Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is involved?

Climate Action Plan Task Force

A Task Force is guiding the development of the CAP. It consists of a diverse group of community and organizational stakeholders representing sectors such as education, business, frontline communities, insurance, emergency preparedness, public health, transportation, energy, environment, land use, and two city councilors. Public input will be sought throughout the process.

You

There are different ways to participate in Salem’s community-wide climate action planning process. This page serves as the hub where you can share ideas and stay informed throughout the process. As the project unfolds, we will ask for your input on each phase of the planning process. Make sure to register so that you can receive project updates via email.

Consultants

A consultant team led by Verdis Group is providing technical expertise.

Staff Advisors

City staff is providing the consultant team advice and sharing knowledge about the City and the Salem community.


What is the Climate Action Plan?

The Salem Climate Action Plan will be a strategic plan to reduce emissions and increase resilience to the effects of climate change. The plan will be co-created with the Salem community and will help guide municipal and local actions through the year 2050.


Why is the City doing this project?

City Council called for the preparation of a climate action plan as part of their 2019 Policy Agenda. The City Council’s decision follows a recommendation from the 2017 Strategic Plan.


How will the Climate Action Plan relate to the City of Salem's update of the Comprehensive Plan (known as Our Salem)?

The Salem Climate Action Planning Process will be closely coordinated with Our Salem, the City’s ongoing project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan. Climate action strategies are likely to achieve multiple and overlapping community goals with the Our Salem Plan. Below are some of the ways the two projects will intertwine.

  • Timing: The timelines for the Our Salem project and Climate Action Plan project have been aligned to ensure the two projects can inform each other.
  • Staff: The same staff are working on both projects to ensure continuity. For example, the project manager for the Our Salem project is serving on the Climate Action Plan task force.
  • Goals: The draft vision for the Our Salem project includes goals related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The goals will be updated to reflect City Council’s recent vote to set specific GHG reduction goals for the Climate Action Plan.
  • Policies: Staff leading the Climate Action Plan will provide examples of potential policies related to climate change that can be included in the Our Salem project. They will also help facilitate an Our Salem meeting on policies related to the environment in the spring.


What climate actions has the City completed so far?

In 2019, the City conducted a comprehensive Climate Actions Audit to identify completed actions, ongoing practices, and adopted plans that address climate change. Much of the City work has been added into routine maintenance and operating practices, constructed as capital improvement projects, integrated into City plans, or incorporated into the Salem Revised Code. Also in 2019, the City completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This report provides a clear picture of where emissions in Salem come from as well as establishes a baseline from which to measure future reductions. In 2020, the City joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, which is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Membership provides the City with numerous tools and resources to assist in setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and tracking progress.


Do I have to register to participate?

You will be able to participate in all surveys regardless of whether you register, but there will be other interactive activities for which registration is required. The only pieces of information required for registration are a username, an email address, and a password. We encourage Salem community members to register in order to participate in the full range of activities and to allow for more meaningful, personal engagement with peers. The registration process provides some level of accountability for posts on the site, which helps provide a virtual safe space for civil discourse. Additionally, voluntary demographic information requested during registration allows for a greater understanding of whether our process is inclusive and equitable. However, if you are interested in receiving information on the project without registering, you may enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box on any page to sign up for email updates.

How are you incorporating principles of environmental justice and procedural justice throughout this process? How are you ensuring that the decision-making process is accessible to lower-income communities and communities of color?

This is a great question and one that we are continuing to work to address throughout this process. As noted in the workshop livestream, we have developed a public engagement plan in which we outlined some of the ways that are working to make this process equitable and inclusive. We conducted a stakeholder mapping exercise to identify some of the key voices that we need to be sure to include, and we are leaning on community partnerships to help share out invitations to participate in all of the activities on this site, and other activities as they occur. And we are planning to evaluate and adjust our engagement approaches based on the demographics of those who are participating.

Who is involved?

