Building a sustainable Oregon from within: a formative review of the State of Oregon’s Sustainability Initiative

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Title: Building a sustainable Oregon from within: a formative review of the State of Oregon’s Sustainability Initiative
Author: Farrell, Ben; Mintz, Melanie; Zimmerman, Adam; Doppelt, Bob; Baldwin, John
Abstract: This report summarizes the results of a formative review of the State of Oregon’s efforts to adopt sustainability measures. In May 2000 Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed Executive Order No. EO-00-07 (EO) directing Oregon state government to develop policies and programs that will assist Oregon in meeting a goal of sustainability within one generation – by 2025. In 2001 the Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill (HB) 3948, making the adoption of sustainability measures within state government part of state law. For the purposes of this report, the combination of the Governor's EO and HB 3948 is referred to as the State of Oregon's “Sustainability Initiative,” or simply the “Initiative.” This review was undertaken to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the process of institutionalizing sustainability into everyday state agency operations and to identify actions that could enhance the success of the Initiative over time. The review was also undertaken as a learning experience for University of Oregon graduate students Ben Farrell, Melanie Mintz, and Adam Zimmerman, who did the majority of the planning, research and writing. Bob Doppelt, Director of the Center for Watershed and Community Health, and Dr. John Baldwin, University of Oregon Associate Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management, supervised the project.
Description: 28 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2345
Date: 2002-10


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