The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) new Climate Equity Advisory Committee will be a key partner for the program’s community climate investments, which will be used to help Oregon transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy. The committee will play an important role in determining what types of emissions reduction projects are supported by community climate investments and where those projects would be located.
Community climate investments are prioritized for projects that benefit environmental justice communities: those communities overburdened by pollution, disproportionately impacted by climate change, and with less access to cleaner fuels. DEQ most wants to hear from people who are from or involved with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), tribal, rural, and other environmental justice communities in Oregon.
Committee members may include representatives from community-based organizations or associations, tribes or tribal associations, environmental justice advocates, environmental advocates, academic researchers, or those who work in climate or energy fields. DEQ will prioritize convening a committee that represents multiple regions across Oregon.
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