Hi everyone,

We’re thrilled to announce BIG news about the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF)! This summer, the Portland City Council approved an unprecedented $111 million funding package, setting 65 new community projects in motion. These grants will help the communities hit hardest by climate change generate their own solar power, build better food systems, and enter careers in the new green workforce, all with the goal of repairing racial wealth disparities and making our city more resilient to the climate crisis.

Some projects receiving this round of grants:

  • Upgrading affordable housing developments and community centers like the new Street Roots headquarters with community solar arrays and battery storage that will supply emergency backup power and return proceeds to low-income households
  • Energy efficiency upgrades that will slash both utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions for low-income homeowners and renters, half of whom will be people of color
  • Helping BIPOC and low-income households transition from fossil fuel heating to ductless heat pumps that keep residents cool in the summer and warm in the winter while dramatically reducing their energy costs
  • Converting over 4 acres of former baseball field into a diversified space offering land access, ceremonial and community spaces, ecosystem restoration, and  to Portland’s urban native community

This is the biggest distribution of PCEF money to date, and it’s only the first round. Let’s take a moment to celebrate, and to honor all the organizing that went into establishing this fund.

The PCEF coalition – a group led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and supported by environmental allies like 350PDX – fought for years to establish this fund, shaping it from the ground up. Together, we organized Portland voters to make history with the passage of the PCEF ballot measure in 2018, establishing the nation’s first-ever municipal climate justice fund. In the years since, the PCEF coalition and our community partners have continued to work with City leaders to support the program as it continues to grow.

Those years of working hard and building trust are paying off. Thanks to this historic partnership and the leadership of Portland’s frontline communities, this fund will continue to shape our city for years to come.

Thanks for your support as this work continues,

Indi Namkoong, 350PDX Coalition Manager

Take Action

For quick actions like petitions, check out our Take Action PageSee here for our broader Volunteer Opportunities.

There’s still time to join 350PDX Summer School!

Chris, our Volunteer Manager, has put together a series of free, self-paced, online courses in the fundamentals of the climate justice movement. 25 video lessons take you through three sections:

  • People Power 101
  • Climate Justice 101
  • Finding Your Place In The Movement

These are available throughout the summer of 2022, so folks can skill themselves up in the slow summer months when other things – like actions, events, team meetings – tend to be less frequent. Click here to enroll in the courses!

Tell FERC: Deny the GTN-Xpress Project!

TC Energy (the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline) is planning to expand its Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline, which runs from British Columbia all the way to California, by up to 250,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d). That’s enough gas to service 1.2 million households each day — an awful lot of gas to be piping into a region that is supposed to be moving away from its reliance on fracked gas.

An expansion project of this magnitude would lock our region into at least 30 years of additional reliance on fracked gas. And if TC Energy ultimately abandons the project when fracked gas demand inevitably falls, ratepayers could be on the hook to pay for the project.

Before TC Energy can break ground on its expansion project, it must get approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A central part of FERC’s review involves an analysis of whether the proposed project is in the public interest. Considering Oregon and Washington’s clear desire to move away from fossil fuels, it seems like a no-brainer that a major pipeline expansion project is not in the public interest.  Make your voice heard: Submit an official comment to FERC here.

Take action all summer for a Fossil Free Multnomah County!

Join us in gathering petition signatures to our Multnomah County Commissioners to advocate for fossil fuel free buildings! We have an exciting window to make some big policy changes in the County. This toolkit has everything you need to join us in gathering petition signatures in person and online all summer. Let’s get to 1,000+ signatures by the end of the summer! Can you help us do it?

Sign the 350PDX Pledge of Action!

Climate change is scary, but there are meaningful actions that anyone can take to fight back. Help us build the just, resilient world we all deserve by signing the Pledge of Action! Whether you are brand-new to the movement or a seasoned activist, we want you to join us by taking the pledge.

Events & Opportunities

Webinar: Reject U.S. Support of the Marcos Dynasty

Thu, Aug 11, 5pm — online, register here

Join our partners at ICHRP-US in the kick off to their webinar series on US support of the Marcos Dynasty. 50 years since the Marcos declaration of Martial Law, Marcos Jr. now sits in Malacanang as President of the Philippines and is attempting to whitewash his family’s legacy of human rights atrocities.

Protest Music Class

Sun, Aug 14, 11am-3pm — 350PDX Office (3625 N Mississippi Ave)

The 350PDX Arts Team is hosting a free Protest Music Class this Sunday, August 14, from 11-3 PM at the 350PDX office. We’ll start at 11:00 with building some percussion instruments like drums, tambourines, shakers, take lunch at 12:30, then have a Rhythm and Chanting and Songs Class at 1:00. Leslie Hassberg will be the instructor. If you can come, be sure to check for availability with Donna by emailing her at murph1949@aol.com.

Webinar: Understanding the Science

Wed, Aug 24, 11pm — online, Register here.

Addressing the wildfire crisis in the West requires reframing it as a home-ignition problem and not a wildland fire problem. Understanding the science of home ignition—or how a home burns down—can inform effective community planning, federal and state policies, and locally-driven solutions to reduce wildfire risks to homes and neighborhoods.

Join Dr. Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project & Dr. Kimiko Barrett of Headwaters Economics for a 90 minute discussion with Q&A, as they help us understand the science!

350PDX Volunteer Orientation

Monday, Aug 29, 6-7:30pm — on zoom, register here

Volunteer Orientations are a great place to get started with 350PDX – hear what we’re all about, meet some cool people, and start finding your place in the climate justice movement here in Portland!

350PDX Summer Volunteer Party

Wed, Aug 31, 6-8pm — In the backyard at this address: 3547 NE 45th Ave, Portland, 97213 — register here

Join us for a night of food, drinks, music, and community fun – a chance to connect and spend time with each other. Feel free to bring food or drinks to share, or just bring yourself. Come alone or bring a friend or partner! Email chris@350pdx.org with any questions.

Portland Black Lives Matter Protests

Throughout the week @ across the city – details here

Worker Solidarity Actions

Throughout the week @ across the city – visit the Portland Jobs with Justice page for more info (PJWJ is a coalition of over 100 labor, faith, community and student organizations and individual activists taking action for workers rights and economic justice)

In love and gratitude,
Anissa, Brenna, Chris, Dineen, Emily, Indi, Julia – the 350PDX staff