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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.

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.)

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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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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