Despite the federal decision to remove the US from the Paris Climate agreement, we are happy to report that the City of Corvallis and OSU have both made bold commitments to continue working towards climate recovery.
On June 12, the City of Corvallis website was updated to announce that Mayor Biff Traber has signed onto the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. The mayor is quoted as stating: “I explored the Corvallis Climate Action Plan and found that our own goals either aligned, or in some cases exceeded proportionately, our share of the U.S. commitment made in the Paris Climate Agreement… It made perfect sense for Corvallis to sign onto this important national initiative.”
The full City statement can be found here.
On June 6, OSU president Edward Ray sent an email to all students and employees, reaffirming the University’s commitment to climate recovery. He mentioned the school’s role as a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which OSU signed in 2007, and ended his letter with the following statement:
“Let me assure you that we are unwavering in our commitment to address climate change, one of the world’s most pressing issues. We will continue to be a strong partner and collaborate with other universities, cities, states, and key federal entities. With our collective and continued resolve in these efforts, I am confident that Oregon State will continue to be a leader in climate change research and sustainability to provide a healthy planet for all of us.”
The Gazette-Times covered both of these actions in a recent article, which you can read here.