Congratulations to Jennifer Devlin, who has coordinated the bureau's Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) since 2002. The city announced last month that Jennifer is the winner of one of this year's Spirit of Portland Awards. She will receive an Equity in Practice award at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 17 in the City Council chamber from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Devlin (taking a knee) with other English ivy fighters
Members of the community nominate individuals and groups for Spirit of Portland Awards and a city selection committee chooses the winners. Representatives from the Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, neighborhood associations, and other community organizations make up the selection committee. The committee chooses award recipients based on what they have done to improve the community and whose work makes a lasting impact.
Jennifer (on left) accepting the first Carter Foundation Award for campus-community collaboration
In 1994, Environmental Services began offering grants to community groups and individuals to support projects that promoted watershed health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires cities to develop stormwater management plans that include public information, involvement and participation. Through CWSP, the city has invested more than $1 million dollars in stewardship grants and involved more than 40,000 community volunteers and students in projects to protect the environment and our natural resources.
The Spirit of Portland Award application says the Equity in Practice Award that Jennifer won "Recognizes groups or individuals demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values while assisting in the implementation of exceptional projects focused on cross-cultural collaboration and the engagement of historically underrepresented communities." CWSP grants benefit watershed health, create community partnerships and advance Portland's equity goals by involving underrepresented communities.