Improving Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Efforts
The City of Beaverton is using federal stimulus funds to improve energy efficiency in buildings and for weatherization loans for Beaverton homes. The City has already replaced all traffic signals with LED technology and is now starting to replace street lights with LED technology to further reduce energy consumption.
Beaverton has also signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
and has completed a green house gas inventory on City facilities to prioritize our reduction of emissions.
|Greenhouse Gas Inventory of City Operations
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body that regularly convenes climate scientists, has identified human activity as the primary cause of the climate change that has occurred over the past few decades and quickened in recent years. Consensus statements from the IPCC suggest that human-caused emissions must be reduced significantly – perhaps by more than 50% globally in order to avoid the worst potential climate impacts on human economies.
Many corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profits and individuals have proactively sought to take on this challenge. By measuring emissions from the City of Beaverton’s operations, this inventory is a step toward taking action, managing risk and leading the way forward to a more sustainable city.
|Beaverton Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The community greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was conducted to establish the baseline carbon footprint of the entire Beaverton community in order to discover the highest-leverage areas for change and plan long-term GHG reductions.
This analysis provides a consumption-based inventory. In other words, these are the emissions associated with consumption by Beaverton households and consumers. The principles of this analysis focus on systems of which the City of Beaverton is a steward, utilize existing capacity and data systems, and inform high-level prioritization of potential actions to reduce GHG emissions. The goal has been to provide the fullest and truest view of the community’s GHG emissions.