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From BPS Director Susan Anderson: What a great year!

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

What a great year!

Thank you to the neighborhoods, businesses, community and environmental groups, government agencies, residents and families that have been our partners in success.  We’re proud of the extensive community engagement and progress that was made on reaching major goals in 2011.

Our teams have been busy throughout the city:

The draft Portland Plan, our city’s strategic roadmap for the next 25 years, was released in the fall for review by the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).  The PSC held three public hearings and provided direction to BPS for development of the version of the plan to be presented to City Council this spring.

Include the Food!, our residential curbside food scrap composting effort, was rolled out in October.  It is a major step to help Portland achieve the city’s goal to recycle 75 percent of all our waste.  Now Portland residents can include all food scraps (even meat, bones, paper towels and pizza delivery boxes) in their green Portland Composts! roll cart. This will help keep more than 30,000 tons of compostable waste from going to the landfill every year!  Early indications show the service is resulting in huge amounts of food scraps collected and being turned into high quality compost.  More complete data and an evaluation will be available this summer.

The Cully neighborhood has been energized by the work of the Cully-Concordia Community Action Plan.  This effort is focused on finding ways to increase neighborhood-serving retail and services with a focus on improving community well-being, especially for families with children.

Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) pays the up-front costs of making homes more energy efficient and allows homeowners to repay the costs over time on their electric or natural gas bills.  CEWO is a non-profit started with funds predominantly received by BPS from the US Department of Energy.  More than 1,000 homes have been serviced to date.  In addition to saving money for residents and improving their homes, CEWO creates quality local jobs.  During the first phase of the program, nearly 400 people got a paycheck and made an average wage of $25/hour.  CEWO still has funds available to loan.  See if your home is eligible for improvements!

North and Northeast Portland will soon be able to review a draft concept plan for future urban design, land use and local transportation and parks in their central city neighborhoods.  The N/NE Quadrant project is the first area of focus for the Central City 2035 plan.  An open house in February will provide residents and businesses an opportunity to review the concepts.

Solarize Portland helps residents purchase solar systems as a group with their neighbors.  This bulk purchase arrangement reduces the per unit system cost significantly.  We are now on the fifth round of Solarize Portland.  This effort is led by neighborhood organizations with technical assistance from BPS.  The results are amazing — with hundreds and hundreds of systems installed this year.

Looking forward to a collaborative 2012.

All the best,

Susan Anderson sig


Susan Anderson
Director
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

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BPS News: New Solarize project will help northeast Portland homeowners go solar through volume purchasing

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Solar Oregon, Umpqua Bank and Energy Trust of Oregon collaborate to launch Solarize Northeast

BPS NEWS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
24 January 2012

CONTACT

Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007
christine.llobregat@portlandoregon.gov

 

New Solarize project will help northeast Portland homeowners go solar through volume purchasing

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Solar Oregon, Umpqua Bank and Energy Trust of Oregon collaborate to launch Solarize Northeast

Ever thought about installing solar energy on your home, but didn’t know where to start?  Portland homeowners in NE Portland looking to control their energy costs by using solar electricity have a helping hand to guide them through the steps of a home installation. Solarize Northeast, a community-driven project of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), is launching its second solar electric installation campaign this month that runs through May 15.

“With this second round, NECN aims to demystify solar energy for our residents and provide a simple and affordable solution for homeowners to install solar panels on their homes,” explains Paige Coleman, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods’ executive director. “We are pleased to be working with our partners to provide the latest information, technology and incentives to our residents.”

Registration for the program is open now through May 15. With the support of Mr. Sun Solar, Solarize Northeast is offering an Early Bird Discount for people who sign contracts before February 29.

Free workshops makes going solar easy and affordable

Solarize Portland neighborhood projects are designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing. Free informative workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started. Come to the next workshop and meet the people who can help you determine the next steps.

