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Airport Futures takes off

BPS E-News Issue 11

On April 13, 2011, at 2 p.m., the Portland City Council will vote to adopt the Airport Futures Plan. Airport Futures was a collaborative effort between the City and Port of Portland, and the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan community to create an integrated, long-range development plan for the airport and the surrounding area.

The Airport Futures plan Council will take a new approach to protecting and enhancing natural resources in and around the airport. Instead of traditional regulation, the plan calls for the Port to mitigate for impacts to wildlife habitat by improving 300 acres of grassland on Government Island in advance of development. The Port also made a strong commitment to the overall enhancement of the Columbia Slough by pledging $1.8 million in tree planting and slough enhancement projects over the next 25 years.

Airport Futures received the unanimous endorsement of the 30-member planning advisory group and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. A joint hearing on the plan was held before both the Portland City Council and Port of Portland Commission on March 16. After testimony by 15 advisory group members and several community members, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt, Mayor Sam Adams, City Council and the Port Commission praised the open and transparent planning process and expressed appreciation for the incredible work of the advisory group members, staff and project consultants.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson and Port Aviation Director Steve Schreiber emphasized that, “… this is not an end, but a beginning …” for the implementation of the Airport Futures commitments as well as the creation of an ongoing PDX Community Advisory Committee this fall.  

The three-year planning process was guided by a 30-member planning advisory group with input from airport stakeholders. The process included 87 planning advisory group and subcommittee meetings and over 131 stakeholder meetings. The ongoing committee is being sponsored by the Cities of Portland and Vancouver and the Port of Portland.

 

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Clean Energy Works Portland Pilot announces success, launches expansion

BPS E-News Issue 11

The City of Portland and newly formed nonprofit Clean Energy Works Oregon recently announced the successful completion of the Clean Energy Works Portland home energy efficiency retrofit pilot and the expansion of the program statewide. As of March 2011, the pilot, led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, accomplished its goals and more:

  • Five hundred homes were enrolled in the program and received an energy assessment, low-interest loan for energy upgrades, a personal Energy Advisor and connection to qualified construction professionals.
  • The program created 29 entry-level jobs in the hard-hit construction industry.
  • 381 workers received paychecks who otherwise may not have had work.
  • Participating homes experienced on average a 20 percent or greater reduction in energy consumption after their project was complete.


“Today, the City of Portland celebrates the early success of the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot and welcomes the new Clean Energy Works Oregon,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “While our Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led the way, we are grateful for the innovative collaboration from our many community partners, including Energy Trust of Oregon, Enterprise Cascadia, NW Natural, Pacific Power, PGE, Worksystems, Green for All and our host of stakeholders, including contractors, unions and community groups.”

View a video of the recent CEWO launch event here: http://vimeo.com/21452335

Clean Energy Works Oregon expands services across Oregon in 2011

Due to the success of the pilot, in June of 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy invested an additional $20 million dollars from its BetterBuildings program to fund the expansion of the program across Oregon. The statewide program, which simplifies the process of transforming older houses into energy-efficient comfortable homes, will be administered by Clean Energy Works Oregon.

“Clean Energy Works Oregon makes home energy efficiency affordable and easy,” said Derek Smith, CEO of Clean Energy Works Oregon. “As communities look to economic development through climate action, Clean Energy Works offers a proven, turnkey service that produces jobs, energy savings, carbon reductions and housing affordability.”

The expansion is expected to bring $100 million in private capital to communities throughout the state. The three-year goals of the expansion are to complete 6,000 residential projects, create 1,300 family-supporting jobs and generate significant energy savings.

The expanded program launched on March 15 to homeowners in the Metro area, including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties and the cities of Portland, Lake Oswego and Gresham.  They are planning a phased rollout to the Rogue Valley, Eugene/Lane County, Hood River, Astoria, Klamath Falls, Coos County, Pendleton, Bend/Deschutes County, Corvallis and Salem throughout 2011.

To apply for Clean Energy Works Oregon, visit www.cewo.org.

Specials Savings for Homes in Lents and Interstate

Homeowners in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties can benefit from initial special rebate offerings totaling up to $3,700. For a limited time, homeowners living in the Lents or Interstate Urban Renewal Areas can save an additional $1,000 off their project cost. For more information visit: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org/neighborhood

 

 

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Nominate a home for the 10th annual Build It Green! Home Tour

BPS E-News Issue 11

This year’s Build It Green! Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 24. Yes, that’s several months away, but we’re reminding you now so you can talk it up amongst your friends. Even more important is that we need your help to identify and nominate green-built or –remodeled homes for the tour.  Check out the homes from last year here.

Now in it's tenth year, the BPS green building team continues to promote the tour to help encourage community energy towards green building techniques. Along with the Info Fair at EcoHaus, tour-goers can take home a wealth of ideas -- at all prices ranges -- to incorporate into their homes.

Remember, April 30 is the deadline for nominations

New, old, funky, refined, modern — we’re looking for a diverse mix of residential projects. Fill out a nomination form on our website -- it's easy!

Public Place Recycling makes recycling easy on the go

BPS E-News Issue 11

This spring, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will install recycling containers next to each garbage can on the downtown transit mall. Watch the promotional video here.

With recyclable materials currently filling about 30 percent of downtown Portland garbage cans, public recycling containers are a simple way to make a big impact on Portland’s waste stream. The new containers will be paired with existing garbage cans so it will be easy to recycle newspapers and magazines, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles. Items that should not go in the recycling containers include coffee cups or cold drink cups (even if they are compostable) or any kind of food container or wrapper. The City asks that if you are unsure about if an item can go into the recycling bins, please dispose of it in the garbage: “When in doubt, leave it out!”

After installation is completed later this spring, the pilot is expected to eventually expand to other parts of the city. Partners include the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Mall Management, Inc.

Learn more about recycling in Portland homes, businesses and public spaces at Metro’s Recycling Information Hotline at 503-234-3000.

 

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Panel of local experts discusses the future of the Willamette River

BPS E-News Issue 11

In February, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted two Willamette River symposiums to inform the update of the Central City Plan and the Willamette River Greenway Plan. The sessions helped to identify policies to achieve development, access and vibrancy along the river, while protecting and restoring natural resources and watershed health. The sessions build on the rich history of the 1988 Central City Plan, 1987 Greenway Plan, 2001 River Renaissance Vision and the 2006 River Concept.

The symposiums included representatives from the Federated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Siletz; property owners and business leaders; community and environmental activists; neighborhood representatives; state and federal agency staff; architects, landscape architects, engineers, commercial realtors; university professors and other professionals; and others who care about the river.

City planners are using the feedback from the symposiums to chart a course for the future of the Willamette River. They will present their ideas to the Central City 2035 Advisory Group on Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 A. The public is invited to attend and comment.

The two-page guidance document begins with the following goal:  

Ensure that the Willamette River, and the land along the river, supports a diverse array of economic opportunities, community spaces and activities for all Portlanders, and a healthy, functioning environment in the heart of the Central City.

Over the next few months the advisory group will review and approve similar draft goals for housing, economic prosperity, mobility, civic and cultural life and other topics. Once guidance documents are drafted for all the topics, they will be released for broad public review and forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and then on to the City Council. The Council-approved document will guide the update of the Central City 2035 plan, the Central City Transportation Management Plan and the River Plan / Central Reach.

For more information on Central City 2035, please contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714. For more information about the Willamette River policies, please contact Shannon Buono at 503-823-7662.