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Compost for sale at Sunderland Recycling Facility

Available May 2-3 and May 16-17, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

Dumptruck unloading leaves

Portland residents can purchase compost for spring gardening from leaves collected around the city as part of Leaf Day Pickup. City of Portland crews use collected materials for maintenance and repair projects, while some recycled materials, like leaf compost and crushed rock, is available to the public.

Sunderland is responsible for composting the more than 5,000 tons of leaves collected through the Leaf Day program. Removing leaves from streets helps maintain streets from clogged storm drains, flooded intersections and slippery streets.

The facility is open to the public the weekends of May 2-3 and May 16-17, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the special weekend sales, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost for each cubic yard of compost is $24.

Sunderland Recycling Facility is located at 9325 NE Sunderland Rd.

Have questions about the compost sale?
Contact Sunderland Recycling Facility at 503-823-3500 or find more information online.

Need help with curbside composting?
Find videos and tips at www.portlandcomposts.com.

SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft Ready for Review; Public Hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission Scheduled for May 26

New long-range plan for the Central Eastside focuses on employment growth, activating new station areas and fostering research and innovation

Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan Cover

Portland’s Central Eastside is a vital part of the Central City. With a combination of large industrial spaces, lower commercial rents than the Central City or South Waterfront, and a soon-to-be unique transportation nexus with the opening of Tilikum Crossing, the district is attracting large and small businesses alike. The area is also becoming a popular place for eating, drinking and recreating.  

The draft SE Quadrant Plan proposes to preserve the industrial sanctuary while expanding the definition of industrial employment and land, activate the new station areas around the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line, and foster an already emerging research and development industry developing on both sides of the river around OHSU and OMSI. The new plan is designed to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st century inner city employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to natural resources like the Willamette River.  

The public is invited to view the Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan and provide testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or at a hearing on May 26.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 3 p.m. (check the PSC calendar one week prior to confirm time)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

To learn how to testify, please read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The SE Quadrant Plan will set direction for changes in regulations that will be developed in the next year. Property owners can review the plan and provide testimony if they want to support or oppose a proposal in the draft plan.

Background

The SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft includes goals, policies and actions that will direct growth in the eastern areas of the Central City over the next 20 years. This area includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, East Portland Grand Ave Historic District, new OMSI and Clinton MAX station areas and the Eastside Riverfront.

The plan proposes changes to land use regulations and the transportation system to strengthen the industrial sanctuary while increasing employment densities, encouraging investment, protecting historic resources, establishing more amenities for employees and residents, and managing conflicts between industrial and other operations.

This proposed draft has been endorsed by the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee following 14 meetings, multiple subcommittee meetings, tours, neighborhood association meetings and two open house events.

Next Steps

Following the public hearing in May, the PSC will hold a work session on June 9 to formulate its recommendation to City Council (remember to check the PSC calendar one week prior to the meeting to confirm). The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution.

This is an interim step in the Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan process. In 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will begin the public hearing process to adopt the final detailed CC2035 plan. Specific recommendations outlined in the SE Quadrant Plan will be integrated with recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant and West Quadrant Plans and adopted by ordinance as part of the CC2035 at that time.

REMINDER: Portland is Growing: A Festival of Local Films is this Wednesday, April 29 at the Kennedy School Gymnasium

Join us for an evening of “cinematic discussion” of how Portland is growing. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments; movies begin at 7.

Portland is growing in all directions. Come hear different perspectives on growth through the eyes of local filmmakers. Arrive early to chat with friends and colleagues, then watch the movies and participate in a brief question and answer period with the filmmakers. This event is co-hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Portland is Growing: A Festival of Local Films

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Avenue

This event is an opportunity for community members to share their ideas about how Portland is growing. The videos cover such topics as density near parks, bird-friendly buildings, demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, bicycling in Portland, the development of New Columbia, growing in Centers and Corridors, and more.

For more information, please call 503-823-7700.  

Fix-it Fair Celebrates a Successful 28th Season

Over 70 organizations provided exhibits and workshops that attracted more than 1,700 attendees.

Parkrose High School, Rosa Parks Elementary School and David Douglas High School hosted this winter’s fairs, offering 40 workshops and drawing more than 1,700 people from the diverse surrounding communities.

If you attended a Fair, you may have gotten help from Repair PDX fixing a broken appliance, or had your bike tuned-up by the folks from Safe Routes to School, learned to weatherize your home, or even attended one of the many workshops in Spanish at David Douglas HS.Fix-It Fairs help Portland residents save money while creating healthy homes and enhancing our natural environment. With a primary audience of low- to middle- income residents that are racially and culturally diverse, the Fairs offer free access to community resources and educational opportunities. Spanish speaking attendees made up 16 percent of attendees at the third fair, thanks to a Spanish-language track publicized by Univision KUNP.

