Chapter 9: Implementation Recommendations

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A clear and effective governance structure must first be established before successful implementation of strategies in this climate action plan can occur. City of Salem employees, business leaders, community group members, and individual residents all have a role in implementing strategies from this plan, adapting to changing conditions, and working together to build community-wide resilience to climate change and meet Salem’s GHG reduction goals. Because recommended strategies in this plan involve multiple responsible parties, span a variety of timelines, and will require coordination of resources, it is necessary that a point person is designated/hired to guide the implementation process. Guiding the implementation of this climate action plan also includes the responsibility of building and maintaining strong partnerships with entities including but not limited to the State of Oregon, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG), Cherriots, neighborhood associations, local non-profit organizations, and businesses.

The implementation point person, in partnership with City of Salem employees and stakeholders, should support and coordinate efforts across departments, businesses, agencies, community-based organizations, and timelines. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, it is also recommended that an implementation work group is established and charged with facilitating implementation efforts in conjunction with, and supported by, the City of Salem point person. The implementation work group should meet regularly to share progress updates, resources, assist each other with barriers, and celebrate successes.

The Benefit-Cost Analysis Report (see Appendix 6) provides valuable information that can help inform implementation of the ten strategies studied. This information can be used to inform policy decisions that may come before the Salem City Council, or highlight avenues for further exploration.

In addition to local partners and the recommended strategies in this plan that are specific to Salem, the State of Oregon is moving quickly to take more action on climate change and it will be vital for the City of Salem to keep up with new rule-making, regulations, goals, and targets. The City’s point person should be responsible for staying up to date with changes at the state-level, understanding how to access resources from the state, and leading implementation efforts at the local level.

All processes and outcomes related to the implementation of this plan should center equity. Multiple strategies in the Community action area should be implemented during the establishment of a governance structure described in this section of the plan, to ensure equitable access, participation, and results. Intentionally and thoughtfully engaging historically excluded communities during initial implementation and throughout future planning and implementation efforts related to climate action is one such strategy to prioritize. Salem’s community vision of being a cohesive and caring city, where engaged community members of diverse backgrounds work together to achieve climate goals can be realized through the identification and use of guiding equity principles and evaluation criteria that measure progress towards a more equitable Salem.

As Salem progresses with its GHG emissions reductions and as recommendations from the State of Oregon evolve, the City must maintain clear and consistent communication with residents. Regular tracking and reporting of GHG emissions, as described in the previous Tracking Progress section, should be shared with residents in accessible communication and media outlets. Ongoing tracking and reporting allows the City and partner organizations the ability to make necessary adjustments to strategies in this plan and implement new strategies that were not possible today. As with all implementation efforts, communication about progress should be inclusive and accessible.

Summary of implementation recommendations

1. Hire an FTE coordinator to lead implementation of this Climate Action Plan. Provide funding for the person and the program. Responsibilities should include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

  • Guide the implementation process and manage the status of implementation initiatives.
  • Identify new information from the State of Oregon that affects Salem’s climate action efforts, e.g., new rule-making, regulations, goals, and targets.
  • Identify and access new sources of funding, including local, state, and federal grant opportunities.
  • Track and report progress toward implementing the recommended strategies and achieving the City’s GHG reduction goals.
  • Coordinate working group (see below).

2. Establish an implementation working group. A charge for the working group may include the following responsibilities:

  • Provide regular status updates on strategy implementation progress.
  • Collaboration amongst members to share resources and remove barriers to better implement strategies.

3. Prioritize equity at the onset of implementation efforts. While building the governance structure described in the first two steps, the following recommendations should be followed:

  • Charge the working group described above or otherwise hold them accountable (i.e., through the establishment of a specialized equity task force) for ensuring equitable access, participation, and results with implementation efforts.
  • Prioritize inclusion of historically excluded communities during implementation and future planning efforts.

4. Communicate with Salem residents.

  • Provide clear and consistent updates to community members.
  • Ensure that updates to community members are accessible (e.g, culturally appropriate and responsive, available in multiple languages, and shared in channels that residents commonly utilize).
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and community groups to distribute information related to Salem’s climate action plan.

5. Track and report emissions at regular intervals.

  • Update Salem's GHG inventory every two years or as often as possible.
  • Use an online dashboard tool to communicate progress toward the emissions reduction goal.

6. Update the Climate Action Plan every five years.

  • Regular assessment of the progress Salem has made toward its goals will be necessary. As the implementation process proceeds, new information will influence direction in ways that should be formally reviewed and incorporated. New GHG forecasts should be made according to new information that is obtained, which will portray a clear pathway for Salem's future progress.

