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CC2035 Steering Committee will guide direction

The CC2035 Steering Committee will start meeting November 10th and help guide policies for the direction of the Central City.

Central City 2035 is embarking on the last phase in developing a Concept Plan for Portland’s Central City, which will guide development and decision-making over the next 25 years. The new CC2035 Steering Committee will be meeting over the next few months, starting on November 10th, in order to help shape the overall policy direction and complete the Concept Plan. At the November 10th meeting a Draft Policy Framework will be discussed. The Framework is a result of input and guidance received from the CC2035 Advisory Group and the CC2035 Symposium Series.

For questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at troy.doss@portlandoregon.gov.

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: City of Portland chosen to showcase Clean Energy Works program at National League of Cities event

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff shares program model with other cities at NLC conference

For immediate release

November 9, 2011

Contacts

Christine Llobregat

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Christine.llobregat@portlandoregon.gov

503-756-7330

 

City of Portland chosen to showcase Clean Energy Works program at
National League of Cities event


Portland, ORE —  The National League of Cities (NLC) has honored the City of Portland for the development of the Clean Energy Works pilot program. Staff from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will showcase the program at NLC’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, held in Phoenix, Ariz., November 9 – 12.

“We are very proud of the Clean Energy Works program. During the pilot, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and its pilot program partners tested best practices and weatherized over 500 homes,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “Now the program has expanded statewide with Clean Energy Works Oregon. It’s my hope that other cities attending the NLC event will find this job-creation model adaptable to their own communities.”

At this event, NLC is recognizing  24 city programs that are examples of creative collaborations, increased efficiency and enhanced quality of life for residents. The programs were chosen in key areas of interest to cities in these difficult economic times and will serve as models for other communities in the areas of economic development, sustainability, infrastructure and children and families.

City Showcase: Green Cities/Sustainability Category
The City Showcase is NLC’s premier program celebrating city achievements. Successful, creative programs from cities and towns across the country are selected to be recognized for their accomplishments and invited to participate in networking activities. Programs are selected for their innovative practices and for their contribution to a collection of programs that demonstrates a wide range of geographical locations, city sizes, and topic areas.

Portland’s colleagues in the green cities and sustainability award category—highlighted below—strengthen local economies, enhance physical infrastructure, protect natural resources and promote public health. 


Clean Energy Works History

After a successful pilot program, in 2010 Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability helped create Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO), a non-profit organization that makes energy efficiency upgrades affordable and easy. CEWO bundles multiple upgrades, expert contractors, and low-cost financing into a single home energy remodel.

The private and public sector have joined together as never before with a community improvement program responsible to a triple bottom line of benefits which include:

  • Financial – provides capital for thousands of homeowners in Oregon.
  • Social – creates family sustaining jobs in our local area.
  • Environmental – reduces e nergy waste and carbon pollution in our communities.

Visit www.CEWO.org for latest application information.

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 the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org

 

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Overview of the October N/NE Quadrant SAC Meeting and Next Steps

At the October 27th Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting, the project team presented a review of the remaining I-5 freeway improvement concepts being considered, including updated drawings that illustrate how each of the concepts function and perceived opportunities and constraints of the alternatives. In addition, ZGF Architects presented how each of the alternatives would mesh with local transportation and land use (i.e. resulting development opportunities, new east-west connections, bike and pedestrian crossings and right of way impacts etc.).
 
The SAC was then invited to view a 3-D model of the study area with 'plug-ins' for each of the concept alternatives. The model allowed the group the opportunity to visualize how each of the concepts would 'fit' within the urban fabric. See the October 27 meeting packet for additional details.
 
There will be a Transportation Subcommittee held on December 8th to discuss evaluation results and to gain feedback on concept alternatives. The next full Transportation related SAC will be held on January 19th, where evaluation results on each of the alternatives will be presented and staff will recommend a preferred concept alternative to be carried forward for further refinement.

The upcoming SAC meeting on November 17 will focus on the planning effort for the overall N/NE Quadrant study area. Staff will present revisions made to the draft proposed concept since the September 29 SAC meeting and request approval of the concept for the purposes of moving forward with the next phase of plan development.  See the November 17 meeting packet for additional details.

We Build Green Cities

Check out this video highlighting Portland's national leadership in sustainability.

Check out this video highlighting Portland's national leadership in sustainability. Chronicling our city’s journey from being nicknamed “Stumptown” to becoming “Green City” — and the steps taken by the community to increase livability, bring nature back to the city, create ecodistricts, improve transportation and grow our industries. It’s inspiring stuff!

The goal of We Build Green Cities is to better connect Portland's green innovations, intellectual capital and products with the rest of the world. In fact, Mayor Sam Adams and a consortium of eight clean tech companies recently showed the video during meetings in Hong Kong to recruit new investment for Portland, and support the growth of Portland business overseas. We Build Green Cities is a project of the Portland Sustainability Institute in partnership with Business Oregon, the City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission.