Energy

Energy

Overview

In the US, nearly half the energy we consume and three-fourths of the electricity we generate is used to heat, cool, light and operate our buildings. Most of this energy is created by burning fossil fuels.

Goals

Our goal is to reduce energy consumption in buildings, transition to renewable energy, and eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions.

Partners

Green Hammer

    Team Members

    • Duke Castle
    • Mary Ratcliff

    Contact

    Other Areas of Interest

      Projects

      Energy Efficiency

      One of the first things to do is to weatherize your home with sufficient installation and air sealing to make it as energy efficient as possible. Energy Trust of Oregon has excellent information on how to do that including financial incentives and rebates.

      If you are building a home then consider building a Net Zero Energy home that combines solar with energy efficiency features. Or a Passive House design, an approach developed in Europe to make homes ultra-low energy efficient. Fortunately, our partner, Green Hammer, specializes in all of these design approaches.

      When shopping for new appliances, look for an Energy Star symbol. This certification means a product has met energy efficiency standards for the United States. High value energy efficient appliances such as the refrigerator, dish washer, clothes washer, dryer, and spare freezer go a long way towards making your energy usage smarter.

      Renewable Energy

      Solar and wind are two of the best renewable energy options. There are three good ways to support that:

      • Install solar panels on your home or business (Click here to see if solar is a good fit for you and your home or business.);
      • If you lack solar access, check out our Community Solar project page to learn how this concept might work for you;
      • Sign up for PGE’s Renewable Power

      Eliminate Fossil Fuel

      A key strategy to eliminate fossil fuel usage in your home is to Electrify Everything including how you heat, cool and cook. This means replacing appliances that use natural gas with energy efficient heat pumps to heat and cool your home, an energy efficient heat pump water heater and an induction stove top for cooking.

      Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

      Overview

      One of the three pillars of sustainability is social equity along with the environment and economic vitality. LOSN’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion incorporates a strong social equity component into our organization and for our community.

      Goals

      Create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Incorporate and embed diversity equity and inclusion internally in the LOSN organization.

       

      Partners

      Projects

      1. Collaborative Candidate forums with Respond to Racism
      2. Work internally with the LOSN board to embed DEI thinking into LOSN through internal assessments of activities and action teams.
      3. Internal education through quarterly reading group for LOSN and DEI action teams on topics relevant to DEI and sustainability

      Areas of Interest

      • Educate the community through partnership programs with the LO library.
      • Develop relationships with other social equity groups and groups that represent non-dominate races (such as: LO For Love, Interfaith connections, Hunger Fighters, Hispanic Community, Asian community
      • Promote dialogue between diverse constituents on thorny issues (such as race, low-income housing)

      Contact

      Dorothy Atwood    datwood99@comcast.net

      Leaders

      • Linda Ganzini
      • Esther Schwartz
      • Lisa Adatto
      • Dorothy Atwood

      Natural Resources

      Natural Resources

      Overview

      Our natural resources are integral to a sustainable society.  We all depend on clean air and water and healthy ecosystems to support life.  Our community needs to understand the impacts of human actions on the environment and be responsible for taking action to protect and improve the natural systems that sustain us.

      Healthy Natural Resources are an essential part of addressing climate change

      Oftentimes when we think about climate change, we think of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Yet human contribution to the rise in carbon emissions in the atmosphere is not only due to our burning of fossil fuels, but also in the impoverishment of nature’s ability to absorb carbon in soil, in trees, and other high-carbon ecosystems. The degradation of our lands, including the earth’s fertile agricultural soils, is in itself another massive disaster facing humans. Yet, by looking to nature, we can take actions that can change this trajectory. Natural climate solutions – conservation, restoration, and land management activities – can help revive nature’s ability to sequester and store carbon. Healthy soils are an intrinsic component of addressing climate change and cooling the earth.

