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The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (Fund) was created by a local ballot measure (Measure 26-201) that is anticipated to bring $54 to 71 million in new revenue for green jobs and healthy homes for all Portlanders. The initiative ensures that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.
In the face of climate change and federal inaction, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund offers a community-led vision, grounded in justice and equity, that builds citywide resilience and opportunity. The measure passed with 65 percent of voters in support, making it Oregon's first-ever environmental initiative created and led by communities of color.
The community coalition that created and led the ballot measure is working together with the City of Portland to implement a successful and standard-setting grant program that faithfully reflects the will of Portland voters. Program design and development is expected to take 18-months, with a goal of launching the Fund and beginning grant awards in July 2020.
Public comment period on the draft guiding principles is open from March 3 - 22, 2020.
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