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:

Apr 2020: For the national day of action on April 23 our Defund/Divest team held a Digital Chase Takeover, where thousands of people across the country left scathing reviews of Chase Bank on Yelp, Google Maps, and more, to highlight Chase’s role as the world’s biggest funder of fossil fuels.

Apr 2020: For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 we held our first mass digital rally (thanks to the pandemic) with thousands of people tuning in to hear youth speakers from frontline communities tell their stories, and lay down their demands to Mayor Ted Wheeler for a just, equitable, and livable city.

Nov 2019: 700 people rallied in Salem to ask Governor Kate Brown to stop the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline and export terminal. Over 80 people occupied the Governor’s office for the entire day, refusing to leave until the Governor came out against the project. She refused and 21 people were eventually arrested for occupying the office.

Oct 2019: After the huge pressure from the climate strike, along with continuing efforts of 350PDX volunteers and other organizations, the City of Portland denies a critical permit for the expansion of the NW Portland Zenith tar sands terminal!

Sept 2019: After the record breaking Sept 20 climate strike we facilitated a week of action, with 42 different actions, marches, rallies, trainings, educational events, and film screenings happening across Portland and Oregon.

Sept 2019: We put on the largest climate demonstration Portland has ever seen with almost 20,000 people hitting the streets, rallying outside City Hall to demand action from Mayor Wheeler, marching over the Hawthorne Bridge, and ending in a Climate Strike Festival of education, training, music, food, art, a kids area, and over 40 different organizations that people could get involved with. The youth of Portland led in developing the demands of the strike and in the idea generation and implementation of the amazing day.

May 2019: After months of pressure and 42,000 public comments from 350PDX volunteers and other organizations, DEQ denies a critical permit to Jordan Cove! The fight isn’t over as the company can appeal and continue work on other aspects of the project, but this is a significant blow to their project. Congratulations and thank you to everyone fighting against this monstrous fossil fuel project!

February 2019: 350PDX volunteers along with a coalition of other organizations collect over 42,000 comments to the Department of Environmental Quality to deny a crucial permit to Jordan Cove, the largest number of comments of this type in Oregon history!

November 2018: The Portland Clean Energy Fund passes at the ballot box, with over 65% support! 350PDX volunteers knocked on thousands of doors and made thousands of phonecalls to ensure this incredible victory.

Summer 2018: 350PDX volunteers collect over 8,000 signatures to get the Portland Clean Energy Fund on the ballot.

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.