Corvallis’s First Climate Action Plan

In 2013, in response to increasing concern about global climate change and the potential for volatile and rising fuel prices, a group of community members came together to form the Corvallis Climate Action Plan Task Force to develop the city’s first community Climate Action Plan.

Climate Action Plan Goals

      1. Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 6 percent per year by 2020 and 75 percent below (1990?) levels by 2050.[1]
      2. By 2030, reduce community-wide fossil fuel use by 50 percent over 20xx, which was the base year of data used in the City of Corvallis’s community greenhouse gas inventory.
      3. Identify strategies that will help the community adapt to a changing climate and increasing fossil fuel prices.
      4. Measure, verify and report greenhouse gas emission performance on an annual basis.

How is the Plan Organized?

The strategies are divided into six action areas. The first four are the primary targets for greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel reductions, and the last two focus on actions necessary to adapt to climate change and rising fuel prices. 

      1. Buildings and Energy
      2. Food and Agriculture
      3. Land Use and Transportation
      4. Consumption and Waste
      5. Health and Social Services
      6. Urban Natural Resources

Please note that the actions in each area are not organized by priority. The first action in each section is not necessarily the most important, nor is the last the least important. 

Geographic Scope

Corvallis city limits, 2012

Corvallis city limits, 2012

The community greenhouse gas emissions cited in this climate action plan are from the City of Corvallis 2012 Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, which was completed with support from a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Showcase Communities Program. The boundary for the inventory was Corvallis city limits, and calendar year 2012 was the timeframe for which emissions were calculated.

However, citizens, topic experts and partners from the City of Corvallis and surrounding community—and even beyond—came together to develop this plan, and it is intended to reach well beyond city limits. Climate change poses challenges and opportunities and presents options and action items that will require partnerships and joint efforts across the community.

The Corvallis CAP establishes general directions and offers specific actions over the next three to five years as well as setting long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. However, the scientific and general community’s understanding of climate and energy challenges are evolving rapidly. The direction and goals will need to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

[1] This goal matches Oregon’s stated GHG reduction targets from House Bill 3543. While this target is not equivalent to the fossil fuel reduction target, it reflects the degree of GHG reductions that are necessary, according to scientific research.