The 2015-2016 Sustainability Report describes progress on the City’s organizational sustainability goals, work on the Corvallis Climate Action Plan, and the results of an organizational greenhouse gas inventory, among other topics. 

Key points in the report are highlighted below; the full document is available here.

Progress on Organizational Sustainability Goals

    • Metric Tons of CO2e Emitted from Energy Used in City Operations – Not only did we achieve our target for 2015 of reducing emission 5% below 2004 levels, we further reduced our greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 to achieve our 2020 target of a 15% reduction four years ahead of projections.  This was achieved through on-going upgrades to nearly every City-owned electricity- and natural gas-using device (LED street lighting, lighting upgrades in many facilities, efficiency improvements in water and wastewater treatment, etc.).  In addition, the installation of solar panels and the purchase of Blue Sky electricity has increased our renewable electricity usage to over 10% of the total electricity used.  This goal will be updated during 2017 to reflect the targets in the Corvallis Climate Action Plan.
    • Water Used in City Operations – We reached our target for 2015 of a 15% reduction below 2007 usage.  A significant decline in 2016 has the organization very near our 2020 goal of 30% below 2007 usage. 
    • Vehicle Carbon Footprint – The switch to renewable diesel has drastically reduced our greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fuel.  The results were significant – in 2016 we exceeded our 2020 target of 15% below 2004 emissions.  This target will be updated during 2017 to reflect the targets in the Corvallis Climate Action Plan.
    • Employer of Choice
      • Spring Fitness Challenge - A big effort to increase participation in 2015 pushed the City to over 45% employee participation; even with less outreach, we surpassed the 25% participation goal in 2016.
      • Injury and Illness Incidence Rate – Comparators for this objective lag a year behind.  In 2015, and for the second year in a row, Corvallis’ rate was better than local governments in Oregon.
      • Separation Rate – The goal is to be 2-3% below the rate for State and local governments.  The City has achieved that since tracking began in 2010, averaging 6.4% below the rate for the past seven years. 
    • Waste Reduction – Since 2013, waste to landfill has increased by over 11%.  Data on where our trash is coming from is difficult to pinpoint, but one factor includes an increase in illegal campsite clean-up. 

Corvallis Climate Action Plan
City staff, a project manager, and technical consultants worked with the Mayor-appointed Climate Action Task Force to develop the Corvallis Climate Action Plan (CAP) with significant input and feedback from stakeholders across the community.  The CAP, adopted in December 2016, focusses on identifying actions that will effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by both the community and municipal operations.  Additionally, actions are included that help the community adapt to the effects from anticipated changes in our local climate.

Organizational Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The organizational greenhouse gas inventory, which calculates emissions from municipal operations, was updated with data from calendar year 2013.  Previous organizational inventories were conducted for years 2004 and 2008.  Overall, emissions measured in the City organizational greenhouse gas inventory have increased each time they have been measured.  Most of this increase is due to changes in how the inventory is conducted, either from a change in methodology or a previous lack of data.  The 2013 inventory includes the most complete data – the 2004 inventory lacked emissions associated with the supply chain, employee commutes, wastewater, and solid waste; and the 2008 inventory lacked full data on the supply chain and wastewater emissions.  With that in mind, emissions for each year are as follows:

Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (MT CO2e) from Municipal Operations

2004

2008

2013

17,016

20,198

21,289

 

Staff continue to work towards resource efficiency, toxics and waste reduction, and employee well-being, and are committed to increasing the sustainability of the services we provide.



Previous Years' Reports

2013-14 Annual Report 

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report 

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report 

2004 Annual Report

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