address the climate crisis.

Round 3. Preliminary draft. Using information collected from workshops, subject-matter roundtables, relevant community studies, research, and best practices, a preliminary draft of the Climate Investment Plan was released for public review and comment. The preliminary draft contains proposed funding allocations, strategies, and goals. The public comment period closed April 7, 2023.

Round 4. Full Climate Investment Plan draft. After considering comments from the preliminary draft, we refined a full draft of the Climate Investment Plan and circulated it for public review and comment. The full draft contains more detail on program elements and updated goals and strategies. The public comment period closed June 2, 2023. 

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How we used community feedback

Accessibility survey. We know that there can be barriers to participation, so we started this process with a survey to learn more about participating community members and create an inclusive engagement process moving forward. Included in the survey were questions about individual motivations to participate, climate change concerns, and which efforts to address climate change interested participants the most. Read what you told us and how we’ve responded.

Community feedback on the CIP Preliminary Draft. Creating an equitable Climate Investment Plan requires meaningful participation from the community. We are grateful for your commitment to strengthening the CIP by giving us feedback. We received over 500 comments from a diverse group of stakeholders. They include community members, nonprofit organizations, business owners, and government institutions. We also held two community review panels. These included community voices most impacted by climate change. Read what was said.

Our funding priorities

Public engagement is focused on ten funding priorities, which are based on City Council direction during recent code improvements and the original ballot initiative. 

Two priorities are on a different and faster track for development upon request by City Council when they evaluated and updated the PCEF program in October 2022. 

Learn more about the fast-tracked programs

The remaining eight funding priorities are on a separate timeline for development and completion. The public engagement process spans from December 2022 until July 2023 when the PCEF Committee is anticipated to make a recommendation for City Council approval in September 2023.

Topic roundtables

As part of the CIP process, PCEF staff convened roundtables for each funding priority (or topic) in the Climate Investment Plan to create robust first drafts for public review and comment. Roundtables were limited to two 2-hour long meetings that informed the development of goals, outcomes, eligibility criteria, and funding levels for this topic area along with public input from the community visioning and priorities workshops and stakeholder input. An incentive of $300 for participation in both roundtable meetings was provided for those selected.  

How were roundtable participants selected?   

The number of participants was limited to approximately eight individuals to encourage deeper feedback and critical deliberation on program elements to provide thoughtful drafts for public review. Considerations for selection were: 

  1. Specialized expertise including priority population* perspectives.

  2. Play a potential role in implementation.

  3. Availability to participate fully.

  4. Demonstrated community involvement.

*PCEF priority populations are people with low income and people of color; priority populations for workforce and contractor development projects also include people with disabilities, women, and other people experiencing gender or sex-based discrimination in the workplace.  

Roundtable participants

View the list of participants:

Key takeaways

The following documents share key takeaways compiled by PCEF from each topic roundtable: