Our Process

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The City of Salem has contracted with Verdis Group to lead the community through the climate action planning process. They will be guiding stakeholders toward a greater understanding of how Salem’s climate is expected to change, how those changes create risks in the community, how we can develop strategies to reduce emissions and increase resilience, and what commitments we can make to implement the plan.

The process is structured around four planning pillars:

  • Visioning. What kind of Salem would you like to see in 2050?

  • Vulnerability Assessment. What are the most important climate risks that will affect Salem?

  • Strategy Development. What are the strategies that will best reduce emissions and increase climate resilience?

  • Implementation Planning. What commitments need to be made to implement the recommendations of the Climate Action Plan?

The process will involve broad stakeholder engagement including many opportunities for the public to share ideas and feedback. A Task Force representing a diverse cross-section of the Salem community has been appointed and will participate in four online planning workshops. An advisory group of City staff will also provide input. Please see an overview of the planning process here.

A consumption/consumer-based greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory will be performed that will analyze the emissions associated with the products and services that Salem residents purchase and consume. Additional outcomes of the planning process include GHG emissions reduction targets, analyses of both the cost/benefit and the emissions reduction potential of select strategies, and a dashboard that can be used to track progress on goals.

The CAP will include recommendations for actions that can be taken by local government, business, organizations, and individual community members to achieve its goals. The planning process is expected to take 16 months, with the final plan anticipated to be presented to City Council for its adoption in December 2021.


Introductory Task Force Meeting: Livestream 11/5


The City of Salem has contracted with Verdis Group to lead the community through the climate action planning process. They will be guiding stakeholders toward a greater understanding of how Salem’s climate is expected to change, how those changes create risks in the community, how we can develop strategies to reduce emissions and increase resilience, and what commitments we can make to implement the plan.

The process is structured around four planning pillars:

  • Visioning. What kind of Salem would you like to see in 2050?

  • Vulnerability Assessment. What are the most important climate risks that will affect Salem?

  • Strategy Development. What are the strategies that will best reduce emissions and increase climate resilience?

  • Implementation Planning. What commitments need to be made to implement the recommendations of the Climate Action Plan?

The process will involve broad stakeholder engagement including many opportunities for the public to share ideas and feedback. A Task Force representing a diverse cross-section of the Salem community has been appointed and will participate in four online planning workshops. An advisory group of City staff will also provide input. Please see an overview of the planning process here.

A consumption/consumer-based greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory will be performed that will analyze the emissions associated with the products and services that Salem residents purchase and consume. Additional outcomes of the planning process include GHG emissions reduction targets, analyses of both the cost/benefit and the emissions reduction potential of select strategies, and a dashboard that can be used to track progress on goals.

The CAP will include recommendations for actions that can be taken by local government, business, organizations, and individual community members to achieve its goals. The planning process is expected to take 16 months, with the final plan anticipated to be presented to City Council for its adoption in December 2021.


Introductory Task Force Meeting: Livestream 11/5