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Healthy Climate and Clean Air Protection Fees: Use of Funds

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Healthy Climate Fee

The fees generated from the proposed Healthy Climate Fee will enable the City of Portland to accelerate community‐wide climate commitments to cut carbon and transition to a clean energy economy; create jobs; and make our community more resilient, prioritizing BIPOC residents. The Proposed Draft estimates that a Healthy Climate Fee would raise approximately $9 million per year.

The City will work closely with community partners to prioritize the climate commitments supported with these resources. The funds generated would be used to:

  1. Advance and accelerate the City’s decarbonization commitments from the Climate Emergency Declaration, 100 Percent Renewable Energy Resolution, and the City’s Climate Action Plan, such as:
    • Making thousands of existing commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient through whole building energy efficiency retrofits and equipment upgrades.
    • Ensuring 100% of all electricity used to power Portlanders’ homes and businesses is clean and renewable by 2030.
    • Incentivizing and supporting the rapid transition to thousands of electric cars, bikes, and trucks for travel and freight delivery for Portland residents and businesses, including expanding EV infrastructure support by 2030.
    • Expanding safe and affordable options for transit, biking, and walking in all neighborhoods so that all Portlanders can reduce their trips by car.
    • Increasing the tree canopy across the City, especially in East Portland, to reduce the urban heat island effect, and improve air quality and livability for residents across the City.
    • Improving energy affordability and the health and safety of Portland residents, especially BIPOC communities, through investments and incentives in energy efficiency and decarbonization opportunities.
  2. Support improved energy efficiency and decarbonization of operations of the business sector and large institutions by offering revolving loan fund opportunities for some covered entities to make investments to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their emissions, and become more resilient to economic and climate changes.
  3. Improve local community resiliency and adaptive planning for residents and businesses to the local risks of climate change, including wildlife and smoke, heat waves, storms, and flooding.
  4. Collaborate with other jurisdictions (Multnomah County, State of Oregon, Metro), BIPOC communities, and youth‐led organizations to prioritize climate actions that deliver carbon reductions and direct community benefits to those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This includes helping to resource BIPOC‐led community organizations to engage with the City of Portland on climate policy.

Clean Air Protection Fee

The proposal for a Clean Air Protection Fee would generate approximately $2 million annually to create a new program at the City of Portland to improve air quality, address disparities in exposure, prioritize protecting the most vulnerable populations to ensure Portland’s air toxics levels meet the state’s adopted health‐based benchmarks.

Revenue will be used to support the City in administering community‐wide pollution reduction programs and environmental justice protection. The program priorities would be developed collaboratively with community partners, such as:

  1. Analyze how levels of air pollution vary within the city and how that exposure impacts Portland residents, especially BIPOC communities, to inform and prioritize action plans that protect the most marginalized and health impaired in the community, including helping to resource communities. This includes improved access to data and information for communities, City staff, and regional partners.
  2. Develop and manage programs that reduce exposure to air pollution from motor vehicles, construction equipment, residential wood combustion, wildfire events, and heat, with a priority focus on the most marginalized and impacted communities. The City will work with frontline community organizations and other jurisdictional leaders, like Multnomah County and DEQ, to develop priority actions.
  3. Develop and implement a community plan to protect Portlanders from poor air quality and protect the most vulnerable from bad air quality days (for example, expanding access to air filtration systems and cooling community centers for heat and wildfire events, starting in East Portland). This work will be done in coordination with Multnomah County, TriMet, City bureaus, health care and community partners.