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Portland City Council Votes to Cease Investments in Corporate Bonds

Portland’s foray into Socially Responsible Investing ended on April 5th with the City Council deciding it was too much time and trouble, at least that’s the impression this observer came away with. When the City Treasurer’s proposed Investment Policy came before Portland City Council we were there, many of us wearing orange, with our orange […]

A Short History of Fossil Fuel Divestment and the City of Portland (and how it became a Socially Responsible Investment issue)

July 19, 2012 Rolling Stone publishes Bill McKibben’s Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, making the case for keeping 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground to try to keep the global rise in temperature below 2°C. November 8, 2012, Bill McKibben speaks in Portland on the second day of his national Do the Math […]

Let’s Talk Climate Hosts Lively Climate Action Town Hall

On March 16, 2017, Let’s Talk Climate hosted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in a Climate Action Town Hall. Let’s Talk Climate is co-sponsored by 350PDX and the Oregon Environmental Council. Three topics were up for discussion: the city’s energy policy, sustainable transportation, and just transitions. With the TaborSpace sanctuary nearly filled to capacity, an energetic […]

Rhianna Lakin: With a Dream and a Drone the Sky’s the Limit

“To be honest, I was kind of scared,” Rhianna Lakin admits over lunch at a little Mexican restaurant near her work “I went far away and took my drone up high…” Rhianna’s telling me about the time she came across illegal gold mining in a small village on the island of Lombok in Indonesia and […]

State Legislation Update

The Capping Carbon Campaign is well underway. Our initial goal set back in the summer of 2016 was to ensure that all Portland area legislators are climate champions. We organized meetings between constituents and their Representatives and Senators and have met with most of our legislators. These meetings have been very positive. All the legislators […]

What the PUC?

350PDX’s very own Mia Reback cut straight through the technical jargon to cap off various environmental and citizen groups’ testimony concerning PGE’s disastrous energy plan at the most recent PUC meeting in Salem. “Where in this process are you adequately accounting for the full costs and risks of fossil fuels?” she asked, and she was […]