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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


Christine Llobregat

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability



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 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.

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.



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

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.

One week left! Don't miss the chance to help shape the future of West Hayden Island

Visit the Virtual Open House

The draft concept plans are still available for review and comment online through the Virtual Open House. Compare and contrast the two alternatives (A and B) for transportation, operations, recreation and open space on the island. Then tell us what you like and don’t like. Your comments and survey responses accepted until Monday, November 7.

View all the materials from the open house and complete a survey

West Hayden Island Open Houses — Recap and Pictures

Public views and discusses concept plan alternatives

open houseOn Wednesday evening, October 12 and Saturday morning, October 15, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted two open houses for the public to learn about the West Hayden Island draft concept plan alternatives. Attendees had an opportunity to speak with staff at a series of “stations,” which featured topics such as rail operations, transportation, natural resources and recreation. Participants also filled out comment cards to indicate what elements of each alternative they liked and didn’t like — and why. Commissioner Amanda Fritz attended both events to talk with the public about the project and hear people’s perspectives on the potential development of a marine terminal on West Hayden Island. 

More pictures from the open houses are now available Flickr.

If you missed the open houses, you can still learn about the draft concept plans and provide feedback during “office hours” on the island and online at our virtual open house.

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays

October 18, 20, 25 and 27

7 – 9 a.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. 

Virtual Open House

View all the materials from the open house and fill out a survey:

Comments are due by November 7, 2011.