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Portland Plan Fairs unveil draft strategies for Portland’s future

BPS E-News Issue 11

The month of March ushered in several Portland Plan Fairs around the city, family-friendly events where Portlanders learned about draft strategies for Portland’s future. Participants were invited to comment on strategies for education, economic prosperity and affordability, and healthy connected neighborhoods, as well as an equity initiative.  

In addition, local food, music and dance made each of the four Portland Plan Fairs unique. An armadillo and yo-yo champion were the stars at the Oregon Zoo fair. Samosas and an all-girl indie folk band were featured in East Portland. And bilingual staff and interpreters were on hand in North Portland for a Latino-focused event, complete with an El Rey (KYRP-FM) station appearance.

The fairs drew hundreds of people, who provided essential feedback on the draft strategies while enjoying food, entertainment provided by Colored Pencils Art & Culture [], and the company of their friends and neighbors.  

What's next in the Portland Plan process? The City will take the feedback gathered from the surveys, fairs and other community meetings and write a draft Plan by early summer. The draft Plan will then be open for comment. The draft Plan will head to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in the fall, and be presented to the Portland City Council by the end of the calendar year.

The Portland Plan will drive public decisions and investments as the city grows and changes over the next 25 years. With its partner agencies, the City will use the Portland Plan as a strategic plan to ensure that Portland is a prosperous and healthy city, with opportunity for all. Addressing jobs, education, health, housing, transportation and equity and more, the Portland Plan will affect something important to everyone in the community.

Add your thoughts by May 1st

Don’t miss one of the last opportunities to share your perspective on the ambitious strategies for Portland’s future, before the draft plan is published this summer. Make sure your voice is part of the plan by filling out our survey before May 1 at


From our director, Susan Anderson: Finding inspiration at the 19th annual BEST Awards

BPS E-News Issue 11

The BEST Awards, now in its 19th year, is known as the “Oscars” for Portland’s sustainable business community. It’s your chance to network with Portland’s innovative businesses, share a delicious locally-sourced breakfast and enjoy the suspense of the award announcements. I always look forward to getting a first look at Portland’s newest green products, enterprises and business practices.  But I think the real value in attending the BEST Awards is finding inspiration from our amazing business community.

Today’s most successful companies know that natural resources are limited. They seek a competitive advantage by adjusting their operations to consume fewer resources, conserve energy in their buildings and fleet, reduce waste and buy more local goods and services.

Many companies in Portland understand that a healthy workforce is central to the success of their business and the local economy. In response, they find innovative ways to recruit and retain employees and  promote equity in their business operations. A good example is last year’s small business winner, Bamboo Sushi, which pays living-wages for workers and chooses their distribution companies based on environmental sustainability and social equity practices for employees. Past BEST Award winners know that these smart approaches help drive customer loyalty and strengthen our community.

We hope you’ll join us on April 19th to celebrate Portland’s green business stars! Ticket sales close very soon. Learn more and buy tickets online at



Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

BPS News: Public Place Recycling Starts in Downtown Portland

New downtown recycling containers reduce waste and help citizens make sustainable choices on the go

Jocelyn Boudreaux
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

April 13, 2011


Public place recycling starts in downtown Portland

New downtown recycling containers reduce waste and help citizens make sustainable choices on the go

Portland, Ore. --  Today, the City of Portland unveiled Public Place Recycling, making recycling a simple and easy option for downtown commuters, residents, and visitors. In this first phase of a multi-year project, the City is installing 175 recycling containers on the downtown Portland transit mall. One recycling container will be installed next to each garbage can along Fifth and Sixth Avenues, between Northwest Irving and Southwest Jackson Streets. As part of the Portland Recycles! Plan adopted by City Council in 2007, Public Place Recycling aims to reduce the amount of waste in public garbage cans, while bringing sustainable options to public spaces.

“Public Place Recycling is an important step toward our goal of increasing our city-wide recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “Installing these new recycling containers next to garbage cans along the transit mall will make it easy and convenient to recycle downtown.”

With recyclable materials making up approximately 30 percent of the waste collected from downtown public garbage cans, the recycling containers have the potential to divert nearly a third of the downtown public waste from the landfill. The recycling containers will be paired with and match existing garbage cans and each will have separate areas for newspapers and magazines, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles. Non-recyclable items include coffee cups, cold beverage cups, food wrappers and food packaging.

"Bringing the City's recycling efforts to the Portland transit mall will be a great way to blend the City's sustainable priorities into this important public area,” said Bob Hastings, Agency Architect, Tri-Met. “Designed for function and aesthetics, these recycling containers will encourage the public to recycle, while enhancing the usability of the transit mall."

The City of Portland selected the downtown transit mall for the launch of Public Place Recycling because it is a thriving center of activity and a nationally recognized successful transit center. Partners in the project include the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Mall Management, Inc. Once installation of the recycling containers is completed this spring, data will be collected to help ensure that the project is as successful as possible when it eventually expands to other parts of the city.

Watch a new 1-minute promotional video about the recycling containers.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland’s diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland’s position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce.


Safety In Portland's Central City

The CC2035 Public Safety Symposium will explore broad safety issues for the next 25 years.

Ever wondered about how the City of Portland protects residents in their daily lives? Or the importance of building codes and the logistics of fire and rescue? What about preparing for natural hazards? One of the most important aspects of planning for the future of the city involves planning for the safety of the city and its residents.

In order to address this, Central City 2035 (CC2035) will be holding a public safety symposium on April 22nd. A group of panelists will discuss public safety issues that are specific to the Central City and ways in which CC2035 could plan for them.

Public safety is a crucial element of livability, vitality and longevity in the Central City. While previous plans have focused primarily on crime prevention and property protection, CC2035 acknowledges the complexity and breadth of current public safety issues that includes building construction, natural disasters and traffic safety. This symposium on April 22nd will explore these multi-faceted issues and the effect they have on all those who live in Portland.

For more information or questions, please contact John Cole at (503)-823-3475 or by email at

This topic is one of many integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


Symposium Explores Civic and Cultural Life

CC2035 Civic and Cultural Life Symposiums are moving forward with good discussions for Portland's Central City.

The culture of the Central City is alive and thriving! At the most recent symposium held on April 8th there were 20 panelists on hand to discuss what factors have led to this vibrant cultural life, and what needs to be done to sustain it for the next 25 years. It was agreed that in spite of all of the exciting art and culture being created that there is much to be done both now and for the future. The second Civic and Cultural Life symposium will be held on April 28th.

A few key issues for the future taken from the symposium:

  • Accessibility for all current and future residents
  • Good public places and how they encourage liveliness in the city.
  • Affordability to retain and attract artists.
  • Synergy within the artistic and cultural communities to enable collaboration.
  • Potential assets and cultural institutions to complement places such as the Rose Garden, Pioneer Square, OMSI and Saturday Market, among others.

Central City 2035 (CC2035) seeks to ensure a vibrant civic and cultural life through good planning. The second Civic and Cultural Life symposium on April 28th will build upon what was discussed and explore how potential policies would translate to distinct areas within the Central City.

The results from these two symposiums will be incorporated in the development of the draft Concept Plan for CC2035, and is one of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

For any questions or comments contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714 or by email at

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.