Instead of viewing climate change as an insurmountable challenge, Multnomah County staff look for opportunities to make positive impacts in support of the Climate Action Plan. Staff play a critical role in reducing the environmental impacts from County program operations and facilities. Together, by making positive changes within their own work spaces, offices, and departments, staff prove that taking action can create a profound difference.
Sustainable Success at Multnomah County
The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution that will prohibit the use of fossil fuels in new and remodeled Multnomah County buildings.
Multnomah County air is dirtiest in the state, and Children and people with health conditions are most at risk
Commissioner Susheela Jayapal announces the Multnomah County winner of the Sustainability Award, the Healthy Homes and Communities Team.
Started in 2018, the project meshes the expertise of the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, the City of Gresham and Friends of Trees, to bring a tree-planting program to Gresham
Multnomah County officials push for utility disconnection moratorium extension; also signal support for alternative customer outreach, differentiated utility rates and expanded advocacy opportunities.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Multnomah County’s Weatherization Program acted quickly to serve low-income homeowners and help small businesses who rely on their contracts with the program to
Research shows an hour of physical activity a day dramatically improves health and decreases chances of chronic disease.
Multnomah County is disappointed by the opinion the Oregon Supreme Court released yesterday in Chernaik v. Brown ruling against the petitioners.
How energy regulation in Oregon works, and how Multnomah County's Office of Sustainability engages with the Oregon Public Utilities Commission to advocate for a cleaner, more equitable energy system.
Multnomah County and the City of Portland have released a final report on the 2015 Climate Action Plan, which documents the Plan's implementation successes and challenges, and next steps.
Commissioner Lori Stegmann announces the Multnomah County winner of the Sustainability Award, the Mid-County Lighting District.
Multnomah County was awarded "Most Natural Gas Savings" out of 34 large public and private organizations participating in Energy Trust of Oregon's Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program.
More than 500 health professionals and leading health organizations proclaim climate change a public health emergency
Chair Deborah Kafoury on restated the County’s support for the young people suing the state over the climate crisis, saying the time has come to protect those qualities which make for a livable Oregon
In September, Multnomah County staff and community volunteers went door to door in the community to provide wildfire safety education to residents.
Commissioners call for review of legal option to hold companies accountable in event of a natural disaster
The forums focus on how prolonged ground shaking could destabilize the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub, a six-mile-stretch of tanks and infrastructure east of Highway 30 on the river’s edge.
Hilldale Library in southwest Portland was awarded silver-level Backyard Habitat certification by a joint program through the Portland Audubon Society and the Columbia Land Trust.
A new report shows mixed progress on reducing carbon emissions in Multnomah County.
Greenhouse gas emissions from Multnomah County operations are 64% below the 2007 baseline year according to the 2019 annual Resource Conservation Report.
On Friday, September 20 from 12-1pm in the Multnomah Building Board Room, 50+ staff attend a Climate Strike lunch and learn hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Green Team.
Safe Routes to School provides fun and safe opportunities for kids to walk and bike to school, and serves students in East County schools, including Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, and Wood Vilage.
Roy Iwai of the Department of Community Services’ Water Quality Program shares his love of streams, the wildlife that inhabit them, and the important work of his division.
County petitions to be a friend of the court in state case Chernaik v. Brown
Multnomah County is reducing its carbon footprint and utility costs, according to the 2018 Resource Conservation Report, and presentation by the Office of Sustainability on November 1.
Resolution asks Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health Division to conduct research, propose policy
Policy would require cleaner-burning construction equipment — the source of most local diesel pollution
Central Library in downtown Portland and Albina Library in Northeast Portland have each earned Sustainability at Work gold certification.
Gresham Tree Team is helping to make a healthier urban environment for residents of West Gresham
The Community Energy Justice Summit was organized by community-based organizations, the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
Commissioner Stegmann will continue bike rides this summer to raise awareness about the inequity in bike share infrastructure in East Portland and East Multnomah County.
Multnomah County is partnering with the ecological nonprofit to plant 250 trees over 3 years.
In 2017, Multnomah County removed a broken fish ladder on Beaver Creek and replaced it with a new culvert that will open miles of stream habitat for migrating salmon.
The service is intended to improve livability and affordability of housing for people living on a fixed or low income.
Multnomah County is reducing its carbon footprint and utility costs, according to the 2017 Resource Conservation Report presented to the Board of County Commissioners.
The Multnomah County Board voted unanimously on Thursday, June 1 to commit the county to reaching its goal of 100 percent renewable energy use community-wide by 2050.
This Saturday, April 22, 2017, Multnomah County will honor Earth Day by illuminating the Morrison Bridge in green and blue.
Multnomah County Central Library has achieved Gold certification through the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work recognition program.
Board of County Commissioners shown new architectural renderings, updated on innovative and sustainable energy-uses and overall progress on the multi-million dollar project.
The upgraded LEDs in Multnomah County’s residential areas produce energy savings up to 70%. That adds up to energy savings that could power over 100 homes each year.
How sustainability has played an integral role in the building and planning of the new Sellwood Bridge.
Free Geek will receive up to 1,500 computers a year from Multnomah County. They will then be refurbished and given out to communities, organizations, or individuals in need.
PropertyFit (CPACE) helps commercial, multifamily, and industrial property owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades that holistically address a building’s performance.
The mission of the Sustainable Jails Project is to provide excellent stewardship of public funds, conserve natural resources, and reduce recidivism through sustainable decision-making and practices.
Staff from the Compliance Section within Facilities and Property Management are committed to ensuring that drinking water in Multnomah County facilities is safe and clean.
For two weeks in October, Multnomah County employees participated in EcoChallenge to try one new thing that can make a difference for themselves, the community, and the planet.
Between July 2015 and June 2016, the County's Community Services Division provided weatherization services to 1,152 people in 564 households to reduce energy costs.
After a lot of hard work and creative thinking, there is now a system in place where a new employee doesn't have to print anything to enroll in their benefit programs.
The Rockwood Community Health Center cooking demonstrations are open to everyone in the community and promote healthy eating.
Instead of printing out the hundreds of medical record requests that the Health Department receives every day via fax, IT paved the way for an almost entirely digital workflow.
Multnomah County invited 60 goats to dine on blackberry bushes and vines below the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, avoiding the use of herbicides to remove the invasive plants.
The Board of Commissioners Thursday passed a resolution opposing a surge of trains carrying crude oil through Multnomah County and the Columbia Gorge.
Did you know that nearly thirty thousand dollars has been saved a year just by introducing energy efficiency programs in two of Multnomah County's office buildings?
Multnomah County is committed to responsible business practices by integrating sustainability considerations into the way it does business; including the goods and services it buys.
Multnomah County will no longer invest in fossil fuel companies as part of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What is an eco-roof or a green roof? Eco-roofs or green roofs are roofs that are covered with living plant material.