Taking Action on climate
You can make a difference in your community. Read on to learn more about actions you can take to help Corvallis reduce its carbon emissions and help to further the work of the
Climate Action Advisory Board.
Community members and groups can submit initiative proposals to the Corvallis Climate Action Advisory Board (CAAB). Initiatives should help to further the goals in the Corvallis Climate Action Plan. See below for projects that have been accepted.
You can also make a difference with individual actions. Changes in lifestyle that are good for the climate can also be good for your health and your wallet. Check back soon for resources to help you transition your daily life to be more carbon neutral.
Climate Action Plan
Several years ago a community group set an idea into action and started the work on a Climate Action Plan. This led to the formation of the Corvallis Climate Action Task Force, and eventually to the adoption of a plan by the City Council in 2016. You can read the plan here.
Mission: To enhance the quality of life for our world community by empowering people to produce their own clean, renewable energy at their homes and workplaces.
Description: Every hour more energy from sunlight strikes the earth’s surface than is consumed worldwide in a year. At Abundant Solar, our job is to put the power to harvest solar energy in the hands of homeowners and businesses. Your solar electric system will provide a clean and stable, low maintenance source of energy for many years into the future, while offsetting your use of traditional greenhouse gas-emitting energy sources, such as coal and natural gas. With a properly sized solar electric system, your home or office can be a net zero power plant, producing enough clean energy on a yearly basis to meet all your electricity needs.
Citizens Climate Lobby/Corvallis Chapter
Description: Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power. Our chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world. We are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.
Corvallis-Benton County Office of Economic Development
Mission: To help businesses innovate, grow, and thrive in the Mid-Willamette Valley
Description: The Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office serves a diverse business
population, ranging from high tech, to food and beverage, to advanced engineering. Their current
projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions include the Food & Beverage Cluster
Strategy, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and the South Corvallis Urban Renewal District.
Corvallis Bicycle Collective
Mission: To enhance health, safety, sustainability, and happiness through bicycling.
Description: The Corvallis Bicycle Collective (CBC) promotes access to bicycles and neighborhood
livability through a variety of services and events, including the Ask-A-Wrench booth at the Corvallis
Farmers’ Market, an Annual Bike Swap, Open Streets Corvallis, Corvallis Spring Roll, and
participation in other sustainability, health, and cycling events year-round. The CBC encourages
community members to learn how to maintain or repair a bicycle at their community do-it-yourself
bike shop, located at 707 NW 11th Street in Corvallis. Tool use and guidance are free. A wide
selection of affordable used bicycles and new and used parts and accessories are also available for
Corvallis Environmental Center
Description: The Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) is a 501c3 nonprofit that was founded in 1994 as a grassroots effort to take action on a number of environmental issues. For over 20 years the CEC has been one of the keystones of our local community. Through programs focused on environmental literacy, food and farming education, local food security, energy efficiency and climate action, the CEC has established itself as a regional leader in the environmental movement.
Corvallis Interfaith Climate Justice Committee
Mission: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote adaptation and justice for those
affected by climate change.
Description: The Corvallis Interfaith Climate Justice Committee (Corvallis ICJC) is an interfaith
association of groups in Corvallis, Oregon, concerned with the protection and healing of the world
from adverse climate-related effects due to human activities. The Corvallis ICJC offers local carbon
offsets. Residents, businesses, and organizations may choose to neutralize their carbon greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions by buying offsets that result in the prevention or capture of carbon GHG
emissions. Proceeds are distributed to selected local organizations that are involved in clean energy
production, vegetation planting, and restoration of carbon capturing lands.
Corvallis Right of Way
Mission: Vulnerable road users (VRUs) can follow all laws and best practices, yet still encounter daily
hazards. CROW strives to eliminate those hazards through education about safety and the rights of
all VRU forms of transportation. By fostering safer conditions, CROW serves all VRUs and
encourages new ones.
Description: Corvallis Right of Way publicizes and educates about current traffic rules, since people
need to know those rules in order to avoid or help prevent accidents. Everyone has different
“common sense” ideas regarding traffic, and myths get repeated. CROW provides support for
people who want to know the rules and follow them. The CROW website summarizes Oregon laws
in common language and provides links to the original text. Their 2016 study outlines causes of
crashes with cyclists and pedestrians, and includes a literature review.
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
Mission: To promote an ecologically, socially, and economically healthy city and county.
Description: The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is a network of more than 350 organizations and hundreds of individual volunteers working together to create a sustainable community. It includes businesses, nonprofits, faith communities, educational institutions, and government entities—all committed to creating a community that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality. The Sustainability Coalition provides grassroots leadership, inspiration, resources, opportunities for collaboration, and innovative solutions to help Corvallis and Benton County become more sustainable.
Energy Trust of Oregon
Mission: Energy Trust is committed to providing comprehensive, sustainable energy efficiency and
renewable energy solutions to those we serve. As an independent, customer-focused nonprofit,
staying true to this mission has earned us valuable credibility with customers, stakeholders and the
Description: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization based in Portland,
Oregon, that helps utility customers in Oregon benefit from efficient energy use and generating
renewable energy. Energy Trust offers services, cash incentives and other energy solutions to
customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, and Cascade Natural Gas in
Oregon and customers of NW Natural in Washington.
Greenbelt Land Trust
Mission: To protect in perpetuity native habitats, working lands, and lands of natural beauty, which provide a connection to the natural world for residents of the mid-Willamette Valley.
Description: Greenbelt Land Trust is a local land conservation 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant lands in the mid-Willamette Valley. We work strategicallyto secure significant natural areas in accordance with a careful plan. And we strive for connectivity, linking protected natural areas with parks and public spaces to provide wildlife corridors, protect valuable natural resources, and expand opportunities for low-impact recreation and renewal. Protected—and connected—these natural areas make our communities more desirable as places to live and work, and help preserve Oregon’s distinctive landscape and character.
League of Women Voters of Corvallis
Mission: The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan political organization, encourages
informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public
policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Description: The LWV of Corvallis researches and studies issues; discusses findings to reach
consensus in an open, constructive, and stimulating setting; observes and monitors public meetings;
takes action, for or against issues which the membership has studied and reached consensus;
lobbies and testifies on current issues; and promotes active and informed participation through
voter registration and voter education. The League has been a leader in addressing climate change
at the national, state, and local levels.
Oregon Clean Power Cooperative
Description: In 2014, the Oregon legislature passed landmark legislation enabling renewable energy
co-ops. The result is the Oregon Clean Power Coop.
Seeds for the Sol
Description: Seeds for the Sol is a non-profit, grassroots organization taking action now to remove the financial barriers to residential solar. Our neighbor-to-neighbor funding model mimics the natural cycles of planting, harvesting, and renewal, helping more people put solar on their roofs. We’re made up of concerned citizens who want to repurpose the benefits they’ve reaped from a fossil fuel economy, passing them on to the next generation in the form of renewable energy.
Mission: To train and support youth and their families to engage in civic participation with local
government, advocating for lasting legal protection for the atmosphere in the form of emission
reduction targets and climate recovery planning in line with the best available science.
Description: The YouCAN movement was initiated by Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based
nonprofit organization, whose purpose is to protect earth’s natural systems for current and future
generations. Through YouCAN Corvallis, youth participate directly in local government decision-
making by petitioning for adoption of locally-tailored climate recovery laws, testifying at public
meetings, and advocating with local government leaders.