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Coming Soon: Freeway/Local Transportation Interface Charrette

If Portlanders have experienced traffic in the city, it's quite likely around the Rose Quarter -- either on I-5 or on the many serpentine streets surrounding the interchange at the coliseum. Now the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are tackling the transportation issues there during a three-day charrette (or workshop).

Come learn about the underlying issues and be a part of the solution.

The charrette will be held April 11 - 13 and will start the process of developing preliminary concepts for improvements to the I-5 freeway corridor within the planning area. It will also look at how the freeway interfaces with the local transportation system, including ramp and bridge design and impacts on the circulation system. All members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the charrette at three different sessions:

  • April 11, 5-8:30 pm, Opening session

  • April 12, noon to 1 pm, Check-in session to review preliminary work

  • April 13, 5-7 pm, Closing session to review and discuss charrette products

See the calendar for locations. More information about each session is also available in the charrette agenda.

Questions or comments? Email the project team at NNEQuadrant@portlandoregon.gov. We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!

Save the Date and RSVP for West Hayden Island Tours

The city will be leading two public tours of the island on May 7th and June 4th.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be leading two public tours of West Hayden Island to provide the public a chance to see the island and learn more about the planning project in preparation for the concept planning process later this summer. 

The tour on Saturday May 7th will be a van tour of the island. Space is limited to 25 people. Click here to find out more information about this van tour, registering and deadlines.

The tour on Saturday June 4th will be a walking tour. Two options of differing lengths will be offered. These tours will also have a limited number of attendees. Click here to find out more information about the walking tours, registering and deadlines.

Tours on both dates will begin at the end of Hayden Island Drive, and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Registration at 9:45 a.m.)

CC2035 Events - Civic and Cultural Life Symposium #1

The CC2035 Symposium Series continues with a look at Civic and Cultural Life in the Central City.

The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series continues in the month of April with three new sessions focused on Civic and Cultural Life and Public Safety. At the upcoming symposium on April 8th, the vitality of the Central City's arts, culture and civic life will be discussed in-depth by a panel of experts in an effort to help guide CC2035. During the meeting the public can offer ideas and learn more about the topic.

The benefits of a strong cultural and civic life are numerous; increasing tourism, improving the local retail economy and raising educational performance in students. In addition to these, it helps make the Central City a more livable and attractive place that people flock to in order to live, work and shop.

With a diversity of popular destinations the Central City is the rich cultural hub of Portland that attracts visitors from all over the region. There is a great opportunity to improve its artistic and cultural vibrancy to further its role as a regional and national destination. On April 8th, and at a second meeting scheduled for April 28th, the symposiums are chances to learn and provide input about how CC2035 can help the central core of Portland continue to flourish culturally.

These topics are just two 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.

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.

BPS News: Solarize Portland projects extend deadline to May 15, 2011

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have extended their Solarize registration deadline to encourage greater public participation.

BPS News

Monday April 11, 2011

CONTACT
Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007

 

Solarize Portland projects extend deadline to May 15, 2011 

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have extended their Solarize registration deadline to encourage greater public participation.

Portland, ORE - The price goes down when more neighbors join in! Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have already recruited over 285 homeowners in North and Northwest Portland for a bulk purchase of solar electric systems for their homes.  Project organizers don't want their neighbors to miss out on this amazing opportunity.  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.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the nonprofit organization Energy Trust of Oregon are working together to support the launch of Solarize Northwest and North Portland, and can help any Portland neighborhood associations or groups interested in operating Solarize projects. For these two projects, the City of Portland is providing strategic assistance and coordination, and Energy Trust is providing technical assistance and cash incentives to help lower the upfront cost of the solar electric systems. Also, Solar Oregon is offering educational workshops and providing database services. For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize.

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

 

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. www.portlandonline.com/bps

About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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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 www.bestbusinesscenter.org.

Sincerely,

 

Susan Anderson
Director
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability