As Evanstonians work to develop a climate action plan for the city, and with the draft downtown plan calling for green building practices, residents may want to take a look at what’s been happening in Portland, Ore.

Officials from Portland announced with much fanfare at a conference in Chicago last month that every new building in the city would be taxed unless it reached a higher level of energy efficiency.

But now, as the Portland Oregonian reports, city officials have delayed a draft of the proposal by three to six months, after running into opposition from various groups.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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