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Oliver P. Lent Elementary School slated as next location to receive solar panels in 2014
Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Oliver P. Lent Elementary School slated as next location to receive solar panels in 2014
Portland, Ore. — Mayor Charlie Hales today hosted representatives from Portfolio 21 Investments, Portland Development Commission, SolarWorld, Umpqua Bank and Wells Fargo to acknowledge their early financial support of the City of Portland’s Solar Forward Fund, a crowdsourcing campaign designed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
As founding members of the Solar Forward Fund, these organizations have together provided more than $20,000 to lead the way on a tax-free, crowdsourced green energy fund to support the installation of solar infrastructure at some of Portland’s most beloved public sites, including community centers, libraries and schools. The City of Portland will continue to raise money for the fund from individuals and organizations, and once $50,000 is reached, the City will install photovoltaic (PV) panels at Portland Public School’s Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Additional sites in Portland will be announced prior to future fundraising cycles.
“Portland Public Schools is proud to partner with the City of Portland’s Solar Forward campaign. We welcome the opportunity to work together within this innovative framework to continue maximizing operational and energy efficiencies while also promoting renewable energy development. We believe this demonstrates to our students and community our commitment to being both good citizens and environmental stewards,” said C.J. Sylvester, chief operating officer of Portland Public Schools.
The Solar Forward Fund offers community members a new way to support clean, local renewable energy systems on public buildings like community centers, schools and libraries. Community solar offers an opportunity for people to support solar installations that benefit the community.
“In Portland we have chance for the first time to join as an entire community and put solar on some of our most beloved public spaces, said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Joining us in this community solar campaign is both a simple gesture and a powerful expression of our shared future. It's a way for all of us to show that there are still places in the world that value community above self.”
Renewable energy provides benefits to the community, from maintaining healthy air to the economic opportunity created for Portland’s small businesses and workers. All contributors to the Solar Forward Fund receive permanent recognition at the host site and reduce global warming pollution while proving a new model for community energy production.
“It's a way to support the places we love and invest in the future,” said Susan Anderson, director of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “And, it's a point of pride. Solar is one of the world’s most visible markers of innovation, sustainability and progress.”
Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarforward to learn more about the project and to make a tax-deductible gift.
BPS was awarded grant funds from the Oregon Community Foundation's Penstemon Fund in the amount of $100,000. This generous grant funded the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar electric system on Portland Parks & Recreation's Southwest Community Center and helped establish Solar Forward, Portland’s first revolving community solar fund.
Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. www.portlandoregon.gov/bps
Portland’s diverse communities can learn about the City’s plan for growth over the next 25 years
Portland is growing, and the City expects another 250,000 people by 2035. Many of these new residents will be from other cultures and countries.
The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan for Portland’s growth and development over the next 25 years. Guided by the Portland Plan, it will help ensure that Portland becomes more prosperous, healthy, educated, equitable and resilient for all Portlanders. So it’s important to reach as many community members as possible to create this plan, including those whose first language is not English.
The Mini Companion Guide provides a summary of the goals and directions in the plan, as well as an introduction to the new online “Map App” and the Citywide Systems Plan.
The Map App allows the public to see the same maps and information that City staff do from the comfort of their own home or favorite coffee shop. It comes with the Google Translator, featuring instant translation into dozens of languages from around the world. With the tool, viewers can see different map layers, such as “public transit,” “parks” and “communities of color.” Viewers can combine layers to create their own maps and share their ideas via email, Facebook and Twitter. They can also comment directly on the maps and view the comments of others.
The Mini Companion Guide is available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese (click on the images below to view the entire document). Don’t miss this chance to shape the future of Portland. Make sure the Comprehensive Plan reflects the population of our growing and changing city by sharing the “Mini” with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.
Use your turkey bones to make stock, and get creative with leftovers
Doesn't everyone like leftovers this time of year? Creative uses for Thanksgiving leftovers helps avoid food waste and provides a better use for the food you bought and prepared for others. Hopefully you have planned the size of your meal to fit your guest list, your guests eat a full meal and they take home leftovers in reusable containers to enjoy another time. (Tools to help you plan your meal and reduce food waste are compiled in Food: Too Good to Waste.)
But what to do with the rest?
To get the most from your bird, make stock with the bones before you compost it. It's easier than you think. Adding water, carrots, onions, celery and perhaps some favorite herbs and spices or even white wine, you can create flavorful stock to freeze for future winter cooking.
And when you have gotten everything out of your meal, add the turkey bones or any food that’s left to your green Portland Composts! roll cart. To contain messier food scraps, you can line your kitchen compost container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags.
Is it food? It's compostable!
Find more residential composting tips and information at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/foodscraps.
Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders and a chance to win a $100 credit on your garbage bill at www.garbagedayreminders.com.
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Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.
Mark your calendars for some or all of the offerings at this two-day event focused on the river in the Central City
We hope you can join staff and other community members in lively conversations about the future of the Willamette River in the Central City area. Come to one or more of the sessions on December 4 and 5 or drop in at one of the designated times to share your thoughts for a successful riverfront area in the heart of Portland.
Willamette River Central Reach Workshop
December 4–5, 2013
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A
|December 4||7:30–9:30 a.m.||Robust River Economy Topic Discussion
Exploring how and where to support and enhance existing and future in-water and rivers-edge businesses
|10–11:30 a.m.||Public drop-in Time|
Healthy River Topic Discussion
Exploring the integration of habitat restoration with uses, including recreation, boating and development
|1:30–2 p.m.||Public drop-in Time|
|4–5 p.m.||Public drop-in Time|
|5–8 p.m.||Vibrant Riverfront Districts Topic Discussion
Exploring ways to enliven the riverfront through connections/access, culture/history, attractions and open spaces, and nearby development
|December 5||4–5 p.m.||Open House to Showcase Workshop Materials from December 4|
|5–7 p.m.||Facilitated Conversation Integrating All Topics|
Light refreshments will be served at all events.
For more information on the CRWG and the December 4 and 5 Willamette River Central Reach Workshop, please contact Debbie Bischoff at email@example.com or 503.823.6946.
To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-7700 with such requests.
Portlanders wanting to help create well-designed, viable, and convenient mixed-use and commercial development in Portland’s neighborhoods should apply by December 6 at 5 p.m.
Are you interested in helping create well-designed, viable, and convenient mixed-use and commercial development in Portland’s neighborhoods? If so, the City of Portland invites you to learn more about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Mixed-Use Zoning Project and consider applying to serve on the project advisory committee: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/468116
Healthy connected neighborhoods — where services are conveniently concentrated, good transit options offer connections to employment, and a variety of housing types are available — are vital to our city’s livability. Growth expected over the next 25 years can strengthen our existing neighborhoods and create more healthy connected neighborhoods, expanding access to commercial amenities and other services to more Portlanders. In order to do that, the City is working to foster a number of “centers” and “corridors” throughout the city that support these services through mixed-use (commercial, residential, employment) development.
Portlanders from all parts of the city who live in or near a mixed-use area, or build and do business in mixed-use and commercial zones, are invited to apply for the Comprehensive Plan Mixed Use Zoning Project Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to support the implementation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, which will guide growth and development for the next 25 years. Advisory committee members will consider current development outcomes and areas for improvement, provide guidance and feedback on development and design approaches, and help create changes to the zoning code. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will work to ensure diversity on the committee by seeking to include field experts, neighborhood representatives, business and institutional interests, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and representatives from other interest groups.
Apply online: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/63624
Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5 p.m.