Clackamas County Cancels ICLEI Contract

As reported by Roxanne Ross

An announcement of momentous import was made at the April 26th 2012 Board of County Commissioners meeting of Clackamas County, Oregon.  Commissioner Jamie Damon revealed that Clackamas County would not be renewing their membership in “ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA” at the next annual dues deadline.  Commissioner Jamie Damon stated, “This was brought up several business meetings ago, and I was unfamiliar with the organization, so I did some research and looked up the organization as well.  And we have decided to not continue as members of ICLEI.  So I just wanted to let you know that.” The remaining crowd in the room erupted in applause.  It was nearly at the end of the meeting around one hour fifty nine minutes (video on their web).

Through ICLEI membership, local governments receive tools for carbon counting assessments and programs (regulations/controls) that can be implemented locally to lower carbon emissions.   Dues are paid annually and programs can be purchased from ICLEI.  The May 2009 consent agenda for the City of Portland shows a $25,000 program purchase from ICLEI.  Goals are set, carbon assessments are made, action plans to reach the goals are formed, action plans are implemented, carbon assessments are done again, and new goals and action plans are formed.  Local governments pour lots of personnel time as well as the actual payments to ICLEI.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability used to be known as International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.  It is the global organization and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA is the American corporation making the contracts with local governments.

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