In August, September, and October, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Mayor Wheeler’s Office held three roundtable discussions with youth about the development of a Climate Test for the City of Portland. Participants shared ideas and questions about how to best design a meaningful policy to ensure that City infrastructure investment decisions are informed by the best available climate science. The outcome of these discussions is the draft Carbon Shadow Price Policy. A carbon shadow price puts a dollar value on carbon emissions to analyze and evaluate the climate impact of investment alternatives.
Based on the feedback from those roundtable discussions and engagement with other City bureaus, BPS has developed a draft resolution to establish a carbon shadow price for City decision-making as the first phase of the City of Portland’s Climate Test.
Public comment on the draft Climate Test Resolution is now open! To provide additional opportunities for youth to weigh in on the policy, a public comment period is scheduled for Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 20, 2020. Please submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org; write “Portland Climate Test public comment” in the subject line.
Please review the draft policy documents (Resolution + Exhibit A) and a fact sheet with additional background on the policy:
We look forward to your continued feedback and valuable input!