The Commission may recommend statutory and administrative changes, policy measures, and other actions to be carried out by state and local governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residents. Additionally, the Commission tracks and evaluates: assessments of global warming impacts on Oregon and the Northwest; existing greenhouse gas reduction policies and the advancement of regional, national, and international policies; costs, risks and benefits of various strategies; progress toward reduction goals; technological advances; and other related tasks.
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions – both reductions and removals from the atmosphere – in order to meet Oregon’s greenhouse gas goals. It is recognized that these reductions may not occur immediately, but over time. Reductions should begin with the most cost-effective solutions, broadly defined to include near-term and long-term environmental, social, and economic considerations, as well as those that have the capacity to decrease in cost as their deployment becomes more widespread.
- Protect the health and well-being of Oregonians and the health and resiliency of Oregon’s ecosystems impacted by climate change. This priority includes developing and devising adaptation plans and strategies to prepare for the threats directly posed by global warming.
- Ensure that Oregon’s economy remains vibrant and healthy; that Oregon’s key economic sectors have the tools, information, and assistance they need to plan for and adapt to a changing climate; that they be better positioned economically to withstand the negative consequences of climate change; and that they participate in the benefits.
Read the Commission's Principles, adopted in November 2008.