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Rethinking Holiday Giving

BPS E-news Issue 9

Many of us are looking for ideas to make our holidays less stressful, less wasteful and more meaningful.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launched the Be Resourceful campaign to inspire Portlanders to “get more of the good stuff” in their lives. By shifting priorities and focusing on more experiences over stuff, we can enjoy healthier lifestyles and more time with friends and family.

The campaign links you to others who have shared their stories and to local resources in four categories: sharing things we need, maintaining the things we have, creative purchasing, and a shift toward experiences over stuff. This is our chance to think differently about how we shop and be creative about the way we give to others. By supporting local businesses and artists, we conserve our natural resources while celebrating the holiday spirit in a unique way.

Looking for ways to shift your thinking and purchasing around holiday giving?

Thoughtful consumption allows us to look at everyday choices and purchases that reflect our values and to consider the upstream costs of goods and services. By making small changes in everyday choices about purchasing goods and services, we can significantly lower our carbon footprint and create more local jobs.


  • Consider giving a gift of experience or a local service.

  • Discover creative, efficient ways to acquire the stuff we need.

  • Buy for value, durability and utility.

  • Spend more time with family and friends.

  • Support Portland’s arts, crafts and restaurant communities.

Get More of the Good Stuff in the Kitchen this Holiday Season

  • Eat Unprocessed Foods - Especially Fruits, Vegetables and Grains: Make sustainable food choices. Take advantage of the delicious food available locally: pears, apples, hazelnuts, and much more.
  • Reduce Wasted Food: Consider your guest list when preparing or ordering food so you’ll have the food people most enjoy in the right quantities.
  • Practice Good Food Preservation Techniques: Fruits and vegetables that you canned yourself make special gifts.
  • Buy Durable and Used Goods for the Kitchen: Reusable cloth napkins and durable plates and silverware make holiday meals special. Ask guests to bring their own containers to take home leftovers.
  • Prepare and Eat Meals Together at Home: Ask friends to help prepare food and then serve it family-style.
  • Grow and Share Your Food: If you have a winter garden, share your bounty with friends and family.
  • Reduce Packaging Related to Food: Control the clutter by bringing tote bags to the store, using durable containers and eating less processed foods.

Do you have holiday stories and ideas?

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Green Gift Guide

The Chinook Book Green Gift Guide offers you a range of ideas and choices for creating meaningful holiday memories. Shop local and for gifts of experience.

CC2035 Symposium Series: Your chance to learn, contribute

BPS E-news Issue 9

Portland’s Central City is home to thriving urban neighborhoods and the core of the regional economy. It is a resource for the metro area with a concentration of jobs, innovative cultural and entertainment destinations, bustling retail districts, urban universities and the Willamette River.

Continued success of the Central City will require our attention and planning. Central City 2035 (CC2035) is such a planning effort. As an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, CC2035 will address new challenges and opportunities to ensure a vibrant and sustainable Central City, now and in the future.

After two successful Housing and Community Development symposiums, Central City 2035 continues the CC2035 Symposium Series through winter, 2011. At these symposiums, you have a chance to learn about and contribute to the future of Portland’s Central City.

CC2035 CalendarThe development of a Concept Plan for the Central City is organized around six integrated themes:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Urban Design
  • Mobility
  • The Willamette River
  • Civic and Cultural Life

At each symposium, a group of experts, experienced professionals and interested community members will discuss one of the six themes. Most themes will be discussed over two separate symposiums: the first will examine existing conditions, constraints and opportunities, while the second will focus on the development of tools for setting direction. City staff will synthesize this information, as well as feedback from intermittent Open Houses and Public Forums, to create policies, goals and actions for CC2035.

For more information, visit

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.

Holiday Reminders from the BPS Solid Waste and Recycling Team

BPS E-news Issue 9

There will be no collection schedule changes for garbage, recycling and yard debris during the 2010 holiday season. Questions? Contact your garbage and recycling company or the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202. Seasonal information is available online at Below are resources for recycling holiday trees.

Tree recycling options

  • Make sure to remove all your special ornaments, lights, tinsel, wire, nails, stands and other materials that are not part of the tree.
  • Trees will not be accepted with garbage and will only be accepted with yard debris.
  • Whole tree: There will be a charge of $4 for trees under eight feet and $6 for taller trees.
  • Tree pieces: Use your green Portland Composts! roll cart and cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and four inches in diameter.
  • Extra bundle or can is $3.00.
  • Donate your tree to a nonprofit organization for a small fee.

Contact Metro Recycling Information for:

  • Reuse and recycling resources for non-curbside materials.
  • Drop-off locations or pickup service for holiday trees.


New Planning and Sustainability Commission defines work, looks forward

BPS E-news Issue 9

In early October, the new Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held their first retreat. The group discussed how the new Commission will work together and their workplan priorities.  They met with various City bureau directors, as well as with Mayor Sam Adams. One key topic of conversation was defining “sustainability” and how the PSC will integrate the components of equity, environmental and human health, and economic factors into their work.

The Commissioners agreed on a shared definition of sustainability and to adhere to two main concepts to guide their work and recommendations: 1) That everything is connected; and 2) That whatever we do today affects tomorrow.

Commissioners also noted the importance of engaging people who think of sustainability as a barrier, emphasizing the need for urgency and the time dimension of “borrowing from the future” and including cultural sustainability (the ability to remain connected to one’s cultural identity, values and beliefs) and creating space in the city that is inclusive of the range of cultures.

The primary functions of the 11-member Commission include ensuring sustainability principles and practices are incorporated into policy, planning and development decisions. The PSC will serve as an advocate for community concerns and robust public involvement.  It will advise City Council and bureaus on social, economic and environmental topics and act as the stewards of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Climate Action Plan.

Looking ahead, the PSC will remain focused on integrating all aspects of sustainability into its recommendations and will advocate for projects from which all Portlanders can benefit.

Making recycling easier for businesses

BPS E-news Issue 9

Did you know Metro area businesses throw away more than 20 tons of paper, bottles and cans every 30 minutes? Any Portland business or not-for-profit organization may collect free resources such as desk-side recycling boxes, break-room recycling boxes, posters and stickers from Recycle at Work Distribution Centers.

Located throughout the City, Distribution Centers are businesses, community centers and non-profit organizations that have partnered with Recycle at Work to make recycling easy. The following organizations have resources available to local businesses who want to do their part by recycling in the workplace. See a map view of the Distribution Centers here.

University Park Community Center

9009 N Foss Ave

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
721 NW 9th Avenue Suite 350

Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue
*Please call first - Janette 503-823-7018 or Chris 503-823-7105

Portland Business Alliance

200 SW Market St., Suite L150

Southwest Community Center & Pool
6820 SW 45th Ave

Allstate Insurance
2100 NE Broadway, Suite 109

Columbia Corridor Association
6015 NE 80th, Suite 125
*Please call first – (503) 287-8686

Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
4415 NE 87th Ave

2915 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
*please call first - 503-294-0769 x1

Southeast Uplift
3534 SE Main Street