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Oregon Technology Companies Commit their Support for State Climate Change Policy

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Intel, Elemental Technologies, Symantec, and eBay are among the 200+ Oregon Companies Calling for Action on Climate

(Portland, OR September 23, 2014) – Today, Oregon’s technology companies joined the growing list of businesses that have signed onto the Oregon Business Climate Declaration, including Oregon’s largest private employer, Intel, and one of Oregon’s fastest growing companies, Elemental Technologies. The Oregon Business Climate Declaration highlights opportunities to spur local economic development and job creation while curbing carbon pollution.

This is why many high tech companies in Oregon have signed on to the Business Climate Declaration.
This is why many High Tech businesses have signed on to the Oregon Business Climate Declaration - to attract talent that wants quality of life experiences. - Richard Hallman Photo

Technology companies in Oregon are concerned about climate change because of the impact it could have on their future ability to conduct business in the state, including clean water availability, certainty around energy costs, and the ability to recruit and retain talent.

“Technology companies around the globe are competing for top talent, and right now Oregon has a distinct advantage with its strong focus on lifestyle and livability,” said Skip Newberry, President at Technology Association of Oregon. “Maintaining a healthy environment is key to our excellent quality of life which allows us to recruit and retain the very best talent.”

Mt. Hood Meadows was one of the original companies to sign the State Climate Change Policy when it was issued in July. Meadows Executive Director of Public Relations Dave Tragethon draws a connection between the technology companies signing on, and the resort’s commitment. “In the high tech work space, it really is about attracting the best talent, which really speaks to quality of life issues. For many of these workers, having access to the winter recreation experience we offer is paramount in deciding where they will live and work. We strive to responsibly operate in ways that assure future generations of Oregonians will be able to continue to enjoy the nature, wonder and recreation of our permit area. We applaud Oregon’s forward thinking high tech industry leaders for making this important commitment.”

Over 200 companies from a diverse group of industries and companies around the state have signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration. Together, they understand that it will take more than a public declaration to impact climate change policy in Oregon.  Some companies plan on engaging actively in the policy discussions at the state level on climate change.

Technology company signatories include : eBay, Elemental Technologies, eRoi, FMYI, Inc, Intel, Symantec, Technology Association of Oregon and Vernier Software & Technology.

The Oregon Business Climate Declaration is a companion to the Climate Declaration launched in 2013 by Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, and its business network, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP). The Climate Declaration has more than 1000 signatories nationwide.  You can see the full list of Oregon companies here.