The City’s Transition Team and chief administrative officer have recommended a draft organizational structure for City employees, bureaus, and service areas to reflect the Charter reform mandates. We want to make sure the new structure prioritizes climate justice, so we are advocating for the City of Portland to create a Climate Officer position, as well as strong networks for collaboration between bureaus, agencies, and service areas working on climate, environmental justice, and sustainability goals.
PLEASE NOTE: Commissioners are discussing amendments; information that is known about the possible amendments is included in this talking points toolkit. Though amendments are not yet publicly available, Commissioner Mapps has signaled interest in working on a natural resources plan by next September, which we support. Commissioner Rubio has suggested she might make an amendment to move the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to the City Administrator’s office — instead, we would like to see an additional position created (Climate Officer), since the CSO already has a lot to do.