View the schedule of free workshops in Northeast Portland: http://solarize.necoalition.org/workshops

Solarize Northeast is a project involving project partners, volunteers, board members and staff of NECN. Project Manager Gene Lee organized a volunteer committee that vetted contractor proposals and made recommendations to the NECN Board. The NECN Board unanimously approved the selection of Mr. Sun Solar, a local Northeast contractor. Portland-area contractor Mr. Sun Solar has been an industry pioneer Portland area contractor installing solar for over thirty years.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the nonprofit organizations Solar Oregon and Energy Trust of Oregon are working together to support other campaigns around the city and the State of Oregon, and can help any Portland neighborhood associations or groups interested in operating Solarize projects. The City of Portland provides strategic assistance and coordination; Solar Oregon provides database and workshop delivery services, and Energy Trust provides cash incentives to help lower the upfront cost of the solar electric systems.

“I know it’s hard to imagine now in the depth of winter, but summer sunshine is just around the corner, and solar is a viable option for many homeowners in Portland to realize long-term energy savings,” says Susan Anderson, director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Now’s the time for northeast Portland neighbors to again take advantage of the guidance and incentives offered by Solarize NE.” 

Umpqua Bank is providing financing through their Green Street loan program and offering assistance to the campaign with outreach services and hosting workshops in the Bank’s Alberta Street store.

“Solarize is a smart way to engage our community,” says Robert W. Cross, store manager, Umpqua Bank Alberta and President Elect of Solar Oregon. “It makes good economic sense for homeowners to pursue solar energy with the abundance of resources out there.”

Portlanders are sweet on solar energy

With over 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power installed across the city (enough energy to power almost 800 homes) — Portlanders have helped prevent 4,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. The growth of the local residential market has experienced a 400 percent increase in the rate of installations from 2008 to 2012.

For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize

About Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Inc.

Founded in 1975, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Inc (NECN), an independent 501c3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the livability of our inner North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods, fosters local leadership, strong issue advocacy and community initiatives by its residents, businesses and neighborhood associations. It serves as one of the seven district coalitions supporting the Portland Neighborhood System. solarize.necoalition.org, Contact: Paige Coleman, executive director, paige@necoalition.org 503-823-3151

About Solar Oregon

Founded in 1979, Solar Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Supported by its member organizations and individuals, Solar Oregon provides outreach and education on solar technology and its applications, methods for improving energy efficiency, and ideas for building a carbon-neutral future.  www.solaroregon.org

About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $800 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.  

About Umpqua Bank

Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:UMPQ) with locations between San Francisco and Seattle, along the Oregon and Northern California Coast, and in Central Oregon and Northern Nevada.  Umpqua Bank’s GreenStreet Lending affords finance options for homeowners and small businesses to complete energy-efficient and renewable project upgrades.

 

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

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. For more information, go to www.portlandonline.com/bps.

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BPS Media Advisory: Grants for Youth Projects Now Available

BPS

MEDIA ADVISORY 

CONTACT

Pam Phan
503-823-9912 (work)
503-705-8099 (cell)
pam.phan@portlandoregon.gov

 

Grants for Youth Projects Now Available
Youth 21 and under eligible for up to $1,000 for projects that improve Portland


Portland, ORE. - Portland's youth now have a chance to fund their great ideas. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Portland’s Youth Planning Program, Portland Community College (PCC) Students4Giving, PCC Foundation, the Multnomah Youth Commission, Global Citizen Corps of Mercy Corps, and the Office of Mayor Sam Adams, outstanding youth proposals will be awarded a total of $10,000 for projects that help improve Portland for youth.
 
What: Youth Action Grants Available NOW
 
When: Application Deadline - February 9, 2012
 
Where:  www.portlandonline.com/bps/youth
 
Who: Any youth (21 and under) who live, go to school, work or play in Portland and would like to apply for up to $1,000 to improve Portland!

The Youth Action Grants support new and creative youth-initiated and youth-led projects, particularly those that engage large numbers of youth, broaden youth skills and involve new youth leadership. Grants will be awarded to projects that prioritize a specific article of Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth in order to help make the bill come alive for the youth of Portland. 
 
The strongest proposals for projects will be awarded funding in March, and the projects will be conducted in spring 2012. 
 
