Our Process

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

The City of Salem contracted with Verdis Group to lead the community through the climate action planning process. Through this process, stakeholders from across the community are working 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. Please click on the image below each pillar to view an overview of the results, including input from the Task Force, other stakeholders, and the public.

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

Download visioning results by clicking here or on the image above.

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

Download vulnerability assessment highlights: English | Spanish

  • 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 has included many opportunities for various stakeholders and the public to share ideas and feedback. A Task Force representing a diverse cross-section of the Salem community has participated in several online planning workshops and has two more of these workshops over the summer. An advisory group of City staff has also been providing valuable input, as have subject matter experts from across the community. Please see an overview of the planning process here.

A consumption/consumer-based greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was performed that analyzed 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.

The City of Salem contracted with Verdis Group to lead the community through the climate action planning process. Through this process, stakeholders from across the community are working 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. Please click on the image below each pillar to view an overview of the results, including input from the Task Force, other stakeholders, and the public.

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

Download visioning results by clicking here or on the image above.

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

Download vulnerability assessment highlights: English | Spanish

  • 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 has included many opportunities for various stakeholders and the public to share ideas and feedback. A Task Force representing a diverse cross-section of the Salem community has participated in several online planning workshops and has two more of these workshops over the summer. An advisory group of City staff has also been providing valuable input, as have subject matter experts from across the community. Please see an overview of the planning process here.

A consumption/consumer-based greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was performed that analyzed 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.

Page last updated: 02 June 2021, 12:30