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20th Annual BEST Awards Tickets on sale now

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Join Mayor Sam Adams, Director Susan Anderson and the region’s most sustainable businesses in celebrating 20 years of the Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards!

The BEST Awards recognize companies that exemplify ambitious and creative solutions for sustainability while promoting social, economic and environmental equity for the Portland area.

In the first of a series on Sustainable Business Oregon’s blog, program manager Megan Stein talks about how this year’s BEST Awards applicants exemplify the people component of the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit). Watch SBO’s blog in the coming weeks for more details about this year’s applicants, or view the full applicant list here.

Event details

  • April 25, 2012, doors open at 4 p.m. and program begins at 4:30 p.m.

  • Event is open seating, so arrive early to save your seat.

  • At the Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St., Portland, Oregon 97204.


Nik Blosser of Celilo Group Media, Aneshka Dickson of Colas Construction and Renee Spears of Rose City Mortgage will present 20 years of sustainable business in Portland. Remember where we started and be inspired by how far we've come. Envision where we will go!
Mayor Adams will unveil the winners of the 2012 BEST Awards. A champagne toast and lively networking reception will follow, including complimentary appetizers and cash bar.
This event is open to the public. Tickets $25, includes a complimentary mobile Chinook Book for use on your Android or iPhone. Save $5 by entering discount code BPS at checkout. Buy tickets at

For more information

Call: 503-823-7037

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 (TDD 503-823-6868) with such requests or visit
The BEST Awards are presented by Sustainability at Work, a program of the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Metro, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, New Seasons Market and Chinook Book.



Comprehensive Plan Update emerges with the Portland Plan

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

As the Portland Plan nears adoption by City Council, BPS is shifting focus to implementation, including the Comprehensive Plan Update. Updating the Comprehensive Plan is one of ways the City will achieve the goals of a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland. Mandated by the state, the Comprehensive Plan is the key long-range plan that helps us prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

Portland has experienced sustained population growth and development since the mid-1980s. This trend is expected to continue with a forecasted 132,000 new households and 147,000 new jobs by 2035. The Comprehensive Plan is about physical development, policy and plans, and it builds on the people-based goals and objectives expressed in the Portland Plan.

As one of the implementing tools for the Portland Plan, the Comprehensive Plan is framed in broad terms and provides future direction for the city through: 1) a set of maps, 2) goals and policies, and 3) a list of capital projects. Detailed implementation measures, such as zoning or project design for specific locations, will be resolved through the implementation phase of the planning process.

Policy Expert Groups

Work on the Comprehensive Plan Update will be guided by eight Policy Expert Groups (PWG) comprised of City staff, partner agencies and community members, who will focus their work around the following topic areas:

  1. Community Involvement (This Policy Work Group will consist of members of the Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC)).

  2. Education & Youth Success

  3. Economic Development

  4. Residential Development & Compatibility

  5. Neighborhood Centers

  6. Infrastructure Equity

  7. Networks

  8. Watershed Health & the Environment

The City is now recruiting community members to serve on the PEGs. Members of the public who have a depth of understanding of a topic area and can make a significant time commitment to the PEG for the next 18 months are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Monday, April 16, 2012. For more information about the Policy Expert Groups and to apply, please visit:

Economic Opportunities Analysis

The Comprehensive Plan Update is built on a foundation of background research and factual information. Staff have summarized their findings in background reports covering topics such as housing, natural resource inventories, infrastructure conditions and capacity and public schools. One of the state-required background reports is the Economic Opportunities Analysis or EOA, which is a study of the 20-year supply and demand for employment land within the city limits. It consists of four sections:


  1. Trends, Opportunities & Market Factors

  2. Long Range Employment Forecast (Demand)

  3. Buildable Land Inventory (Supply)

  4. Policy Alternatives

Key Findings

BPS contracted with E.D. Hovee & Company, LLC, to conduct the analysis. Their key findings include:


  • National employment trends indicate a shift from manufacturing to service sectors, with health, education and professional/business services being the leading growth sectors.

  • This past decade has been a period of relatively slow job growth not only for Portland but for the Metro region and nationally, but Portland’s job growth over the last business cycle has even lagged the region’s slow pace.

  • Industrial employment has been dropping at the same time the city is experiencing increases in industrial land development, cargo volumes and added value of manufacturing products.

  • The Buildable Land Inventory identifies a supply of 3,100 acres of vacant and underutilized employment land, but it may not be the right type or in the right location to meet projected demand.

  • Comparing the employment forecast to the buildable land inventory indicates a need for additional development capacity in our industrial areas and institutional campuses, as well as addressing market issues in the Central City, Gateway and our town centers to better utilize the existing zoned capacity.


Staff will be using the findings in the EOA to guide economic development policy changes in the Comprehensive Plan Update. The discussion draft of the EOA will be published on April 2, 2012 and will be available on the BPS website. The document will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on May 8.


From BPS Director Susan Anderson: Celebrate the Portland Plan!

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Please join me on April 18, 6 p.m. at City Hall to celebrate the Portland Plan.  

The Portland Plan is truly the city's new roadmap to 2035—created by 20 public agency partners over 2+ years with more than 50 public meetings and 20,000 comments from residents, businesses, neighborhoods and non-profits.

For decades, Portlanders have understood the connections among land use, transportation, housing, business, green spaces and people. The results are a prosperous central city and attractive, livable neighborhoods, instead of sprawl.  

The Portland Plan builds on this success, but also recognizes new, major actions are needed to create a place where all people are healthy, educated and well-trained for 21st century jobs in a city that is prosperous with affordable housing and transportation, accessible parks and greenspace and a clean environment.  

The Portland Plan features integrated strategies to ensure that Portland is prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable.  The Plan includes long term policies, short term actions and measurable goals.  The final draft plan is available at and will be presented to City Council for consideration/adoption next month.

So what can you do?

  • Go to My Portland Plan at for ideas on what you can do at home, at work or on the road to help Portland reach its goals.

  • Take a look at the Portland Plan video.

  • Review the final draft plan and join the crowd at City Hall on April 18 to discuss the Portland Plan with City Council.

Finally, thank you to every one of the 20,000+ people who took the time to study the issues, review early plan drafts, and share ideas, comments and solutions.  

Your participation and engagement makes a difference!

All the best,



Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Solarize Northeast deadline nears

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Do you live in Northeast Portland and are you thinking about adding a solar electric system to your home? Now is your chance! Northeast Coalition of Neighbors is running its second Solarize NE group purchase campaign.

Workshops are going on now and registration is open until May 15.  This effort is designed to simplify the process of residential solar installation and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing to local area neighbors.

Free workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as: deciding on system size, explaining the costs, providing financing opportunities, and explaining net metering through the utility. Sign up today, or attend a local workshop to learn how to get started.


Three free workshops

  • Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. - 7:30p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue

  • Saturday April 14,  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta Street

  • Thursday April 19,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue