Highlights from our June B Learning Lunch

Anais Tuepker of 350PDX

Thursday, June 25, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to the B Learning lunch at HUB, and special thanks to our speaker, Anais Tuepker, from 350PDX. In her talk she informed us about her organization and how B Corps can be involved in their cause, focusing on their involvement in the Portland Clean Energy Fund.

The mission of 350PDX is: Building a diverse grassroots movement to address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act.

Goals:

  • Advance the climate justice movement in alliance with frontline communities.
  • Progressively replace the extractive economy with a regenerative one that is healthy and just for all.
  • Reduce emissions and atmospheric greenhouse gasses to support a thriving planet.
  • Build a community that is resilient to the effects of climate change, or climate disruption as they call it.
  • Nurture an organization that is inclusive, transparent, and compassionate.

The speaker explained that the work of 350 PDX is specifically structured around three principles

  1. Saying no: strictly opposing the fossil fuel industry. Their main project in this area right now is to put a stop to the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
  2. Community building and resilience: This area of their work is organized around campaigns and neighborhoods and strives to engage communities in climate actions.
  3. Saying yes: transitioning to clean energy in  a way that promotes social and environmental justice.     

Portland Clean Energy Fund

The PCEF is a proposed city ballot measure that would raise money to support clean energy and infrastructure to help the city achieve it’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035. The measure would create a 1% business license surcharge on large corporations that generate over $1 billion in national revenue. This surcharge would raise $30 million dollars annually to fund clean energy development as well as work and training to implement clean energy initiatives. Local organizations involved: NAACP Portland Branch, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Verde, Coalition of Communities of Color, 350PDX, and Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club In order to qualify for the November 2018 ballot the PCEF needs 35,000 valid signatures by July 6th. Businesses can check out the Portland Clean Energy Fund website, where companies and individuals alike to sign up directly for updates and finding out how to endorse, donate, or volunteer.

Anais also mentioned the current opportunity to submit comments about the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal, and Pacific Connector Pipeline projects. Currently both the OR Department of Environmental Quality and the US Army Corps of Engineers are accepting public comments about the project. While there are numerous ways to submit comments, here's one site (with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters) that makes submitting a comment easy: https://www.olcv.org/submit-comments-to-oppose-the-jordan-cove-pipeline/

If you have further questions or comments, or want to talk about how to get involved with 350PDX, Anais is happy to have you reach out to her directly at anais@350pdx.org.

Thank You, Canvas Host!

We also want to offer a big thanks to Canvas Host for sponsoring our lunches and supporting collaboration and learning to increase our social and environmental impact.

Photos from the May B Learning Lunch