Preserving our Environment and Creating Green Jobs
Oregon has a duty to preserve our natural legacy for future generations and act as a leader in combating climate change. The Secretary of State is one of three votes on the State Land Board along with the Governor and State Treasurer. This committee is charged with managing lands and Oregon’s Common School Fund, a trust for the state’s public K-12 schools.
Brad Avakian has a proven record in fighting to protect Oregon’s natural legacy for future generations. As a State Legislator, Avakian passed the Oregon Renewable Energy Act of 2007 to create more clean energy jobs and was named the Oregon League of Conservation Voter’s “Consensus Builder of the Year.” Avakian also led efforts to expand the Bottle Bill and protect waterways from illegal ballast water exchange and invasive species.
As Secretary of State, Avakian will use his position on the State Land Board to preserve Oregon’s natural legacy and create green energy jobs.
The Avakian Plan: Protect State Lands from Privatization
Keep state lands under the care of the State Land Board so that they can be preserved for future generations. Oregon’s State Land Board must maintain the state owned lands in a way that allows future generations to benefit from these resources indefinitely. As Secretary of State, Avakian will vote against privatization proposals.
The Avakian Plan: Partnerships for Clean Energy Jobs
Partner with green energy providers further our effort towards a green energy portfolio for Oregon. Make state land available to promote geo-thermal facilities in Central and Southern Oregon as well as wind and solar power generation in Eastern Oregon in ways that do not harm critical natural habitats. This will not only protect Oregon’s natural legacy from pollution, but will create thousands of good paying jobs.
Create partnerships between apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, and power companies to ensure the jobs created from these initiatives are filled by Oregonians. This will keep Oregon’s resources in our state, and not profit out of state contractors.