Environmental Stewardship

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Goal Statement

Hillsboro is an environmentally sustainable community that takes proactive steps to protect natural assets, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and recover, recycle, and renew resources. Residents, businesses, and community institutions understand the link between economic prosperity and environmental health and work collaboratively to maintain a thriving city for future generations.

This focus area includes tracking of 20+ indicators of the health of our environment and use of natural resources. Annual reports will continue to track these indicators in order to inform action. Additionally, a committee comprised of key stakeholders will continue to lead the implementation of environmental stewardship actions.

LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • City of Hillsboro
  • Clean Water Services
  • Community Action
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Hillsboro School District
  • Metro
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • TriMet
  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Washington County
  • Westside Transportation Alliance

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

  • Coming soon

ENERGY AND MOBILITY ACTIONS

Initiative 1: Encourage and implement infrastructure enhancements to reduce energy use.

ACTIONS

A. Establish a home energy score policy and program
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Incentivize residential and commercial renewable energy options with an emphasis on solar installations (including those renting or leasing)
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

C. Incentivize reduced electricity use and light pollution for commercial development when not in use (e.g., at night) and update Community Development Code to support goals
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

D. Support low income residential energy efficiency retrofits
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Incentivize energy retrofits with building permit fee reductions
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

F. Strive to establish energy-independent buildings with renewable energy, beginning with public facilities
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

G. Identify and reduce barriers to solar power installations with a focus on equitable participation
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro, Energy Trust of Oregon
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

Initiative 2: Expand and enhance transit service to facilitate access for all.

ACTIONS

A. Increase transit service span and frequency, and support bus-only, queue-jump lanes and other designs to make bus transit more appealing to users
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Provide shelters, benches, trash receptacles, lighting, and mid-block crossings to enhance public transit use, and enhance safety and sense of inclusion for all users
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): TriMet
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

C. Create north-south transit options for increased connectivity with transit
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2025+

D. Deploy carbon-neutral buses in Hillsboro
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): TriMet
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

Initiative 3: Enhance alternative transportation infrastructure.

ACTIONS

A. Construct comprehensive bicycle infrastructure improvements including protection at high-risk intersections, physical buffers along bike lanes, and clearly marked routes citywide
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Prioritize pedestrian signals in higher density areas
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

C. Support and promote remote working policies citywide
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Westside Transportation Alliance
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

D. Expand availability and access to electric vehicle charging stations, especially at multi-family housing
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Improve bicycle/pedestrian connections between parks and trails
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

MATERIAL RECOVERY AND RENEWAL ACTIONS

Initiative 4: Improve material recovery and renewal infrastructure and processes.

ACTIONS

A. Install water bottle-filling stations in public places, including the Hillsboro Stadium and Ron Tonkin Field
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Develop food waste prevention and composting options for multi-family buildings (explore onsite composting or collection depending on best option for each facility and review building codes for enclosures/ waste rooms)
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Washington County
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

C. Increase drop off options for plastics recycling
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Washington County
TIMELINE: 2025+

D. Improve comingled recycling sorting technology
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Metro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Improve local access to household hazardous waste recycling/disposal
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Metro
TIMELINE: 2025+

Initiative 5: Expand material recovery and renewal education and action.

ACTIONS

A. Encourage zero waste events and eliminate single-use disposable giveaways
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Support community re-use and recycling events
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Washington County
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

C. Expand recycling education related to items that can/ cannot be recycled and alternative products and practices it
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Washington County
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

D. Support extended Producer Responsibility policies (e.g., legislation to require producer responsibility; ways to improve solid waste recovery, including support to understand impact of single-use plastics and ways to replace them)
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Leverage statewide efforts to identify opportunities to reduce plastic wastes in Hillsboro
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

F. Support development or enhancement of a local materials re-use organization
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Metro
TIMELINE: 2025+

G. Expand the Library of Things to include commonly needed tools such as wheelbarrows, pruning shears, gutter tools, saws, etc.
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2025+

NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION ACTIONS

Initiative 6: Expand natural resource conservation practices and infrastructure.

ACTIONS

A. Assess City structure and capacity regarding natural resources relative to best practices
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Develop a comprehensive Natural Resources Management Plan
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2025+

C. Establish an urban forestry program
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

D. Assess opportunities to increase water re-use, including codes and other barriers to re-use
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Clean Water Services
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Replace grass and lawns in parks and commercial and corporate areas with higher-value habitat, including native pollinator-supporting vegetation where possible
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

F. Implement best practices for offering residential and commercial water conservation incentives
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

G. Incentivize rain gardens and educate the community about their value and how to build them
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

H. Expand programs to remove invasive plant species
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

I. Support the expansion of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program into Hillsboro
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

Initiative 7: Promote and facilitate productive and healthy food systems.

ACTIONS

A. Promote the use of earth-friendly, non-toxic/Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to manage weeds and garden pests
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Explore the potential for a sustainable agriculture program at Hillsboro School District or Portland Community College and incorporate sustainability education in high school STEAM programming
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): Hillsboro School District
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

Initiative 8: Improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

ACTIONS

A. Support expanded Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) air quality monitoring of particulates and ozone in Hillsboro and promote awareness regarding no-idling policy
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

B. Identify opportunities to support green building practices, beginning with public facilities
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2025+

C. Allocate a portion of public rights-of-way for native trees, where appropriate and feasible
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2025+

D. Require cleaner on-site construction diesel equipment and fuel
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

E. Increase housing density and green space around housing
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025

F. Incentivize green roofs
LEAD COMMUNITY PARTNER(S): City of Hillsboro
TIMELINE: 2020-2025