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ENN-3.02 - Sustainable City Government Partnership

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WHEREAS, the City of Portland has a long-standing commitment to stewardship, prosperity, and efficiency both in its internal practices and in community-wide initiatives; and

WHEREAS, many bureaus have demonstrated exemplary leadership in pursuing sustainable practices in their operations; and

WHEREAS, previous coordinated resource efficiency measures have resulted in considerable cost savings for City government, including $18 million in energy bill savings since 1992 through City Energy Challenge projects, with more than $2.3 million in savings in 2005-06 alone; and

WHEREAS, significant opportunities remain to build on existing bureau efforts and to foster a collaborative City-wide effort to integrate environmental, economic and social sustainability into municipal operations; and

WHEREAS, the City has adopted resource conservation and sustainability policies that would be further supported and strengthened by the Sustainable City Government Partnership, including:

·  1990 Energy Policy (Ordinance No. 162975),

·  Sustainable City Principles (Resolution No. 35338),

·  Local Action Plan on Global Warming (Resolution No. 35995),

·  City of Portland Green Building Policy (Resolution No. 35956),

·  Sustainable Procurement Strategy (Resolution No. 36061),

·  Sustainable Paper Use Policy (Resolution No. 36146), and

·  Toxics Reduction Strategy (Resolution No. 36408); and

WHEREAS, the Bureau Innovation Project (BIP) Implementation Team has reviewed and approved the BIP #18 Sustainable City Government Partnership working group’s recommendations (see Attachment A) for the creation of a coordinated City-wide sustainability effort.


NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Portland City Council acknowledges the work that has been done to date by many of the City of Portland bureaus to implement resource conservation and efficiency practices and programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Portland City Council adopts the Sustainable City Government Partnership to set specific goals, objectives and performance measurements to be used by all bureaus and City Council in decision making; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that City bureau directors are directed to:

·  Appoint a bureau Sustainability Liaison who has direct access to bureau management decision makers and has experience or skills in developing or implementing strategic plans, and

·  Adopt, implement and update a bureau specific sustainability plan and progress report, and

·  Contribute to an annual City-wide sustainability report on progress; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Office of Management & Finance (OMF) and the Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) are directed to work with bureau directors, and their Sustainability Liaisons, to implement the Sustainable City Government Partnership and to report progress to City Council annually; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sustainable Development Commission is directed to review the bureau sustainability plans and the City-wide annual report and provide recommendations to City Council.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution will become binding City policy upon adoption and shall be included in the Portland Policy Documents.


Resolution No. 36468 adopted by City Council December 20, 2006.

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