City Club's Advocacy & Awareness program turns research into action by informing decision-makers and the wider public about the Club’s adopted policy positions. Besides promoting positive change, advocacy committee members develop their policy knowledge and gain experience with a range of advocacy and awareness strategies. The Advocacy & Awareness Board provides support and oversight for these advocacy committees.
Below you'll find information about City Club's current advocacy committees. These committees are open to all City Club members who agree to restrict their advocacy and awareness efforts to advancing City Club's officially adopted policy recommendations.
The Air Toxics Reduction Advocacy Committee works to promote the recommendations in the Club's 2013 report: Invisible Enemies: Reducing Air Toxics in the Portland Airshed. Key recommendations include obtaining better data, enforcing existing laws, and tightening standards to reduce health hazards caused by air toxics.
Download an Executive Summary using the link below.
While Portland enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the top bicycle-friendly cities in the nation, any plans to expand the city's network of bikeways will no doubt require addressing a number of funding, public safety and community challenges. This advocacy committee is charged with raising awareness about the role bicycling should play in Portland's overall transportation system, while also advocacting for the recommendations in the report. Read the report, No Turning Back: A City Club Report on Bicycle Transportation in Portland, for more information about the scope and objectives of this study.
The Civics Education Advocacy & Awareness Committee works to promote the recommendations in the Club's 2012 report: Educating Citizens: A City Club Report on Improving Civics Education in Portland's High Schools (PDF); executive summary (PDF) also available. Key recommendations in the report include implementing a civic engagement partnership pilot project to encourage active citizenship among high school youth through partnerships between schools and the community.
The PERS Advocacy & Awareness Committee works to promote the recommendations in the Club's 2011 report: Oregon PERS: Burdened by the Past, Poised for the Future (PDF); executive summary (PDF) available. The report recommends ways that Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System can be placed on a more sustainable path while simultaneously maintaining Oregon's promise to its public employees.
The Redistricting Advocacy & Awareness Committte works to promote the recommendations in the Club's 2012 report: Lines that Don't Divide: A City Club Report on Improving Oregon's Redistricting Process (PDF); executive summary (PDF) available. Key recommendations in the report include the establishment of an nonpartisan independent redistricting commission.