Electric Vehicles Portland Will Continue as Sustainability Leader and Hub for the Electric Car Industry

Published on April 29th, 2009 | by Sam Adams

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Portland Will Continue as Sustainability Leader and Hub for the Electric Car Industry

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“…few opportunities blend economy and sustainability like the electric vehicle does.” 

Editor’s Note: This is Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ first post for Gas 2.0. It’s a direct response to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who posted for us earlier today and said the race to electric vehicle infrastructure “symbolizes what is best about our region and our country.” Mayor Adams will be holding a press conference today at 1:30 PST about this issue. UPDATE: Added video of the event above.

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Portland is a great place to live, and it’s a great place to innovate. It could be Oregon’s natural beauty that inspired our long-established commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation, the Beta version of what we now call sustainability.

Couple that innate sense of stewardship with a culture of design, planning, discourse and collaboration and you get Portland — a City ranked by SustainLane (based in San Francisco, no less!) as America’s most sustainable city two years in a row! Well, we know what this means—two things:

1) Other cities, including our big city neighbor to the north (rhymes with Shmeattle) and our big city neighbor to the South (home of Sustainlane) are gunning for that top honor, so Portland has to stay in the lead; and,

2) With the kudos come responsibilities, and opportunities to leverage status into real economic gain.

I firmly believe that sustainability is a key to economic prosperity. In fact, I’ve made sustainability the centerpiece of my city’s economic development strategy. And few opportunities blend economy and sustainability like the electric vehicle does.

Portland just launched our joint City/County Climate Action Plan which aims to reduce our emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This will take bold steps, and one step is replacing our fossil-fueled vehicles with zero emission vehicles. Portland already boasts a number of EV startups, and we’re gunning for more. This industry will bring jobs, technology, innovation and recognition.

Which is why today, I am joining with colleagues from across the region and private industry in unveiling our newest charging station in downtown Portland. And, we’re unrolling an electric vehicle strategy to make sure that Portland is working side by side with our neighboring cities, counties and private partners to bring an integrated solution to EV developers, owners and enthusiasts. And my colleagues and I on City Council just passed a resolution this morning supporting all efforts to grow Portland’s EV industry and position our city, our region, as the nation’s hub for yet one more industry of sustainability.

I respect San Francisco’s commitment to being the EV leader. And I’m sure that EV’s make a lot of sense in the noise and congestion of bumper-to-bumper bay area traffic. But when you’re driving through the forests of Oregon on your way to a parking spot in downtown Portland, sometimes all you want to hear is the sound of silence.

Sincerely,

Sam Adams Mayor, City of Portland

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Sam Adams (born 1963) currently serves as the mayor of Portland, Oregon.



  • Mark

    If you’re passionate about slowing climate change, I just watched some videos that are definitely worth checking out. There was a contest at Tomorrows World’s site and the students who won have their work on show:

    http://www.tomorrowsworldcompetition.com/

    These kids wrote scripts or sent in videos on water efficiency and climate change flooding. Hopefully in the process they’ll make a lot people think about their own water efficiency and carbon footprints.

    Never hurts to put your ideas out there, so let’s encourage them to keep at it. Give them a view and spread the word!

  • Mark

    If you’re passionate about slowing climate change, I just watched some videos that are definitely worth checking out. There was a contest at Tomorrows World’s site and the students who won have their work on show:

    http://www.tomorrowsworldcompetition.com/

    These kids wrote scripts or sent in videos on water efficiency and climate change flooding. Hopefully in the process they’ll make a lot people think about their own water efficiency and carbon footprints.

    Never hurts to put your ideas out there, so let’s encourage them to keep at it. Give them a view and spread the word!

  • Teklo

    I think this is a no brainer. There’s no point in having a car in San Francisco, doesn’t matter if its electric or not!

  • Teklo

    I think this is a no brainer. There’s no point in having a car in San Francisco, doesn’t matter if its electric or not!

  • Mattia

    Kind of a petty response. Gavin was much more eloquent and respectful in his. Reminds me of how lucky we are to have him as mayor.

  • Mattia

    Kind of a petty response. Gavin was much more eloquent and respectful in his. Reminds me of how lucky we are to have him as mayor.

  • fawkhard

    Sorry bout Silicon Valley is going to be the better option for the EV industry. We have tesla motors and Fisker starting up here. also, all the computer hardware and software knowledge and resources for electric cars are right around the corner.

  • fawkhard

    Sorry bout Silicon Valley is going to be the better option for the EV industry. We have tesla motors and Fisker starting up here. also, all the computer hardware and software knowledge and resources for electric cars are right around the corner.

  • will

    god oregon, get over it.

  • will

    god oregon, get over it.

  • Michael

    tell me will, get over what? i’m genuinely confused about what it is we are supposed to get over? that we generally do not accept that taking care of our planet is a waste of time, since we’re expecting god to come save us any day now, anyways? despite that i don’t subscribe to that nonsense, wouldn’t you want the house to look nice when dad gets home? LoL

  • Michael

    tell me will, get over what? i’m genuinely confused about what it is we are supposed to get over? that we generally do not accept that taking care of our planet is a waste of time, since we’re expecting god to come save us any day now, anyways? despite that i don’t subscribe to that nonsense, wouldn’t you want the house to look nice when dad gets home? LoL

  • eze

    I’m from San Jose, and I agree with fawkhard.

  • eze

    I’m from San Jose, and I agree with fawkhard.

  • http://thegreenestcpa.com thegreenestcpa

    Damn, I want to move to Portland! These are the things that will never happen in LA, because people are just too damn lazy here. So frustrating! And, we need electric vehicles probably more than any city in the country.

  • http://thegreenestcpa.com thegreenestcpa

    Damn, I want to move to Portland! These are the things that will never happen in LA, because people are just too damn lazy here. So frustrating! And, we need electric vehicles probably more than any city in the country.

  • http://www.president101.com elephants and asses

    Yes, you missed something. Specifically 10 seconds of the video starting at 209 where they state that the charging stations use only green power.

  • http://www.president101.com elephants and asses

    Yes, you missed something. Specifically 10 seconds of the video starting at 209 where they state that the charging stations use only green power.

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  • http://www.pearlselfstorage.com/beaverton_oregon_vehicle_storage.html Beaverton Vehicle Storage

    Are people already using electric cars in Portland? I would like t drive one too and see how it feels like.

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