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Gresham Steps Up: Unveiling the City's Historic Climate Action Plan to Forge a Greener Future - 04/30/24

GRESHAM, Ore. – On April 16, The Gresham City Council unanimously voted to adopt the City’s first Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan is a five-year plan that aims to reduce Gresham’s greenhouse gas emissions, protect our environment and create a more resilient community to the impacts of a changing climate.  

“After years of development and collaboration with our community, we are pleased to present this plan to Gresham,” said Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall. “The Climate Action Plan will serve as our guide as we all work together to ensure Gresham remains a healthy, vibrant and safe place to call home.” 

The Climate Action Plan has been in development for the past three years. During this time, staff have intentionally engaged with the Gresham community through workshops, surveys, and events to hear the input and feedback needed to shape the plan. This ultimately has led to the creation of a more holistic plan that not only encompasses City priorities, but community values as well.  

With the plan’s formal adoption, the first strategies to be implemented will be: 

  • Increasing the community's access to energy efficiency and weatherization resources that provide energy cost savings, reduce emissions, and improve indoor health and safety. 
  • Increasing the community's access to emergency response and preparedness information and resources that improve the community's ability shelter-in-place during extreme weather. 
  • Supporting the maintenance and improvement of tree canopy in neighborhoods that are vulnerable to urban heat islands. 

The City’s Department of Environmental Services is working to secure grant funding to distribute these resources at no cost to the community and to put together educational workshops on these topics. 

Gresham has been on a journey toward climate action for years, beginning with Gresham’s signing of the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement in 2007. Gresham, along with 1,000 other cities in the United States pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and make climate action a priority.  

City Council adopted Gresham’s first Sustainability Policy in 2009, followed by the City’s Internal Operations and Facilities Sustainability Plan in 2011, which provided the first strategies for reducing emissions in City operations.  

Recognizing the impacts climate change has on not only a community’s health and safety, but the economy as well, the City of Gresham has been a trailblazer in climate action initiatives, paving the way for the adoption of this historic city-wide Climate Action Plan.  

To read the plan and learn more, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/Government/Climate-Action 

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets innovation and opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots as a homestead and agricultural community and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. In Gresham, we are family. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham. 

 

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Gresham Celebrates the Sixth Annual Gresham Lilac Run - 04/26/24

GRESHAM, Ore. – On April 27 at 8 a.m., the City of Gresham is excited to host the sixth annual Gresham Lilac Run taking place at Main City Park, 219 South Main Avenue, Gresham. The Lilac Run, presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, consists of a five-kilometer, ten-kilometer, and half marathon course, taking participants through the Springwater Corridor, the Saddle Butte, and the Butler Creek Trail. The race also includes the Little Lilac Run for younger athletes. 

“The Lilac Run, which sells out every year, has quickly become one of Gresham’s most beloved events,” said Gresham Interim City Manager Eric Schmidt. “From the cleanup events that led up to the race to the festivities on the day of, it's a wonderful way to come together as a community and celebrate the beauty of Gresham.” 

Because of the event sponsorships, one hundred percent of the race proceeds will go directly to a local non-profit and the 2024 Lilac Run Beneficiary is Shooting Star Adventures. Their mission is to empower the community through outdoor recreational opportunities that cultivate teamwork, instill self-confidence and promote a strong connection to nature. Proceeds from the race will directly support their co-ed day camps in Gresham. 

It is important to remember that the Lilac Run is entirely sponsorship funded and without the generous support of many event sponsors, this event would not be possible. A special thank you to: 

  • Presenting sponsor: Unitus Community Credit Union.
  • Gold sponsor: Owens Corning Gresham.
  • Bronze sponsors: Migration Brewing, Marathon Printing, Inc., Cascade Physical Therapy, State Farm Insurance, and Country Coffee Hitched Up. 
  • Aid station sponsors: Eastwind Running and Endurance Club, Metro East Web Academy. 
  • Partner sponsors: Rock Haven Climbing Gym, Country Coffee Gresham, and Natural Grocers. 

Registration for the 2025 Gresham Lilac Run will begin in the fall. Please visit GreshamOregon.gov/Lilac-Run for registration updates, beneficiary applications and sponsorship opportunities.  

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham. 

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Gresham to present Congressman Blumenauer with Lifetime Achievement Award - 04/22/24

GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall will present Congressman Earl Blumenauer with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gresham State of the City event on Tuesday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division St., Gresham.

Gresham’s Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates exceptional commitment to public service and significant contributions to community betterment. The award honors dedication, innovation and leadership. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, with over 50 years of continuous service across various levels of government, is the epitome of such dedication. His visionary policies and tireless advocacy have played a pivotal role in enhancing the lives of countless Oregonians and Americans.

“Over his decades of service, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has consistently exemplified a rare blend of vision, effectiveness, and integrity,” said Gresham Mayor Stovall. “His forward-thinking policies have not only shaped Portland, and beyond but have left a lasting impact on communities nationwide. From pioneering curbside recycling to advocating for sustainable transportation, Earl's contributions are not merely legislative milestones; they are the building blocks of a better, more sustainable future. His dedication reminds us all what it means to serve with purpose and passion.”

Preceding the award ceremony, Mayor Stovall will provide a brief “State of the City” recap of Gresham’s success in the areas of economic development, public safety, parks and recreation, and youth violence prevention, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead.

This ticketed event is co-hosted with the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. It is sold out; however, members of the news media are welcome to attend.