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Making the most of Thanksgiving leftovers

Use your turkey bones to make stock, get creative with leftovers, then compost the rest

Food in reusable containersDoesn't everyone like leftovers this time of year? Creative uses for Thanksgiving leftovers helps avoid food waste and provides a better use for the food you bought and prepared for others. Hopefully you have planned the size of your meal to fit your guest list, your guests eat a full meal and they take home leftovers in reusable containers to enjoy another time. (Tools to help you plan your meal and reduce food waste are compiled in Food: Too Good to Waste.)

But what to do with the rest?

To get the most from your bird, make stock with the bones before you compost it. It's easier than you may think. Adding water, carrots, onions, celery and perhaps some favorite herbs and spices or even white wine, you can create flavorful stock to freeze for future winter cooking.

Enjoy your leftovers (many holiday foods taste better the second day anyway), make a turkey sandwich, a casserole, or get creative with your own concoction!

Turkey carcassAnd when you have gotten everything out of your meal, add the turkey bones or any food that’s left to your green Portland Composts! roll cart. To contain messier food scraps, you can line your kitchen compost container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags.

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PSC News: November 18, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Comprehensive Plan Update — work session


  • Comprehensive Plan Update — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

City Council celebrates Portland’s legacy of age-friendly activism

Portland joins the cohort of Best Cities for Successful Aging

Last week Mayor Hales, along with his colleagues on the City Council, signed the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge and celebrated the one-year milestone for Portland’s Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. The pledge asserts that for Portland to be a city in which older adults thrive, we need employment opportunities, cultural enrichment, affordable housing and great public transportation.

This collaboration between public, private and not-for-profit partners builds on a long legacy of advancing Portland as an age-friendly city. Portland was the first US city to join the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, and was also one of the original cities participating in the AARP national network.

“We’re proud that Portland is among the first American cities to join the Best Cities for Successful Aging collaboration,” said Mayor Hales. “Being an age-friendly city is in our DNA: Portland has been a walkable city for well over a century; we’ve embraced public transit with buses, light rail trains and street cars; and we have countless urban parks to explore. The beauty and amenities of the city should be available for everyone, and that includes older residents.”

City Commissioner Nick Fish, who has been a consistent champion for older adults, stated, “I’m proud to live in a community that’s working hard to support people of all ages. Our Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland will help us better prepare for our aging population and the unique challenges they face. Together, we can ensure our older adults are respected, involved, and receive quality care and services. I was proud to join my Council colleagues this morning in signing the Best Cities for Successful Aging pledge!"

Learn about Portland’s Climate Action Plan at Fix-It Fair this Saturday

Presentations happen at Parkrose High School at noon and 2 p.m.

Taking action on climate change can seem overwhelming. But Portland is headed in the right direction. And you can be part of the solution.

Curious to learn how Portland is addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions?

Get a sneak preview of Portland’s next plan and share your ideas about what the City and County should focus on at the Fix-it Fair at Parkrose High School this Saturday, November 22. The presentation happens at noon, and then again at 2 p.m.

Follow the Climate Action Plan project at

Questions about the Climate Action Plan?

Contact Michele Crim, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-5638 or

For more information on Fix-It Fairs, visit or look for the related article elsewhere in this issue.

Parkrose High School welcomes Fix-It Fair this Saturday

Take advantage of free childcare and lunch while talking to experts about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and much more.

Fix-It Fairs are free events where neighbors come together to learn simple and effective ways to save money and stay healthy at home this winter and beyond. Each fair features exhibits and workshops from dozens of community partners throughout the day. Experts are available to talk about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more! Each fair also provides free professional childcare and lunch to attendees.

The 2014-15 Fix-It Fair schedule:

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 AM – 3 PM ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave

The David Douglas Fair in February will include additional workshops taught in Spanish.

Find out more information about scheduled workshops at Fix-It Fair online. (En español.)

To receive information and reminders on upcoming fairs, e-mail us, or join the conversation on Facebook.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.