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BPS Calendar Advisory: Home Energy IQ Workshop Schedule for October, November 2011

Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops in Portland

BPS Calendar Advisory

Updated October 27, 2011

Includes address and date corrections in red, below

Home Energy IQ: Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops in Portland

WHAT

Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops brought to you by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Energy Trust of Oregon.


Home Energy IQ educators show you how to:

  • Achieve maximum energy savings and long-term benefits.

  • Identify areas of highest energy use and how energy use changes over time.

  • Offset the cost of qualifying improvements with rebates, tax credits and financing programs, like Clean Energy Works Oregon.

Pre-register for a workshop and receive:

An Energy Saver Kit for qualifying customers, which includes compact fluorescent light bulbs, a high-performance showerhead, faucet aerators and energy-saving tips.

Pre-register at www.energytrust.org/events or call 1-866-368-7878.

WHEN and WHERE

Wednesday, October 12  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rebuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi Avenue

Tuesday, October 25  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sumner Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Boulevard

CANCELLED! Saturday, October 29  |  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Warehouse / Portland Green Parenting, 3434 SE Milwaukie

Thursday, November 3  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Avenue

Tuesday, November 15  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Umpqua Bank, 3606 SW Bond Avenue

Thursday, November 17  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sylvan Fire Station #16, 1715 SW Skyline Boulevard

 

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. www.portlandonline.com/bps

BPS 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.

Draft Concepts for West Hayden Island ready for public review

Public invited to view concept plan alternatives that accommodate marine terminal development and open space during October open houses and office hours

In July 2010, the Portland City Council passed a resolution directing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a concept plan and legislative proposal for West Hayden Island that would accommodate at least 500 acres of open space and no more than 300 acres for future deep water marine terminal development. Since then, staff and consultant teams have been conducting research, engaging the public and working with the project’s WHI Advisory Committee to prepare a Concept Plan and a proposal for City Council consideration by the spring of 2012. Neither the city nor the Port intend to use this concept plan as a blueprint for immediate development; rather, it will assist the City in understanding future options, to inform the creation of zoning and code language to guide future potential development.

On Friday, September 23, project consultants WorleyParsons shared the initial concept plan drafts with the Advisory Committee. The concept plan alternatives (A and B) include two different layouts for 1) terminal and rail options and 2) environmental/recreation options. The Advisory Committee will meet again on October 21 to discuss the draft plans in more detail, consider public input and provide staff and the consultants direction.

The draft concept plan alternatives are now available for public review and comment. These draft concepts and more detailed maps on specific topics such as transportation, terminal operations, recreation and habitat restoration will be available for the public to review in October at two open houses and during additional “office hours” to accommodate as many people as possible. Public comment will be taken through November 7 at the following events:

Open Houses

Wednesday, October 12

5 - 8 p.m.; presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Expo Center (Hall D, Rms D202-4)

http://www.expocenter.org/index.htm. Free parking

Saturday, October 15

9 a.m. – 12 noon; presentation at 10 a.m.

Hayden Island Oxford Suites Hotel

http://www.oxfordsuitesportland.com/location.php.

Office Hours

October 18, 20, 25 and 27

7 – 9 a.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. each day

Oxford Suites on Hayden Island

Meet BPS staff and informally discuss the concept plans and provide comments

Directions: http://www.oxfordsuitesportland.com/location.php

These events will offer Portlanders a chance to see the draft concept plans, ask questions and give feedback. Please see the calendar for more details about these and other opportunities to provide input on the draft concept plans.

West Hayden Island Draft Concept Plans available on Monday, September 26

Ever wonder what a concept plan is? Soon you'll be able to find out. The draft concepts for West Hayden Island will be available for public review on Monday, September 26. Please check back on this website then.

But while you're waiting, check this definition out.

Concept Plan Definition: A concept plan is not a complete land use plan or design. It is simply a very general representation of the elements that planners and stakeholders would like to see incorporated into a project plan. When the time comes to adopt zoning and other land use regulations, it provides planners and the community an idea of what they should be zoning/planning for, i.e., a rail loop, open space.

BPS News: Solar Now! University team travels to Roseburg to share best practices with local governments in rural Oregon

Educators from Solar Now! offer tools for inspiring community-level energy independence

BPS NEWS

19 September 2011

Contact:
Christine Llobregat
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007

Eric Swanson
City of Roseburg
541-492-6866

 

Solar Now! University team travels to Roseburg to share best practices with local governments in rural Oregon

Educators from Solar Now! offer tools for inspiring community-level energy independence

Portland, Ore — Solar Now! University is heading to Roseburg, Oregon with the goal of growing local clean energy programs. Solar Now! University is an annual train-the-trainer conference intended to educate local governments, non-profits and solar advocates about solar energy in Oregon. Solar Now! University was created by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy.

Offered from September 22 to 24, 2011 at the Public Safety Center in Roseburg, the second annual Solar Now! University brings together motivated communities from rural Oregon to take part in a statewide educational and outreach effort to increase awareness and demand for rooftop solar energy.
 
Attendees will receive guidance about how to develop local solar energy programs. Educational sessions address the following topics: Basics of Going Solar, Financing Solar on Schools and Public Facilities, Navigating Incentives and Tax Credits, Solar Permitting Resources, Site Evaluation and Tools and the USDA’s Renewable Energy for America Program Grants (REAP).

 “The City of Portland is excited to provide technical assistance to small Oregon communities that are working to grow local clean energy markets. Beyond promoting renewable energy, these efforts can contribute to the creation of local green jobs in areas with high unemployment,” said Susan Anderson, director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Having the support of the United States Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities program has made all the difference to ensure our program’s success.”


Solar Now! was created to help citizen volunteers, organizational leaders, municipalities and solar champions establish local solar outreach programs. With the right resources, training and support, community and municipal leaders can create their own community solar initiatives. Current financial incentives for homeowners remain some of the best in that nation.


“On behalf of the City of Roseburg, we are pleased to host the Solar Now University Conference.  This conference affords us the opportunities to not only learn about available funding for solar energy but also how to promote this clean, renewable energy source in our community. We are proud of the many citizens and organizations in our town that are now using this innovative technology. The City of Roseburg is also dedicated to pursuing funding for a solar project for our Public Safety Center.  Roseburg is a city committed to the future. When it comes to solar energy, the future is now,” said Larry Rich, Mayor of Roseburg.

For more information about Solar Now! University 2011, visit:
www.solarnoworegon.org/university

The City of Portland launched its first solar program in 2006 with the help of an award from the United States Department of Energy's Solar America Communities program. This grant award allowed the City to work with regional and national partners to accelerate the installation of solar energy systems in Portland.


Sponsors of Solar Now! University: United States Department of Energy, City of Roseburg, United Community Action Network, Supply Solutions and Umpqua Bank.

About Solar America Cities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has designated 25 major U.S. cities as Solar America Cities committed to accelerating the adoption of solar energy technologies. Best practices and lessons learned from the Solar America Cities are shared across the United States to help other communities replicate successes.  Visit Solar America Communities online at http://solaramericacommunities.energy.gov/

 

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, provide a forum for community engagement and education and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. 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, food and solar technologies. www.portlandonline.com/bps
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