       

      Goals

      1.  Support Natural Resources Goals and action items included in the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for Lake Oswego by partnering with the city and the Oswego Lake Watershed Council (OLWC).
      2. Protect and Enhance the Lake Oswego Urban Forest
      3. Support the adoption of a Natural Resource Management Plan for City of Lake Oswego Natural Areas.
      4. Reducing toxins in landscaping practices (pesticides and herbicides)

      Projects

      1. Tree Summit community gathering  – held annually with OLWC
      2. Soil Your Undies – community science project with OLWC
      3. Community Forums relating to Natural Resources with OLWC

        Calendar of Events

        • Tree Summit
        • Soil Your Undies – Earth Day distribution of 100% cotton underwear to be buried in gardens
        • Reveal Your Undies – Event to display results from the Soil Your Undies program

        Leaders

        • Stephanie Wagner
        • Kathleen Wiens
        • Mary Ratcliff

        Contact

        Stephanie Wagner swagner@losn.org

        Partners

        Transportation

        Transportation

        Overview

        In 2019, Transportation accounted for 36% of CO2 emissions in Oregon.Reducing the use of fossil fuels as an energy source and reducing overall vehicle miles traveled (VMT’s) are both critical tactics in addressing the climate crisis.  Our vision of a sustainable transportation system  extends beyond electrification of vehicles to a broad range of issues that involve how we organize our space and move about in our city.

         

        Goals

        1. Promote replacement of carbon-fueled with electric-powered vehicles as soon as possible. This includes cars, trucks, buses (especially school buses).
        2. Promote walking, biking, public transit as alternatives to driving.
        3. Promote telecommuting, telemedicine, etc. when possible, as a way to reduce vehicle usage.
        4. Heighten citizen awareness of the interaction between transportation and land use policies.

        Contact

        Team Members

        • Bob Sack
        • Duke Castle
        • Mike Perham
        • Lisa Adatto

        Related Areas

          Projects

          1. Promote Electric Vehicles (EV)
          2. Promoting EV charging availability for residents of multifamily dwellings. We participate on a city commission that is studying this issue.
          3. Promoting electrification of school buses

          Areas of Interest

          Partners

            Climate Change

            Climate Change

            Overview

            LOSNs’ climate action group promotes policy changes and projects in Lake Oswego that lower our collective carbon footprint. We work to educate the community and to change attitudes, lifestyles and infrastructure. With the climate crisis bringing dire changes to our weather and safety, we must begin decreasing greenhouse gas emissions immediately and maintain a rapid pace of reduction of these emissions for the coming decades.

            An opportunity to get involved!

            We are starting a new program — “Electrify LO“. We are focusing on electrification because it is the key strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. We will provide information and make it easier to switch off fossil fuels and use clean energy through electrification. We help with information about electric vehicles, heat pumps for space and water heating, electric appliances such as induction stoves, electric landscaping equipment and rooftop solar with storage. See our Electrify LO project page for more detailed information.

            Other strategies for reducing our carbon footprint include improving home energy efficiency, eating a climate-informed diet, and reducing food waste. We support a variety of local, regional, and state legislation, policy and incentives to promote clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resiliency, and assure climate justice.

            A significant achievement for the city was the adoption of the Lake Oswego city climate plan. This multi-year plan, now led by the City staff, incorporates many activities to reduce our carbon footprint. Our efforts align with this plan.

            Climate Action Now!

            Learn More: How farmers could lead the green energy revolution

            Watch an OPB video on Oregon research into expanding Solar in the state

             Contact

            Linda Ganzini  lganzini@losn.org

            Get Involved

            Please contact us if you wish to help with our efforts.

             

            Team Members

            • Lisa Adatto
            • Duke Castle
            • Linda Ganzini
            • Mary Ratcliff

            Related Areas

            • Natural Resources which focus on enhancing our ability to convert carbon that is in the atmosphere back into healthy trees, plants, and soil.
            • Schools who promote understanding of climate change by educators and students in Lake Oswego schoools.
            • Transportation whose mandate includes electrification of vehicles as well as a broad range of issues that involve how we organize our space and move about our city.