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Register to Become a Certified Master Recycler by December 31

Join a volunteer corps of 1400 Master Recyclers who have helped make Portland one of the top recycling cities in the world.

master recycler volunteer corps

Get the deep dive on sustainability topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling markets and processes, hazardous household products, composting, green building and deconstruction. This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. The experience offers a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development. After completing the course, graduates put their skills and knowledge to work and commit to volunteer 30 hours of community outreach.

WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter course and 30 hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting January 14, 2015), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (January 17 and February 28, 2015), 8 am – 2 pm.

WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A Portland, OR. 

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

APPLY: Deadline for applications is August 27, 2014 at 12 p.m. This is a popular course. To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people. Applications will all be received up to the deadline and then 30 people will be select by a weighted lottery.

Visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.

The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

Learn about Portland’s Climate Action Plan at Fix-It Fair this Saturday

Presentations happen at Parkrose High School at noon and 2 p.m.

Taking action on climate change can seem overwhelming. But Portland is headed in the right direction. And you can be part of the solution.

Curious to learn how Portland is addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions?

Get a sneak preview of Portland’s next plan and share your ideas about what the City and County should focus on at the Fix-it Fair at Parkrose High School this Saturday, November 22. The presentation happens at noon, and then again at 2 p.m.

Follow the Climate Action Plan project at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cap

Questions about the Climate Action Plan?

Contact Michele Crim, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-5638 or Michele.crim@portlandoregon.gov.

For more information on Fix-It Fairs, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif or look for the related article elsewhere in this issue.

The spirit of Portland is you

Thank you to all our committed volunteers and advisors.

In a city that loves public process, everyone can exercise their “inner planner.” And we’ve benefitted from so many of you who have given time, energy and resources to help shape the work we do. Many thoughtful community volunteers give countless hours to their neighborhoods, advocacy groups and a variety of planning and sustainability projects, all of which help make Portland an even better place.

Many of these volunteers offer their professional expertise and thoughtful consideration through advisory committees, such as supporting the SE and West Quadrant Plans, the Climate Action Plan and its Equity Working Group, and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).

In this season of gratitude, I’d like to single out a couple of extraordinary volunteers: André Baugh and Dr. Karen Grey, both of whom serve on the PSC. Their community service was recently celebrated with the Spirit of Portland Award. These awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to positive change in our community to make a lasting impact.

Both Karen and André have given hundreds of hours of their time to the community as members of the PSC, listening to staff briefings and public testimony, and then thoughtfully deliberating with fellow commissioners to produce viable proposals for City Council adoption. For example, during the creation of the Portland Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability received and compiled more than 20,000 comments from community members.

André began his tenure as a commissioner in 2008 and has chaired the PSC for the past two years. Karen was recruited in 2009 during the development of the Portland Plan for her expertise in education and youth issues.

As Portland continues to grow in size and diversity, it is people like André and Karen who help us implement the Portland Plan and ensure a prosperous, equitable, healthy and connected city for all.

For that, we are truly grateful.

Happy holidays,

Susan Anderson

Director


Andre BaughAbout Andre Baugh:
André is a consultant with Group AGB Ltd, a diversity management consulting firm. As PSC chair, Baugh ensures that the commission fulfills its commitment to effective public involvement and recommends balanced, equitable and forward-thinking proposals to City Council. He has presided over spirited public hearings and PSC discussions about West Hayden Island and many other complex projects. André’s focus on equity, which he values deeply, helped guide the commission to a deeper understanding of the issue so much so that equity and inclusiveness have become deeply imbedded in the ethos of PSC. Thanks to André’s advocacy, a thorough analysis of the social impacts of all proposed plans is part of the commission’s deliberative process, and all projects are now evaluated through the equity lens. His perspectives on housing, jobs and economic development, urban renewal, and transportation policies reflect his deep commitment to advancing the growth and development of the city without displacing whole communities.




karen greyAbout Karen Grey: Dr. Grey is the superintendent of the Parkrose School District and has worked for more than 32 years in public education. She chairs the State of Oregon's Education Enterprise Steering Committee, is co-director of the Oregon Collaborative Administrative Mentor Program
with Oregon Department of Education, and teaches educational leadership at both Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. She is on the Doctoral Council for Lewis and Clark and is a board member of the Classroom Law Project. Her insights on vulnerable populations, community development and how to support successful children and families have grounded the PSC’s discussions in the realities of day-to-day life for many Portlanders. 

City Council celebrates Portland’s legacy of age-friendly activism

Portland joins the cohort of Best Cities for Successful Aging

Last week Mayor Hales, along with his colleagues on the City Council, signed the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge and celebrated the one-year milestone for Portland’s Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. The pledge asserts that for Portland to be a city in which older adults thrive, we need employment opportunities, cultural enrichment, affordable housing and great public transportation.

This collaboration between public, private and not-for-profit partners builds on a long legacy of advancing Portland as an age-friendly city. Portland was the first US city to join the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, and was also one of the original cities participating in the AARP national network.

“We’re proud that Portland is among the first American cities to join the Best Cities for Successful Aging collaboration,” said Mayor Hales. “Being an age-friendly city is in our DNA: Portland has been a walkable city for well over a century; we’ve embraced public transit with buses, light rail trains and street cars; and we have countless urban parks to explore. The beauty and amenities of the city should be available for everyone, and that includes older residents.”

City Commissioner Nick Fish, who has been a consistent champion for older adults, stated, “I’m proud to live in a community that’s working hard to support people of all ages. Our Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland will help us better prepare for our aging population and the unique challenges they face. Together, we can ensure our older adults are respected, involved, and receive quality care and services. I was proud to join my Council colleagues this morning in signing the Best Cities for Successful Aging pledge!"

Parkrose High School welcomes Fix-It Fair this Saturday

Take advantage of free childcare and lunch while talking to experts about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and much more.

Fix-It Fairs are free events where neighbors come together to learn simple and effective ways to save money and stay healthy at home this winter and beyond. Each fair features exhibits and workshops from dozens of community partners throughout the day. Experts are available to talk about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more! Each fair also provides free professional childcare and lunch to attendees.

The 2014-15 Fix-It Fair schedule:

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 AM – 3 PM ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave

The David Douglas Fair in February will include additional workshops taught in Spanish.

Find out more information about scheduled workshops at Fix-It Fair online. (En español.)

To receive information and reminders on upcoming fairs, e-mail us, or join the conversation on Facebook.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.