Here in Oregon we are proud of our State’s reputation for being a leader, in both thought and action, in the green and sustainable business practices arena. As part of The State of Oregon’s commitment to greater sustainability, the Oregon Sustainability Board was created in 2001, charged with:
Employ[ing] the knowledge, expertise and creativity of Oregons citizens, build[ing] upon existing private and public efforts throughout the state to ensure efficient and complementary results, develop[ing] voluntary, incentive-based and performance oriented systems to supplement traditional regulatory approaches, [using] good science to measure resource use, environ-mental health and costs to determine progress in achieving desired outcomes, and establish[ing] clear measurable goals and targets to guide state efforts toward sustainability
Since being appointed in January of 2009, Secretary of State Brown has chaired the Sustainability Board. In addition to facilitating the meetings, she also sets the strategic direction for the Board, including how the Board’s activities and projects can build on the focus.
On November 20th the Sustainability Board met once again to discuss the progress of ongoing projects and to further develop a strategic vision for the future. During this meeting, the Board determined a major focus will be spotlighting how sustainability can heal the urban/rural divide. Over the next biennium, the Board plans to complete new projects and looks forward to a robust and innovative future.
In addition, the Board will continue to champion its role as facilitator of work on sustainability-related issues within state government and in the broader Oregon community. It will continue to serve as the primary bridge for innovation, environmental stewardship and social equity.
We will continue to post Sustainability Board news and information about upcoming projects on this blog, but until then, to learn more about the Sustainability Board and State Government efforts to promote sustainability in the State of Oregon, check out: