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City Council set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% from 2016 levels by 2035 and becoming a net zero city by 2050. How will we accomplish this? The community is also vulnerable to the effects and impacts of climate change, such as increased high temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns etc. How can Salem prepare for these changes and increase our climate resilience? Greenhouse gas emissions are produced in Salem every day from activities such as driving a vehicle, heating a home, or cooking with natural gas. We also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions indirectly when we purchase goods or food manufactured in other places and transported to Salem.

Inventories provide a baseline of our greenhouse gas emissions and offer important details about the sources of Salem's emssions. Understanding our baseline and consumption habits can help us develop strategies to meet our goals to reduce our carbon footprint. The City first completed a sector-based greenhouse gas inventory in 2019. As part of our ongoing Climate Action Plan effort, Salem recently completed a consumption-based greenhouse gas inventory. Data for both methods were gathered for the 2016 calendar year from federal, state, and local sources, including utilities.

In the Strategy Development stage, all stakeholders are asked to contribute their ideas for how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase climate resilience, and address Salem’s climate risks. All strategies should promote equity and lead to outcomes that allow all residents of Salem to thrive. Here is a list of the strategy ideas that have been submitted thus far.

Strategy ideas should cover a range of categories like energy, transportation, land use, natural climate solutions, local foods, housing, economic development, community engagement, natural resources, waste management and public health.

Use the tool below to submit your ideas for specific, practical, actionable strategy ideas that will help reduce emissions and increase climate resilience.

If you’re someone who likes to dig in further, you might enjoy reading through the resources linked here for ideas that you think would work well in Salem:

City Council set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% from 2016 levels by 2035 and becoming a net zero city by 2050. How will we accomplish this? The community is also vulnerable to the effects and impacts of climate change, such as increased high temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns etc. How can Salem prepare for these changes and increase our climate resilience? Greenhouse gas emissions are produced in Salem every day from activities such as driving a vehicle, heating a home, or cooking with natural gas. We also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions indirectly when we purchase goods or food manufactured in other places and transported to Salem.

Inventories provide a baseline of our greenhouse gas emissions and offer important details about the sources of Salem's emssions. Understanding our baseline and consumption habits can help us develop strategies to meet our goals to reduce our carbon footprint. The City first completed a sector-based greenhouse gas inventory in 2019. As part of our ongoing Climate Action Plan effort, Salem recently completed a consumption-based greenhouse gas inventory. Data for both methods were gathered for the 2016 calendar year from federal, state, and local sources, including utilities.

In the Strategy Development stage, all stakeholders are asked to contribute their ideas for how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase climate resilience, and address Salem’s climate risks. All strategies should promote equity and lead to outcomes that allow all residents of Salem to thrive. Here is a list of the strategy ideas that have been submitted thus far.

Strategy ideas should cover a range of categories like energy, transportation, land use, natural climate solutions, local foods, housing, economic development, community engagement, natural resources, waste management and public health.

Use the tool below to submit your ideas for specific, practical, actionable strategy ideas that will help reduce emissions and increase climate resilience.

If you’re someone who likes to dig in further, you might enjoy reading through the resources linked here for ideas that you think would work well in Salem: