Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Project
We are excited about the huge advancement Lane County made on climate resilience!
For the past two years, we worked with the Lane County Climate Equity & Resilience Task Force to bring local communities into the planning process of the Lane County Community Climate Resilience Plan. On Tuesday, Dec. 13th the Board of Commissioners officially voted “YES” to adopt the plan! We appreciate the work you all have done to share your priorities and concerns on local climate impacts!
As a result, you can expect to see more…
* Climate Resilience Hubs
* Programs that provide air filtration in homes near wildfire-prone areas
* Increased workforce development in forestry and agriculture
Our goal is to build a process for the community to stay involved in future phases of the plan to guide the County towards strong climate action.
Sign up for our e-news and action alerts to learn more about the Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Project and attend future climate education events!
Why is this important?
Two parallel processes and the community's experiences must be incorporated in to the governments’ final plan. Beyond Toxics’ Equitable & Resilient Climate Strategies for Lane County, Oregon is essential to Lane County’s larger draft Climate Action Plan because it is a community-led process. Lane County can lay out a framework for other cities in Lane County to use as guidance in their local climate action plans.
The Report developed from the Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force, an advisory committee composed of community representatives and stakeholders who live and work with diverse and under-represented communities in Lane County.
The Task Force worked for 18 months on both mitigation and resilience planning processes to ensure that the needs of all Lane County communities are represented and addressed in the Community Climate Resilience Plan.
Beyond Toxics and the policy division of Lane County government are partnering on the Lane County Community Climate Resilience Plan to ensure that community outreach and engagement for the plan includes a diverse representation of residents in Lane County.
During 2021 and 2022, Beyond Toxics and the Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force held a series of stakeholder meetings to develop climate resilient strategies that are equitable and address the needs of all Lane County communities. The strategies developed from these meetings and workshops were included in the Equitable & Resilient Climate Strategies for Lane County, Oregon report. This report will be used as a roadmap for future community-led efforts to build climate resilience with other organizations and the support of Lane County.
Lane County government published the Draft Lane County Climate Resilience- Phase 3 on July 15th.
The County opened a public comment period to solicit responses and suggestions from the broader community. If you would like to help shape Lane County climate policy, we encourage you to use our report to help you shape your comments to improve the County’s initial report. The Beyond Toxics report, Equitable & Resilient Climate Strategies for Lane County, Oregon, can serve as a guide and a source of talking points to help community members advocate for urgent action to implement equity and resilience in climate planning.
BEYOND TOXICS REPORT: Equitable & Resilient Climate Strategies for Lane County, Oregon (PDF)
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Lane County, Oregon - Final Report (PDF)
Sign up for our e-news and action alerts to learn more about the
Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Project and attend future climate education events!