Climate Action Plan Task Force

A Task Force is guiding the development of the CAP. It consists of a diverse group of community and organizational stakeholders representing sectors such as education, business, frontline communities, insurance, emergency preparedness, public health, transportation, energy, environment, land use, and two city councilors. Public input will be sought throughout the process.

You

There are different ways to participate in Salem’s community-wide climate action planning process. This page serves as the hub where you can share ideas and stay informed throughout the process. As the project unfolds, we will ask for your input on each phase of the planning process. Make sure to register so that you can receive project updates via email.

Consultants

A consultant team led by Verdis Group is providing technical expertise.

Staff Advisors

City staff is providing the consultant team advice and sharing knowledge about the City and the Salem community.


What is the Climate Action Plan?

The Salem Climate Action Plan will be a strategic plan to reduce emissions and increase resilience to the effects of climate change. The plan will be co-created with the Salem community and will help guide municipal and local actions through the year 2050.


Why is the City doing this project?

City Council called for the preparation of a climate action plan as part of their 2019 Policy Agenda. The City Council’s decision follows a recommendation from the 2017 Strategic Plan.


How will the Climate Action Plan relate to the City of Salem's update of the Comprehensive Plan (known as Our Salem)?

The Salem Climate Action Planning Process will be closely coordinated with Our Salem, the City’s ongoing project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan. Climate action strategies are likely to achieve multiple and overlapping community goals with the Our Salem Plan. Below are some of the ways the two projects will intertwine.

  • Timing: The timelines for the Our Salem project and Climate Action Plan project have been aligned to ensure the two projects can inform each other.
  • Staff: The same staff are working on both projects to ensure continuity. For example, the project manager for the Our Salem project is serving on the Climate Action Plan task force.
  • Goals: The draft vision for the Our Salem project includes goals related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The goals will be updated to reflect City Council’s recent vote to set specific GHG reduction goals for the Climate Action Plan.
  • Policies: Staff leading the Climate Action Plan will provide examples of potential policies related to climate change that can be included in the Our Salem project. They will also help facilitate an Our Salem meeting on policies related to the environment in the spring.


What climate actions has the City completed so far?

In 2019, the City conducted a comprehensive Climate Actions Audit to identify completed actions, ongoing practices, and adopted plans that address climate change. Much of the City work has been added into routine maintenance and operating practices, constructed as capital improvement projects, integrated into City plans, or incorporated into the Salem Revised Code. Also in 2019, the City completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This report provides a clear picture of where emissions in Salem come from as well as establishes a baseline from which to measure future reductions. In 2020, the City joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, which is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Membership provides the City with numerous tools and resources to assist in setting greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and tracking progress.


Do I have to register to participate?

You will be able to participate in all surveys regardless of whether you register, but there will be other interactive activities for which registration is required. The only pieces of information required for registration are a username, an email address, and a password. We encourage Salem community members to register in order to participate in the full range of activities and to allow for more meaningful, personal engagement with peers. The registration process provides some level of accountability for posts on the site, which helps provide a virtual safe space for civil discourse. Additionally, voluntary demographic information requested during registration allows for a greater understanding of whether our process is inclusive and equitable. However, if you are interested in receiving information on the project without registering, you may enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box on any page to sign up for email updates.

How are you incorporating principles of environmental justice and procedural justice throughout this process? How are you ensuring that the decision-making process is accessible to lower-income communities and communities of color?

This is a great question and one that we are continuing to work to address throughout this process. As noted in the workshop livestream, we have developed a public engagement plan in which we outlined some of the ways that are working to make this process equitable and inclusive. We conducted a stakeholder mapping exercise to identify some of the key voices that we need to be sure to include, and we are leaning on community partnerships to help share out invitations to participate in all of the activities on this site, and other activities as they occur. And we are planning to evaluate and adjust our engagement approaches based on the demographics of those who are participating.

Q&A

Have a question that wasn't answered above? Feel free to submit it here or to SalemCAP@cityofsalem.net.

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