One of last year’s grant recipients, Oregon DREAMers, held a community banquet that screened “Papers,” a documentary that highlights stories of undocumented youth and raises awareness about tuition equity. The DREAM Act would give undocumented youth a path toward citizenship through college or military service.  The banquet was attended by over 60 people, which included an engaging panel discussion for all.  The banquet allowed the DREAMers to educate Portland about this important disparity among youth today, while building their own community service and event organizing skills.
 
Erika Molina, youth organizer with Oregon DREAMers, said, “We really wanted to provide a space for the community to come and learn about issues affecting our community and how to get involved. This project [and the action grant gave] us an opportunity to connect our work with Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth.”
 
For a look at last year's winners, see a video of last year's award ceremony with Mayor Sam Adams.
 
Support youth voice in Portland. Apply now to help improve Portland today!
 
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.

BPS News: City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty series returns with classes on growing, preparing and preserving food

From cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation, Urban Growth Bounty provides all the tools you need to do it yourself.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2012
CALENDAR ADVISORY     

 

CONTACT
Steve Cohen
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-4225
steve.cohen@portlandoregon.gov
 
Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007
christine.llobregat@portlandoregon.gov

 


City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty series returns with classes on growing, preparing and preserving food

From cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation, Urban Growth Bounty provides all the tools you need to do it yourself.


Since its kickoff in 2009, thousands of Portlanders have been able to explore the world of urban homesteading (and to meet others who share their interest) through the Urban Growth Bounty classes. Now entering its fourth year, the 2012 series includes courses on beekeeping, urban livestock, cheesemaking, food preservation, and multiple types of gardening. On-line registration is available at www.portlandonline.com/bps/ugb.

"The Urban Growth Bounty classes are a great value and a wonderful way to kickstart your 2012 food growing season," says Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "There's always more to learn about how to grow, preserve and eat sustainably on a budget."

Presented by the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2012 brings back an exciting lineup of expert instructors and an array of classes for all skill levels. Courses will take place from February to July at locations across the city.
 
A brand new class, Introduction to Food Preservation, Jams, and Jellies debuts in May. Returning also are the most popular classes from the past two years, Cheesemaking with Claudia Lucero and Edible Landscaping with Jen Aron.

For detailed Urban Growth Bounty 2012 descriptions and registration information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/ugb or e-mail food@portlandoregon.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, 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

N/NE Quadrant Open House

Review the proposed concept for land use, local transportation, open space and green systems and potential improvements to the I-5 Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange.

More open house informationAre you interested in issues affecting the Lower Albina, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District areas of the Central City? How about the I-5 freeway and how it impacts the area around the Broadway/Weidler interchange? Please join us at an open house for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans.

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House

Thursday, February 2, 2012

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Lloyd Center Mall

West end (near Nordstrom)

See the calendar for more info.

After extensive public input, the project team and Stakeholder Advisory Committee have developed a draft proposed concept for future land use, urban design and local transportation in the area, as well as options for proposed improvements to the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange. At the February 2nd open house, these concepts will be on display and City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions, receive public feedback and discuss the project.

Learn more about and comment on:

  • Future direction for land use and urban form

  • Street design and connectivity

  • New parks and open space

  • Ways to incorporate green infrastructure

  • Safety and operational improvements for the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange

This is a great opportunity to weigh in on the draft proposals and let the Stakeholder Committee know what you think. We hope you join us!

Other opportunities to get involved

Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and offer a public comment period. Upcoming meetings include (see project calendar for details):

 

  • January 19, 2012 This meeting will focus on the freeway component of the project. Staff will present a proposed hybrid freeway improvement concept and discuss outstanding issues to be resolved.
  • February 16, 2012: This meeting will address both the quadrant plan and freeway components of the project. Staff will report on public input received at the February 2nd open house and seek Stakeholder Advisory Committee approval of the proposed concepts for the quadrant plan and freeway interchange project. The concept plans will then be used as a basis for developing more detailed proposals in the next phase of work.

 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Beckman (City of Portland) at (503) 823-6042 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.govor Todd Juhasz (ODOT) at (503) 731-4753 or todd.juhasz@odot.state.or.us.