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Sustainability: Climate Change Series, Part Three: Climate Change Policy, Agencies and Plans

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

By City Sustainability Staff04 Beaverton Night Market_aerial


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated in 1992 to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. Linked to the UNFCCC are the Kyoto Protocol (1997) and the Paris Agreement (2015) both of which chart global efforts towards greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction, climate change adaption and finance and aim to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F) through the end of the century.


In the U.S. various federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conduct scientific research on climate change impacts and administer policies addressing GHG emissions.

Regional (Oregon and Beaverton):

The State of Oregon has the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute created by the Oregon state legislature to research climate change, serve as a clearinghouse for climate change information and provide climate change information to the public. The Oregon Global Warming Coalition recommends ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce GHG emissions. The City of Beaverton developed the Sustainable Beaverton Strategy (SBS) in 2014, a city operations, action plan with a GHG reduction target of 80% by 2050. City staff are currently working to update the SBS and to develop the city’s first climate action plan which will serve as a community plan for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Visit our sustainability page to read our next climate change series article and to learn more about what Beaverton is doing to address climate change: Sustainability.

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