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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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Solarize Portland extends deadline to May 15th

BPS E-News Issue 11

The price goes down when more neighbors join in! While Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have recruited over 275 homeowners in North and Northwest Portland for a bulk purchase of solar electric systems for their homes, and they want even more neighbors to sign up. The registration deadline for these Solarize Portland campaigns has been extended to May 15, 2011.

Free workshops makes going solar easy and affordable

Solarize Portland neighborhood projects are designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing. Free workshops make the process easy to understand, by covering topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started.

 

About Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition (NWNW) promotes direct participation in grassroots democracy by supporting community efforts at the neighborhood level. Our services advance the voices of our constituent Neighborhood Associations as they strive to create livable, sustainable and equitable communities. www.nwnw.org

About North Portland Neighborhood Services

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse, is the neighborhood office that serves residents in the 11 neighborhood associations in the North Portland district. www.npnscommunity.org

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Youth initiate action for a better Portland!

BPS E-News Issue 11

Portland’s youth are making it happen for themselves through an $8,000 grant from the BPS Youth Action Grants Program. On March 18, 2011, eleven projects for youth 21 and under were awarded funding for proposals that encourage girls to study math and science, hold a bi-lingual reading competition and address issues of institutionalized racism, among others.

Supported by the BPS Youth Planning Program, PCC Students4Giving, the Multnomah Youth Commission, the Office of Mayor Sam Adams and Mercy Corps Global Citizen Corps, the Youth Action Grants encourage new and creative youth-designed and youth-led projects, particularly those which engage large numbers of youth, broaden youth skills, and involve new youth leadership.  The 11 projects awarded prioritize any one of six articles in Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth in order to help make it a reality for the youth of Portland.  

In the 2011 grant cycle, Miranda Zook, 17, of East Portland, was awarded $1,000 to accomplish her action proposal. With the help of local non-profit Free Arts NW, she will work with the Youth On A Mission Thrift Store to create a mural to attract attention and support to the local business. The Youth On A Mission Thrift Store, located at 11923 N.E. Halsey St. sells second-hand goods to fund programs that teach life skills and provide services to youth who have been through the juvenile justice system in Multnomah County. The store also employs youth who have experienced the justice system, giving them the opportunity to learn business and sales operations, while providing a space for them to express themselves. The mural project draws on art therapy as a tool towards building skills for success in youth who are often forgotten.

"I've been doing bad things all my life. And I wanted to flip that around and do some positive things for the community,” shared a youth who works at the thrift store. The hope is that the store front mural will not only beautify the East Portland community they live in, it will also increase profits which allows the store to employ and serve more youth who struggle through the justice system.  

This spring, Miranda’s project brings together community groups like the East Portland Action Plan, Free Arts NW, the Multnomah County Department of Juvenile Justice, and local business in an innovative way that empowers youth to participate and be positive in their communities.  

Sampling of Projects to be awarded in the 2011 grant cycle:
•    A math tutoring program to motivate and inspire young girls towards math and science success;
•    An education series for youth workers and youth about the importance of Queer and Transgender inclusiveness;
•    An education and celebration event to promote awareness of the experiences of undocumented youth in Portland;
•    An art and creative expression forum about the value and experiences of youth in alternative school programs citywide;
•    A bilingual reading competition at James John Elementary School, where children learn literacy along with their Spanish-speaking parents, while stepping as leaders in their school; and  
•    A workshop series designed by youth to educate and speak honestly about dismantling institutionalized racism in Portland.

For more information about this and the 10 other awarded projects, e-mail Pam Phan, Youth Program Coordinator at pam.phan@portlandoregon.gov.  

 

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Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Project

BPS E-News Issue 11

Community members in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood will soon collaborate on a plan to enhance their neighborhood business district. Beginning this month, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in cooperation with the Bureau of Transportation, will engage with Cully folks to plan for the future of Cully Boulevard Main Street. Development of a local street plan for the neighborhood is also a key component of the project.

This one-year project will help create more neighborhood-serving commercial development, such as shops, restaurants and other amenities and services. The project will conclude with a report with zoning recommendations for the Cully Boulevard Main Street area and a local street plan. The street plan will identify opportunities for future street connections, ideas for new local street designs, and the community’s prioritization of local street improvements with ideas for funding. The report with recommendations will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and then to the City Council at public hearings in Spring 2012 for final action.

The Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project implements high priority actions desired by the community that relate to economic development and improvements to local street infrastructure. An outgrowth of the Cully-Concordia Community Assessment Report and the Cully-Concordia Community Action Plan, this project addresses some of the key issues and opportunities to improve livability for residents, especially families with children. The bureau’s northeast district liaison worked closely with diverse community and agency stakeholders in the Cully (and Concordia) area for the past few years to develop the assessment report and action plan, and in 2008, City Council approved both.

The Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project is funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Transportation and Growth Management Program.

For more information contact Debbie Bischoff, Senior Planner, at 503.823.6946 or debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov.

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