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BPS News: Motivate change in your community — become a Master Recycler

Apply now for the upcoming spring course, taking place in Clackamas County

Master Recycler tour at recycling facility

Master Recyclers are a volunteer corps who motivate neighbors and coworkers to take action on sustainable consumption, toxics reduction, composting and recycling. Join over 1450 Master Recyclers from Canby to East Portland, Gresham to Sandy and everywhere in between.

Learn from the Experts

Join 30 fellow recycling enthusiasts in an eight-week course, learning from innovative leaders about topics such as:

  • Sustainable consumption.
  • Fixing and reusing items.
  • The sharing community.
  • Toxics reduction.
  • Green building.
  • Recycling and compost processing.
  • The global markets in which recyclables are bought and sold.

During the course you will also tour recycling centers, compost facilities and hazardous and municipal waste sites, to see firsthand how these systems work.

  • WHAT: Clackamas County 8-week spring course and 30-hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. starting on March 30, and two Saturdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 9 and May 7.
  • WHERE: Hosted by Clackamas County, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.
  • COST: $50.00 - Partial and full scholarships are available.
  • Application deadline is March 1st at noon.

Learn more or apply by visiting

This program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

BPS News: New How-to-Guide, hands-on workshops help commercial building owners meet energy performance reporting requirements

First compliance deadline for buildings 20,000 square feet and over falls on Earth Day, April 22, 2016

The City of Portland’s Energy Performance Reporting Program for Commercial Buildings launched in January with detailed compliance instructions for owners of commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and over. This new How-to Guide is available for download on the Energy Performance website along with other compliance tools. 

Hands-on workshops are scheduled from February 24 to April 7 to help building managers meet the first compliance deadline on Earth Day, April 22, 2016. These workshops provide expert assistance to navigate the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and retrieve building energy consumption data from NW Natural, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric. Find workshop dates and links to register

BPS also established an Energy Reporting Helpdesk to answer any questions regarding the new Energy Reporting requirements. Contact the Helpdesk at 503-823-7070 or

BPS News: State and federal incentives sweeten the deal for residential rooftop solar

Homeowners can offset up to 80 percent of the initial investment in solar

More than 8,000 homeowners across Oregon have installed a solar electric system with cash incentives from Energy Trust. The cost of solar electric equipment has been steadily falling over the last several years. And the federal government recently extended the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which returns 30 percent of the cost to install the solar energy system to the purchaser. With this combination of state incentives and federal tax credits, Portland homeowners can offset up to 80 percent of their initial investment in rooftop solar!

There’s never been a better time to go solar!

Summary report of the Residential Infill Project’s online survey is now available

Over 7,000 people shared how they felt about new residential development in single-dwelling neighborhoods; read the highlights of what people said.

Thanks to everyone who completed the residential infill online survey during the 5-week survey period (Dec. 9, 2015 through Jan. 12, 2016). Survey respondents from throughout the City said housing affordability and neighborhood compatibility were among their top priorities. Other top issues included concerns about demolition of viable homes and preservation of farm and forestland outside the city.  

Check out the Online Survey Summary Report for more information about the survey results. This report includes key findings, survey methodology, demographic information about survey respondents, responses by geographic areas and demographic groups, and the open-ended comments summarized by topic areas. In addition, the full text of open-ended comments are available online, posted in the order they were received.   

Project staff will use the results of the survey to help identify key community values and interests as they develop alternatives for regulating home construction in single-dwelling zones. In addition to the many voices and opinions we heard through the survey, the results also help pinpoint where additional targeted outreach is needed to ensure that those not well-represented in this survey — East Portlanders, communities of color and newer residents — have opportunities to participate in the public review of proposals later this spring.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

BPS News: Portland City Council takes step to increase deconstruction activity in Portland

New deconstruction requirement will protect public health and save valuable materials for reuse.

Media Contact: Christine Llobregat, 503-823-7007
Feb. 17, 2016

Portland, ORE – Today, Portland City Council approved a resolution that directs the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop code language that requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built before 1916 or is a designated historic resource.

“Today Portland became the first city in the country to ensure that the act of taking down the homes of our past has the least amount of impact on the environment and the surrounding neighbors,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Keeping valuable materials out of the landfill reduces carbon emissions and gives people affordable options for fixing up their homes.”

In Portland, more than 300 single-family homes are demolished each year. This produces thousands of tons of waste — a majority of which could be salvaged for reuse. Deconstruction is a way to remove structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials. Currently, less than 10 percent of houses that are removed use deconstruction.

After the code changes take effect on October 31, 2016, approximately 33 percent of single-family demolitions would be subject to the deconstruction requirement. Increased deconstruction will:

  • Divert 8 million pounds (4,000 tons) of materials for reuse (annually).
  • Create job opportunities that act as a pathway for construction careers.
  • Increase the likelihood of discovering materials containing lead and asbestos for safe removal and disposal.

For the past several years, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has been working to increase deconstruction activity through outreach, education and grants. Since April 2015, BPS has worked with a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) that includes representatives from the community, development firms, builders, demolition contractors, historic preservation agencies and the salvage industry.

For more information about deconstruction in Portland, visit