A clear and effective governance structure must first be established before successful implementation of strategies in this climate action plan can occur. City of Salem employees, business leaders, community group members, and individual residents all have a role in implementing strategies from this plan, adapting to changing conditions, and working together to build community-wide resilience to climate change and meet Salem’s GHG reduction goals. Because recommended strategies in this plan involve multiple responsible parties, span a variety of timelines, and will require coordination of resources, it is necessary that a point person is designated/hired to guide the implementation process. Guiding the implementation of this climate action plan also includes the responsibility of building and maintaining strong partnerships with entities including but not limited to the State of Oregon, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG), Cherriots, neighborhood associations, local non-profit organizations, and businesses.

The implementation point person, in partnership with City of Salem employees and stakeholders, should support and coordinate efforts across departments, businesses, agencies, community-based organizations, and timelines. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, it is also recommended that an implementation work group is established and charged with facilitating implementation efforts in conjunction with, and supported by, the City of Salem point person. The implementation work group should meet regularly to share progress updates, resources, assist each other with barriers, and celebrate successes.

The Benefit-Cost Analysis Report (see Appendix 6) provides valuable information that can help inform implementation of the ten strategies studied. This information can be used to inform policy decisions that may come before the Salem City Council, or highlight avenues for further exploration.

In addition to local partners and the recommended strategies in this plan that are specific to Salem, the State of Oregon is moving quickly to take more action on climate change and it will be vital for the City of Salem to keep up with new rule-making, regulations, goals, and targets. The City’s point person should be responsible for staying up to date with changes at the state-level, understanding how to access resources from the state, and leading implementation efforts at the local level.

All processes and outcomes related to the implementation of this plan should center equity. Multiple strategies in the Community action area should be implemented during the establishment of a governance structure described in this section of the plan, to ensure equitable access, participation, and results. Intentionally and thoughtfully engaging historically excluded communities during initial implementation and throughout future planning and implementation efforts related to climate action is one such strategy to prioritize. Salem’s community vision of being a cohesive and caring city, where engaged community members of diverse backgrounds work together to achieve climate goals can be realized through the identification and use of guiding equity principles and evaluation criteria that measure progress towards a more equitable Salem.

As Salem progresses with its GHG emissions reductions and as recommendations from the State of Oregon evolve, the City must maintain clear and consistent communication with residents. Regular tracking and reporting of GHG emissions, as described in the previous Tracking Progress section, should be shared with residents in accessible communication and media outlets. Ongoing tracking and reporting allows the City and partner organizations the ability to make necessary adjustments to strategies in this plan and implement new strategies that were not possible today. As with all implementation efforts, communication about progress should be inclusive and accessible.

Summary of implementation recommendations

1. Hire an FTE coordinator to lead implementation of this Climate Action Plan. Provide funding for the person and the program. Responsibilities should include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

  • Guide the implementation process and manage the status of implementation initiatives.
  • Identify new information from the State of Oregon that affects Salem’s climate action efforts, e.g., new rule-making, regulations, goals, and targets.
  • Identify and access new sources of funding, including local, state, and federal grant opportunities.
  • Track and report progress toward implementing the recommended strategies and achieving the City’s GHG reduction goals.
  • Coordinate working group (see below).

2. Establish an implementation working group. A charge for the working group may include the following responsibilities:

  • Provide regular status updates on strategy implementation progress.
  • Collaboration amongst members to share resources and remove barriers to better implement strategies.

3. Prioritize equity at the onset of implementation efforts. While building the governance structure described in the first two steps, the following recommendations should be followed:

  • Charge the working group described above or otherwise hold them accountable (i.e., through the establishment of a specialized equity task force) for ensuring equitable access, participation, and results with implementation efforts.
  • Prioritize inclusion of historically excluded communities during implementation and future planning efforts.

4. Communicate with Salem residents.

  • Provide clear and consistent updates to community members.
  • Ensure that updates to community members are accessible (e.g, culturally appropriate and responsive, available in multiple languages, and shared in channels that residents commonly utilize).
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and community groups to distribute information related to Salem’s climate action plan.

5. Track and report emissions at regular intervals.

  • Update Salem's GHG inventory every two years or as often as possible.
  • Use an online dashboard tool to communicate progress toward the emissions reduction goal.

6. Update the Climate Action Plan every five years.

  • Regular assessment of the progress Salem has made toward its goals will be necessary. As the implementation process proceeds, new information will influence direction in ways that should be formally reviewed and incorporated. New GHG forecasts should be made according to new information that is obtained, which will portray a clear pathway for Salem's future progress.
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