350PDX Key Accomplishments

350PDX, a Portland chapter of the national 350.org, coalesced in the spring of 2013. Since then our mostly volunteer organization has grown to a core group of 350 activists working in coordinated teams to build a regional movement for climate action, rally in opposition to fossil fuel exports in the Northwest, and build support for divestment at local and statewide levels.

Our major accomplishments include:

September 2017: 350PDX has over 350 regular volunteers and activists across our organization.

August 8th, 2017: Stopped two new fracked gas power plants from being built by Portland General Electric. Together, our coalition gathered 17,000 signatures opposing new fossil fuel power plants and is paving the way for a renewable energy future.

June 1st, 2017: Led the City of Portland and Multnomah County passing resolutions to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy in all sectors including transportation and industry by 2050. These joint policies are recognized as some of the strongest in the country and led to Portland General Electric, Portland’s largest utility, abandoning plans for two new fracked gas power plants and instead agreeing to partner with the City and County to transition to 100% renewable energy.

April 29, 2017: Organized using principles of solidarity to support OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and The Oregon Just Transition Alliance in a frontline communities led Portland People’s Climate March, including lead up workshops for our base on Environmental Justice. Over 2,000 joined the march to connect the dots between climate justice, militarism, immigration, food, and police.

In 2016: 350PDX mobilized over 190 core volunteers and over 1,150 community activists to attend 150 team meetings and events.  

December 14th, 2016: Worked with the Portland City Council to pass The Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Code ordinance. This ordinance is the nation’s strongest comprehensive ban on fossil fuel terminals ever passed by a city, and was done so by the help of over 600 comments sent in through 350PDX. After an appeal filed by the Portland Business Alliance, Western States Petroleum Association, and the Building Trades, the Land Use Board of Appeals overturned the Policy. On August 2nd, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to appeal the LUBA decision; the case will be heard fall 2017 by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

July 28th, 2016: Worked with Metro City Council to divest from all fossil fuels.

May 17th, 2016: The Portland Public School board passed a resolution proposed by 350PDX members that would mandate that any textbooks that don’t recognize the science behind climate change would add local grassroots  created curriculum. This was passed unanimously by the board.

May 12th – 15th, 2016: Participated in Break Free (From Fossil Fuels) actions in Anacortes Washington as part of a coordinated global ‘week’ of 30 actions across a dozen countries. The Pacific Northwest Action spanned 4 days from and included trainings, workshops, events, beautiful art, 3 marches, kayaks on the water and a railroad track blockade that lasted 2 days. All together an estimated 2500 people participated.

November of 2015 :Worked with the City Council to pass The Fossil Fuel Policy resolution. This resolution is the nation’s most progressive and comprehensive ban on all new fossil fuel infrastructure ever passed by a city, and was done so by the help of over 1000 comments sent in through 350PDX.

September 24th, 2015: Worked with the City of Portland to pass a resolution to disinvest from fossil fuels.

September 24th, 2015: Worked with Multnomah County to pass a resolution to divest from fossil fuels.

September 2015: Worked with  three faith-based organizations to divest from fossil fuel holdings.

July 2015: Thousands of participants joined the sHellNo actions to oppose and draw attention to Shell’s arctic drilling. The action delayed a Shell arctic icebreaker ship for 40 hours, garnered international media attention, and ultimately increased public understanding of and opposition to the impact of arctic drilling. Following the actions, Shell Oil pulled out of the Arctic and President Obama announced the end to leasing the Arctic for drilling for the next 2 years.

May 2015: Blocked a $500m fracked propane export terminal proposed by Pembina, a Canadian tar sands corporation. Together, the coalition won political support from Portland’s Mayor, Charlie Hales, an unprecedented reversal by an elected official on a project of this magnitude.

January to February 2015: Organized 10 trainings, including Climate Agent of Change, a 6-session leadership course. Altogether, our trainings and workshops have developed the leadership capacity of over 100 climate activists.

September 2014: Organized 15 major actions that increased our visibility. Led the organizing of the Portland People’s Climate March, Oregon’s largest climate action to date, with unprecedented collaboration: ~5000 people, endorsed by 130 diverse organizations.

2014: Co-organize a statewide coalition, 350 Oregon, with nine 350 locals and climate groups sharing a common mission.

April 2014: Launched the Oregon Climate Declaration campaign calling for Oregon to divest and put a price on carbon, garnering ~6000 signatures.

2014: Organized 22 events, totaling ~3,200 people, to increase public awareness and engagement, including: “Crude Awakenings Oil Train Music Tour”, raised funds for victims of typhoon Yolanda, youth-organized “Climb for the Climate”.

2014: Sponsored and/or promoted 26 events of groups with missions connected to our vision, including: Lummi Nation Totem Journey, Stop the TPP (opposition to global trade injustice), Don’t Shoot PDX (solidarity with Ferguson), 15 Now PDX (end poverty wages), Jobs with Justice.