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Carbon Pricing and Working Lands in Oregon
June 12, 2018
Cheatham Hall
World Forestry Center
Portland, OR

The goal of this one-day conference is to better understand how carbon pricing legislation might be optimally structured to reduce emissions while supporting and investing in resilient, prosperous communities. Leaders in science, conservation, forestry, agriculture, and environmental justice will create a framework of information, questions, and concerns pertaining to climate change mitigation policy.

Issue briefs for the topics discussed at this conference are now available for download.

8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00am: Welcome and Intoduction. Brian Kittler, Pinchot Institute

Carbon Policy in Oregon: A Climate for Change?

9:10am: Pricing Carbon in Oregon, the big picture. Ken Helm, Oregon State Representative.
  • Objectives, How it works, Allowances/offsets, Takeaways from the rural and equity workgroups.
9:25am: Next Steps for Oregon Policy. Colin McConnaha, Oregon Carbon Policy Office.

9:40am: The Science: Climate projections for Oregon and their potential impacts on agriculture and forestry. Phil Mote, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.

10:05am: Natural Climate Solutions: Identifying conservation strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Oregon. Ryan Haugo, The Nature Conservancy.

10:20am: Question and Answer. Ken Helm, Colin McConnaha, Phil Mote, Ryan Haugo.

10:35am: Break

Learning from Other Programs

10:50am: Research Findings: Rapid fire presentations on issues related to Cap and Invest. Pinchot Institute Research Associates: Jeremy Hunt, Camila Rodriguez, Gyan de Silva, Lydia Mendoza.
  • Energy prices and the agricultural sector
  • Equity and environmental justice
  • Forest and agricultural accounting protocols
  • Aggregation and additionality
11:25am: Lessons from California: What Oregon can learn from the development and implementation of cap and trade in California. Michelle Passero, The Nature Conservancy.

11:45am: Lunch.

Perspectives of Oregon Stakeholders

12:30pm: Panel Discussion: Perspectives on climate change, vulnerability, and preferred policy mechanisms to aid adaptation and mitigation. Panel members will summarize constituency concerns, opportunities, and desired outcomes from climate legislation, followed by questions and discussion. Moderator: Josh Fain, Pinchot Institute. Panelists:
  • Jenny Dressler, Oregon Farm Bureau
  • Maggie Tallmadge, Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Carina Miller, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • TBA
1:10pm: Carbon Offsets and Family Forest Owners: Jon Stewart, Raincloud Tree Farm.

Discussing Opportunities and Concerns
Concurrent Small Group Discussions

1:25pm: Facilitated Small Group Discussion #1: Interdisciplinary Groups to Discuss Broader Issues
  • Oregon's Rural Economy: What are the potential direct and indirect costs for agriculture and forestry and what are potential mitigation strategies?
  • Conservation: Maximizing co-benefits from carbon pricing policy
  • Environmental Justice: Ensuring an equitable approach for rural and urban communities
2:20pm: Brief report from each group

2:35pm: Break

2:45pm: Facilitated Small Group Discussion #2: Interest Area Groups to Discuss Opportunities and Concerns for Policy.
What are the most critical issues/questions that need to be addressed/debated? What can Oregon do differently to improve on California protocols? How to address aggregation and additionality?
  • Forest Accounting Protocols
  • Agricultural Accounting Protocols
  • Conservation Investment Vehicles
  • Equity

Next Steps
3:45pm: Reconvene and brief report from each group

4:00pm: Summary and Next Steps: Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow.

4:15pm: Happy Hour! Presented by Hopworks Urban Brewery

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