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Become a Master Recycler!

Learn. Inspire. Make a difference. Register for Sept/Oct course by August 5.

New Master Recycler website homepage

Master Recyclers are a volunteer corps who inspire neighbors and coworkers into action!

Registration is open for the September/October 2015 Washington County course. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12 pm.

Learn from the experts

Join 30 recycling enthusiasts in an eight-week course. Learn from innovative leaders about topics such as:

  • sustainable consumption,
  • fixing and reuse,
  • the sharing community,
  • toxics reduction,
  • green building,
  • recycling and compost processing,
  • the global markets in which recycables are bought and sold.

Take tours and get skills

Tour recycling centers, compost facilities, and hazardous and municipal waste sites to see firsthand how these systems work. And connect to resources and learn skills that will help you make meaningful change for yourself and your community.

Join the team 

You will be a part of a team of over 1,400 Master Recyclers from Forest Grove to downtown Portland, St Johns to Canby and Sandy.

Earn Master Recycler Certification by attending the course and volunteering 30 hours. Registration is open for the September/October 2015 Washington County course.

  • WHAT: Washington County 8-week spring course and 30 hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting on September 9 and two Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm on September 19 and October 17.
  • WHERE: Hosted by Washington County at Washington Street Center 225 S. First Avenue, Hillsboro
  • COST: $50 fee.
  • Partial and full scholarships are available without extra application requirements.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12 pm. Register today!

Discussion Draft released for Employment Zoning Project

Public invited to comment to staff, who will consider feedback as they develop the Proposed Draft to increase land for jobs in Portland

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Discussion Draft of the Employment Zoning Project. This early implementation project for the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan will implement new policies to achieve more efficient use of industrial land and mixed employment areas as well as map changes to expand these areas. Proposed changes also address the City’s prosperity and equity goals.

The number of people and jobs in Portland is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The City of Portland is expected to accommodate approximately 141,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2035 — a 26-percent share of regional job growth.

The draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan proposes a range of strategies to meet forecast demand in Industrial and Mixed Employment areas (not Commercial areas), where 31,000 new jobs are projected. Most of these strategies will be implemented gradually. New brownfield redevelopment tools and investments that encourage industrial land intensification will be developed along with strategies to improve watershed health in what are largely the same places.

Read the Employment Land Project Discussion Draft. 

The Discussion Draft is a roughly 80-percent draft of the project proposals. Staff will gather public comments on this draft to inform the development of the Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in September for their consideration and vote.

Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Friday, August 28, 2015 to:

Email: or

Write: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Steve Kountz, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

Planning and Sustainability Commission moves the Comprehensive Plan closer to the finish line

Commissioners vote on dozens of amendments to the Proposed Draft and; final vote — on goals and policies — at July 28 meeting

At their July 14 meeting, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on a number of items for the Comprehensive Plan Update:

The Commission will tie up their work on this phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, July 28, after hearing from members of the project Community Involvement Committee about public engagement efforts. Once they make their final vote on the Goals and Policies document, as amended, the PSC will be ready to forward their Recommended Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council. 

Following their recommendation to City Council, the commissioners will turn their attention to the final phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update: early implementation. During the fall and winter, the PSC will hold public hearings on draft plans for employment land, campus institutions and mixed use zones and other implementation projects.

City Council will be holding several work sessions on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan in the fall, followed by public hearings later in the year. Check the CPU Calendar for more dates and details.

PSC News: July 28, 2015 Meeting Recap

R/W #7792 Street Vacation — hearing / recommendation; Powell-Division Transit and Development Project — briefing; Community Involvement Report — briefing; Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation


  • R/W #7792 Street Vacation — hearing / recommendation
  • Powell-Division Transit and Development Project — briefing
  • Community Involvement Committee — briefing
  • Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation

Meeting files

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