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BPS staff profile: Meet Yvonne Garcia, Sustainability at Work advisor

BPS E-News May 2014


yvonne garcia

From motivating office green teams to helping set up commercial-scale composting systems to giving out faucet aerators, Yvonne Garcia has provided educational and technical assistance to help hundreds of Portland-area businesses go green.

You won’t find Yvonne around the office much. In addition to meeting on-site with businesses, Yvonne speaks with business associations and community groups to learn how Sustainability at Work can better serve the local business community, and helps produce and host Sustainability at Work’s Problem Solved networking events.

Transitioning from her previous career as a social worker to become a sustainability advisor six years ago turned out to be a natural evolution for Yvonne. She became motivated to join the sustainability movement after enrolling in a Master Recycler class in the fall of 2006, and quickly adapted her social service acumen to support and educate people about sustainable practices.  

One of the most satisfying parts of Yvonne’s work is the opportunity to sit down with a struggling green team at a Portland business and empower them to reach their sustainability goals. Using strengths-based and motivational interviewing techniques, she helps the team identify their accomplishments and next steps. Then she reminds them to celebrate their successes!

An active member of the BPS Diversity/Equity Committee for the past five years. Yvonne has played an integral role in supporting bureau-wide training goals to improve staff cultural competency.

When she is not at work, she is likely baking sweet treats, playing with her two dogs or hanging out in her Montavilla neighborhood. 

Ambitious new goals will keep building energy use steady for next 20 years

Lloyd EcoDistrict releases Energy Action Plan | BPS E-News May 2014

Lloyd EcoDistrict Convention CenterWith the release of a new Energy Action Plan, the Lloyd EcoDistrict has established a powerful goal for itself: There will be no net increase in building energy use over the next 20 years.  No net increase despite major new residential and commercial development anticipated in the Lloyd District, like the high performance Hassalo on Eighth project (currently under construction), which will bring 657 new apartment units and 60,000 square feet of new commercial space to the neighborhood.

To implement the plan, the EcoDistrict will rely upon a combination of high performance new construction, existing building energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.  The Lloyd EcoDistrict will also continue to work with building management teams to assist with building energy monitoring and bulk purchasing opportunities.

In all, the Energy Action Plan identifies 15 specific projects that the EcoDistrict will undertake to accomplish its energy goals.   These projects and additional plan details can be found in the full report.  With the Energy Action Plan in place, the Lloyd EcoDistrict continues to make progress toward its goal of accelerating sustainable performance district-wide.

The Lloyd EcoDistrict Energy Action Plan was funded by PDC and drafted by Puttman Infrastructure with commercial property managers, building owners and BPS.  The plan details strategies to collectively achieve goals set in the City of Portland / Multnomah County Climate Action Plan.


Thousands of Portlanders will benefit from Powell-Division transit improvements

Get involved in the planning process to influence improvements to this busy corridor | BPS E-News May 2014

Every day thousands of people ride TriMet bus lines 4 and 9 along the Division and Powell corridors between Portland and Gresham. To improve riders’ daily trip experience, the Powell-Division Transit and Development project will plan for a new high capacity transit line that connects Portland’s Central City and the Gresham Regional Center along the Powell-Division corridor. The project team, led by Metro, includes the cities of Portland and Gresham, TriMet, Multnomah County and Oregon Department of Transportation.

division street scene

High capacity transit service is faster than traditional bus service, and can be bus rapid transit, light rail or rapid streetcar. The planning phase runs through spring 2015. Elected officials will consider the recommended route and mode choice after the public, project team and steering committee identify and analyze transit options. In fall 2014, Portland and Gresham staff will work with residents to develop land-use visions for a small set of potential station areas.

More information about the project process and timeline is available on the Metro and City of Portland websites.  

Describe what better transit means to you

Take a survey to share what better transit means to you. The survey will close on July 30, 2014.

Learn more about the project at informal information sessions

Drop in at an informal session to talk with project staff at the Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement, 2536 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236 on:

  • Tuesday, May 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Attend a steering committee meeting or open house

Monday, June 23
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; open house, 6 p.m.– 7 p.m.
East Hill Church, Office Complex Room
701 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

Monday, September 29
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; open house, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

St Philip Neri, Carvlin Hall
2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97214


Coming soon: More certainty around short-term rental regulations

RICAP 6 Code Amendments head to City Council for June 4 hearing | BPS E-News May 2014

On April 22, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to recommend the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) amendments, including proposed new regulations for short-term rentals. Next step: City Council will hold a public hearing on June 4 at City Hall to consider the RICAP 6 Recommended Draft.

The code amendment package addresses 45 items, from radio frequency (cell tower) regulations, public art and window requirements to regulating temporary activities such as onsite filming. The amendments range from minor policy matters to technical corrections to the Zoning Code. A few of the items were evaluated by staff and deemed not to need any changes. 

At the April public hearing, the PSC divided the meeting into two parts: 1) Taking public testimony on and voting unanimously in favor of the bulk of the RICAP 6 items, and 2) Using the remainder of the evening to hear testimony on the proposed short-term rental regulations. Community members expressed both concern and support for the proposed changes that would allow residents to rent one or two bedrooms in their single-family house or duplex unit to overnight guests with an administrative permit.  Renting more than three bedrooms would continue to require a conditional use review.

Several Airbnb operators provided testimony describing some of the guests they had hosted, including the parents of a bride who lived down the street, relatives of patients at nearby Providence Hospital and those who returned for multiple visits because they liked the authentic feel of being in a Portland neighborhood. But others commented on impacts, such as noise and traffic generated by guests waking them up early in the morning or late at night. Some expressed opposition to new regulations that would require residential inspections for safety features like interconnected smoke detectors, while others favored additional regulations such as requiring an onsite host.

The commission considered a number of issues but made only one minor refinement to how a household is defined before voting 8 to 1 to move the short-term rentals as part of the RICAP 6 package forward to City Council in their Recommended Draft, in anticipation of the City Council Hearing. 

The City Council hearing will be held on June 4 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. Testimony may be given in person and/or writing.

Learn how to testify at City Council hearings. 

View the Recommended Draft.  

Visit the RICAP home page for more information on the regulatory improvement program.

PSC News: May 13, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Climate Smart Communities — briefing; PDX Community Advisory Committee — briefing


  • Climate Smart Communities briefing
  • PDX Community Advisory Committee briefing

Meeting files

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An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at