Ashland Climate Action Project

In June and July 2020, the SOCAN Ashland Climate Action Project conducted an online survey of Ashland residents entitled, “Lessons Learned from Recent COVID Restrictions: Imagining the Future of Ashland.”  An Executive Summary of the report is provided below, or you can go straight to the Ashland Action Final Survey Report

2020 Ashland Climate Voter Project

In the run-up to the November 2020 elections, the Ashland Climate Action Project built on the survey report and local volunteer energy to launch the 2020 Ashland Climate Voter Project. The project featured a series of Zoom Candidate Events in September to discuss local climate issues and action with the mayoral and city council candidates.  Visit the Ashland Climate Voter Project page, including links to the recordings of the Candidate Events on YouTube.   For more information contact lorrie@socan.eco

Survey Report Executive Summary

In June and July 2020, the Ashland Climate Action Project of Southern Oregon Climate Now (SOCAN), conducted an online survey of Ashland residents entitled, “Lessons Learned from Recent COVID Restrictions: Imagining the Future of Ashland.” 225 individuals completed  the survey, nearly all of whom live in Ashland as well as some who work here. The survey sheds light on a constituency that is highly concerned about climate change and already taking individual action. Despite the disruption, confusion, and isolation of recent social restrictions, nearly all respondents describe positive aspects to their experience and an opportunity to see Ashland’s beauty and vulnerabilities in a new light. The vast majority stated that they are extremely (61%) or very (29%) concerned about climate change. 88% stated that it is important for individuals to take steps to adapt to climate change. 82% of respondents stated it is important for residents to reduce their climate impacts and nearly 86% have already taken steps to do so. Nearly 88% believe we can reduce our climate impacts and have a healthy local economy, and are calling for leadership to create a more diversified, sustainable, affordable, and resilient economy.  84 of the 225 respondents indicated that they want to work on climate action issues in Ashland; the issues that most interest them include supporting local growers and promoting renewable energy. The results suggest that there is a significant pool of Ashland residents that care deeply about climate issues and are willing and ready to work on these issues. The results also suggest that more education is needed about Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) and how to achieve local greenhouse gas reduction goals. We conclude the report with additional recommendations for city operations, policymakers, residents and businesses along with resources for more information.  

About The Ashland Climate Action Project

Our Vision: Full and timely implementation of Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP).  We believe that leadership and informed action on the part of the city, its residents, and businesses will reduce Ashland’s climate impact while also enhancing and strengthening our community. 

Our Mission: SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Group, a project of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN.eco), works to ensure that climate action is treated as a top priority in Ashland and incorporated into all city planning and decision-making. Through education and outreach we inform and engage Ashland residents to support full, timely implementation of the CEAP, as a complement and support to the Ashland Climate Policy Commission and the Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission.

Why We’re Here: Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a great number of people, Ashland developed and approved a Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) in March 2017. The CEAP is a comprehensive, landmark document, but implementing it takes time and commitment, and a willingness to change the way we think about our city and how we get things done. SOCAN-Ashland Action Group came about because members of SOCAN in Ashland wish to accelerate the implementation of the CEAP by raising the voice of climate activists and raising awareness among Ashland residents about climate issues. Read the CEAP Executive Summary here.

How We Do Our Work

  1. Outreach and Organizing: Increase the number of Ashland residents who are knowledgeable about the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) and supporting its implementation
  2. Education: Provide, facilitate, and/or promote education and information dissemination on timely topics related to CEAP and greenhouse gas reduction.
  3. Advocacy: Ensure a robust citizen voice that prioritizes climate action and advocates for full and timely CEAP implementation 

For more information about the Ashland Climate Action Project, contact lorrie@socan.eco