A group of youth in a city plaza holding a large banner that says "Ashland Youth for Electrification." The sign is in the middle of the group, with blue text and a large yellow sun with yellow and orange rays made out of hand prints. There are other smaller climate protest signs interspersed throughout the group.

Support Ashland Youth for Electrification:

Rogue Climate Action Team (RCAT) is campaigning to pass a policy that will reduce the amount of polluting fossil fuel emissions permitted in new residential buildings in Ashland. This policy will move forward impactful climate action while improving indoor air quality, public health, and affordability for our communities.

By setting limits for polluting emissions in new residential construction, we can ensure that our city is building smart from the start.

Climate Action:

This ordinance would reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions from new residential construction, and will put the city on track to take action on the the commitments listed in the Ashland Climate and Energy Action Plan.

According to the Oregon Department of Energy, residential and commercial buildings account for about one-third of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, and direct use of fossil gas creates 14 percent of the state’s GHG emissions. 

Indoor Air Quality and Public Health:

The use of fossil fuel gas to power home appliances is a significant source of harmful indoor air and climate pollution. Passing a limit on the amount of toxic pollutants that new homes can emit is an opportunity to improve the health of our communities.

Studies show the long-term health risks of living with household gas appliances like gas stoves, which produce pollutants like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and more–even when they are turned off. Living in homes with gas appliances increases the risk for childhood asthma (by 42%), blood cancers, heart disease, and dementia, among other concerning health hazards.


Building new homes with electricity as a primary energy source is cheaper, and saves money for tenants on utility bills. This is crucial to consider as we build more much needed affordable housing in our community.

Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

Rally for Climate & Clean Air!
Wednesday, September 13

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 13| 2:00 – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Lithia Park (Across from Skout) | Ashland, OR

Stand with Ashland youth, who have been fighting for the future of our communities by pressuring the city to adopt a policy to transition new homes off of fossil fuels.

Join the rally to show that you support transitioning new homes away from fossil fuels, and to pressure Ashland’s Climate and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (CEPAC) to immediately take the next steps to make this policy a reality.



Community Action Gathering #2
Sunday, July 30

WHEN: Sunday, July 30| 3:00 – 5:00 PM
WHERE: The Ashland Library | 410 Siskiyou Blvd | Ashland, OR

Ashland Youth for Electrification is hosting another Community Action Gathering this Sunday, July 30th, and you’re invited!

Want to learn more about what an electrification and clean air ordinance would mean for the city of Ashland? Join the event for presentations about the campaign, and ways to get involved with local climate action.

Ashland Youth for Electrification at CEPAC
Wednesday, July 12

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12| 3:00 – 5:00 PM
WHERE: 51 Winburn Way | Ashland, OR

Ashland’s Climate Environment Policy Advisory Committee (CEPAC) is meeting to present the draft ordinance that Ashland city staff have been working on.

This is a key moment for community members to show up in support of the Ashland Youth for Electrification Campaign and share your story of why Ashland should pass an electrification and clean air ordinance for new homes. Will you attend the meeting in support?

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