We have a bold vision for the future…
Dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a vibrant, low carbon regional economy by transforming energy systems, buildings, transportation, and food waste management.
The fight against climate change is an opportunity for creative partnerships that, attract new jobs and investment, spur innovation, and enhance quality of life for all residents. These efforts generate new possibilities for public and private sector collaboration in our region. We are creating great places to live, work, and start and grow businesses, all while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the natural resources and environments that draw people to the Pacific Coast region.
About the Pacific Coast Collaborative
The Pacific Coast of North America represents the world’s fifth-largest economy, a thriving region of 55 million people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. Through the Pacific Coast Collaborative, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles are working together to build the low carbon economy of the future. We share ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least 80 percent by 2050. We back up our commitments with regional action to transform our power grids, transportation systems, buildings, and economies while increase resilience to a changing climate.
By connecting jurisdictions at the regional level — and connecting states and provinces with cities in the region — the PCC facilitates collaboration on issues that cross borders and jurisdictional boundaries, such as grid integration, a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network, and responding to ocean acidification. We pool policy and technical expertise, share strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy, and work together to implement them.
In 2013, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia set the PCC on its current course of ambitious climate and clean energy policy by signing the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which was updated three years later as the Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan. In 2016, the PCC strengthened its regional collaboration network with the addition of the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver through the Pacific North America Climate Leadership Agreement.
Our partnerships and agreements allow us to leverage the leadership and ambition of all of our partners up and down the coast–working across geographic borders and working vertically among city, state, and provincial governments to support and strengthen our collective efforts. Our model approach continues to thrive more than ten years after the Governors and Premier founded the regional collaborative.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions while growing our regional economy
- Ensure the benefits and opportunities of a clean and resilient economy are shared by all residents, especially those most vulnerable
- Create great places to live, work, and start and grow businesses
- Protect our oceans and unique natural resources
- Leverage our shared geography, infrastructure, and regional economy
- Align our actions and combine our relative strengths and authorities
- Connect state, provincial, and local leadership
- Provide a model for decisive, coordinated sub-national climate action
Explore Our Leadership
We are situated on the Pacific Coast of North America – a region of one Canadian province, three states, and six major cities leading on climate action. Select a jurisdiction of interest to learn more.
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our current leadership.
“While the White House declares war on climate science and retreats from the Paris Agreement, California is doing the opposite and taking action. We are joining with our partners from every part of the world to do what needs to be done to prevent irreversible climate change”
“We are pushing the envelope in the U.S. and Canada. Job by job, we are building an economy that safeguards public health and helps everyone prosper.”
“The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change.”
“Cutting carbon pollution is critical to building a sustainable economy that works for everyone. Our government is committed to tackling climate change in a way that creates jobs, strengthens our communities and makes life better for British Columbians.”
“We’re continuing to improve our quality of life and reduce carbon pollution even while our population grows. We have decreased emissions by 21 percent (since 1990), while increasing jobs by more than 25 percent and population by 33 percent. Clearly, a greener city is also a more prosperous city, too.”
“The West Coast offers a blueprint: this is how you build a thriving, innovative economy that combats climate change and embraces a zero-emission future. We know it’s possible because we’re doing it.”