It's Bike Commute Challenge month! Together with Portland By Cycle and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Ecoroof Program will be leading an Ecoroof Bike Tour on Wednesday, September 19th, from 6-8pm.
The tour will start downtown and move through Portland State University, across the river to the Central Eastside, and will end in Southeast. We'll visit 6-8 ecoroof projects and the ride will be about 5 miles long.
The ride is free and open to everyone, although riders should have some experience on Portland streets. To register (or if you have any questions), please send an email to BESEcoroof@portlandoregon.gov.
On September 1, Environmental Services resumed accepting treebate applications. That marks the start of the fourth year of the program. Portland residents who plant eligible trees in their yards can get a sewer bill credit of up to $50 depending on the mature size of the tree.
Environmental Services has granted Treebates for more than 1,750 new trees since the program began. One out of every five Treebate trees is evergreen, one out of six is a fruit or nut tree, and one out of eight is a species native to the Portland area.
Hostelling International and the Hawthorne Hostel have been excellent partners and leaders in sustainability over the years. Their new video showcases several examples of green infrastructure and sustainable design elements, including ecoroofs and green streets at the Hawthorne Hostel, People's Food Co-op, and the Multnomah County Building. Thanks and way to go Hostelling International!
From the festival's website: The third annual month-long celebration of our local built environment and design community features architectural tours, film screenings, public exhibitions, design lectures, and more. The Architecture and Design Festival is presented by the American Institute of Architects Portland and the Center for Architecture, in collaboration with many of Portland's finest arts and culture organizations.
Up close, personal and paddling - that's the way 17 ecologists, engineers, cleanup specialists, watershed managers and scientists learned about the Lower Columbia Slough's 9 miles on September 7th. City, Port and staff from other agencies working to recover and restore the waterway covered every inch of the Slough from NE 18TH street to Kelley Point Park. "Everything has an ecological niche... I was glad to see both incised waterway and mudflats," said one paddler. "This is a jewel next to heavy industry," said another.