Fix-It Fairs have been a success for nearly three decades because of our committed partners. While BPS facilitates the huge events, the rich content and resources are provided by more than 70 organizations who offer exhibits, on-site repairs and workshops. We would also like to thank the more than 60 volunteers who provided outreach, interpretation and staff assistance at the fairs.

A very special thank you goes to our sponsors, Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and Univision KUNP.

And while we’re saying thank you, we would like to honor one of the founders of the Fix-it Fairs, Dave Tooze who is retiring this year. Dave helped organize the original fairs and continued to provide workshops on energy savings for just about all 28 years. His friendly smile and depth of knowledge will be sorely missed – but his Fix-It Fair legacy will live on! 

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: Portland takes action on climate change; new video features the business case for climate action now

BPS E-News, Issue 41, April 2015

When I was first hired by the Portland Energy Office to work on local energy policy in the 90s, few people were interested in the issue of global warming. While scientists talked about climate change as a reality, it hadn’t yet become a key public issue.

At that same time, two city council members, Mike Lindberg and Earl Blumenauer, also agreed that national energy policy was unsustainable and that we might have to wait decades to see changes, so we should start at the local level.

With their political support and leadership, in 1993 we adopted our first Climate Action Plan and started to make things happen. And as public awareness of climate change grew, more and more businesses, government and community leaders came together around the need to act.

Fortunately, we realized early on that the things our city desired — reduced costs for businesses, more affordable housing, clean air, healthier kids, lively, walkable neighborhoods and great quality of life — all aligned with actions to reduce carbon emissions.

As business, community and political leaders began to recognize these “co-benefits,” Portland was in a position to embrace its role as a climate change leader, while showing that residents and businesses were saving money. Creating good public policy, together with programs that addressed climate change, became the norm.

Our community has some impressive results to show for it:

  • We made transportation easier with a network of light rail, streetcar and buses.
  • Hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes were added to the city’s street network. Today, more than 6 percent of Portlanders ride their bikes to work, compared with 1 percent on average in other cities.
  • We invested in infrastructure. The new Tilikum Crossing bridge is the most recent example of investments in good urban design, energy efficiency, and healthy, connected communities.
  • City facilities are now more efficient, with savings of more than $6 million/year due to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Solarize Portland and related efforts resulted in more than 2,000 residential solar systems installed.
  • The high performance, green building industry took off early here, resulting in large numbers of LEED Gold and Platinum buildings. These designations in Portland are now interchangeable with the words “quality building.”
  • We launched Clean Energy Works to make homes more energy efficient. About 5,000 homes have been improved, thanks to the program’s mix of incentives, loans and individual investments.
  • A similar effort for multifamily housing in the 1990s and 2000s resulted in energy efficiency improvements in more than 40,000 apartments.
  • Recycling is another big win. Four years ago, we changed curbside collection so that recycling, yard debris and food waste are collected weekly, but garbage is picked up every other week. Practically overnight we reduced single-family waste headed to the landfill by 37 percent. The total recycling rate is now 70 percent for all commercial and residential solid waste.

Portland’s early action on climate change had some unexpected benefits with a surge in local expertise in green building, energy efficiency and developing vibrant neighborhoods. Our local designers, engineers, inventors and problem-solvers created all kinds of solutions to address climate change and use resources more efficiently. Now, those people are selling their solutions to the rest of the world. Whether it’s a green building design, stormwater management system or a recycling/waste reduction solution, the sustainable technologies and services sector is now a robust part of our traded sector economy.

Since we created our first Climate Action Plan in 1993, Portland has grown by more than 120,000 people. But we’ve managed to reduce carbon emissions by 14 percent citywide, and on a per person basis, we’re down 35 percent.  In plain language, that means we are continuing to live a good life here in Portland, while cutting the use of fossil fuels by 35% per person.

And at the same time, we’ve added thousands of jobs – proving that you can grow a local economy while downsizing your carbon footprint.

But today, as we set even more ambitious goals for climate action, the sense of urgency has increased. We can’t wait decades to see the dramatic results we need.

And that means we must 1) invest in renewable energy, 2) retrofit our existing buildings to make them healthier and more efficient, 3) develop net-zero energy new buildings, 4) promote more transit, 5) implement land use planning that supports walking and biking, 6) reduce our total consumption, and 7) reuse, recycle and compost as much of our waste as possible.

As Portland has done in the past, these leaps forward will require collaboration among residents, businesses and government. For the latest thinking -- check out the draft 2015 Climate Action Plan, headed to City Council this summer. And, watch this new video to hear from local resident and business climate action leaders.

Together, we can show the world that climate innovation happens here.

 

Susan Anderson, Director

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability