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Presentation to Planning Commission on April 13, 2010
A City Hall Garden celebration/info fair and climate discussion with Anna Lappé BPS E-news Issue 5
According to author Anna Lappé, "If we are serious about addressing climate change we have to talk about food."
Lappé will lead that conversation in Portland on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Portland Building when she participates in a panel discussion, Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate. This free event will also include other area experts discussing how food affects our personal and environmental health and the simple steps we all can take to make a difference.
The panel will follow a celebration of Portland City Hall's Better Together Garden's second year and a food gardening information fair. OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, The Portland Tree Project and the City of Portland Community Garden program will be present to answer questions in the garden at 1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Portland.
Lappé's recently released book, Diet for a Hot Planet, The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, states that our food system is likely responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, Johns Hopkins University reports that of four thousand articles on climate change published in sixteen leading U.S. newspapers, only 1 percent had a "substantial focus" on food and agriculture.
Just as Diet for a Small Planet, written by Anna's mother, Francis Moore Lappé, revolutionized our food consciousness in 1972, Diet for a Hot Planet will change the way we look at today's most pressing issue. Anna Lappé provides a clear account of our current condition and a road map of seven principles for a climate-friendly diet that can heal the planet.
Sunday April 18, 2010
1 p.m. Rededication of the City Hall Better Together Garden
Portland City Hall (1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue)
See the spring plantings and get vegetable gardening advice from OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, The Portland Fruit Tree Project, and the City of Portland Community Gardens program.
2 p.m. Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate
Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Avenue)
Anna Lappé, television host and author of Diet for a Hot Planet
Scott Givot, President, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth
Allison Hensey, Oregon Environmental Council
Kunmar Venkat, President, CleanMetrics
Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs, City of Portland
For more details, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/food or call Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225.
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 with such requests. City TTY: 503-823-6868. Oregon Relay System: 711.
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This new, free online resource helps both newcomers to green building techniques and savvy project managers to implement a green tenant improvement project in their workplace, from start to finish.
Creating a High Performance Workplace: Portland’s Green Tenant Improvement Guide is packed with practical measures for designing and constructing a workspace that conserves natural resources, saves money and is healthier for employees than conventional buildings. Project managers can choose which measures make sense for their project, so it can be individualized to fit any size or type of tenant improvement.
Creating a High Performance Workplace is an update of our popular G/Rated Tenant Improvement Guide. The new guide has been simplified for easier use and emphasizes measures that are typically controlled by building tenants rather than building owners or managers.
Creating a High Performance Workplace will show you how greening your tenant improvement efforts can result in lower operating costs, improved worker health and productivity, and better utilization of space. Better yet, building green creates a positive reputation for your company by demonstrating your commitment to creating a more sustainable future.
Download it now at www.portlandonline.com/bps/tiguide.
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The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has led the public process to clarify Portland’s Zoning Code as it applies to schools and recreational fields. In response to community concerns about public schools , BPS has been working with community members to address issues around schools in their neighborhoods. The project has focused on four topic areas: 1) enrollment fluctuations; 2) change of grade level; 3) recreational field uses; and 4) conditional use status for vacant school property.
The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on April 22, 2010, at 3 p.m. to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendations regarding proposed code amendments for schools and recreational fields. Review the Recommended Draft for the Schools and Parks Conditional Use Code Refinement Project at www.portlandonline.com/bps/schools-parks.
At the outset of this project, staff identified the following desired goals:
• Improved communication and coordination between the permitting agencies, school districts, and Portland Parks and Recreation to more efficiently manage schools and parks facilities.
• More public input on changes that have impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.
• Fair, open public discussion of the balance and trade-offs that must be met to reach workable solutions (within the constraints of the limited scope and funding for this project).
• Zoning code regulations that are clear, easy to follow and set reasonable expectations for all community stakeholders.
The Planning Commission’s recommendations include amendment to Title 33 (Zoning Code) and Title 20 (Parks and Recreation) :
The recommendations for code amendments for schools would:
• allow fluctuations in enrollment and staffing without conditional use review unless other thresholds, such as additional building area, are triggered;
• clearly define when changes in grade levels would require a conditional use review and regulate three grade levels (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12); and
• extend the length of time that school buildings may remain vacant and then reopened without conditional use review.
The recommendations for recreational fields include proposals for new ways to regulate recreational fields that better serve the community. Proposed amendments to the Zoning Code would clarify that parks, schools, and school sites are treated the same when new construction or modification of fields are under consideration. These changes would also address current code language that is confusing and in some situations difficult to implement.
Want more details? Read the report, Recommended Draft for the Schools and Parks Conditional Use Code Refinement Project (includes detail on code changes and commentary) at www.portlandonline.com/bps/schools-parks.
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Homeowners have long faced tough decisions about spending limited home improvement budgets on home insulation, in lieu of a kitchen upgrade or a roof repair. Clean Energy Works Portland helps homeowners create energy efficient homes with no upfront costs. This unique pilot program is designed to help homeowners improve the value of their homes in a real estate market that values green upgrades, with no initial cash outlay. The cost of the energy-efficient improvements will be financed through a low-cost, long-term loan that the homeowner can repay over 20 years on their utility bill.
Be one of the first 500 Portlanders to take part in the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot. The pilot is helping qualified Portland homeowners finance and install high-impact energy saving improvements, such as new insulation or the installation of a high efficiency furnace or water heater. Homeowners are paired with a certified Building Performance Institute contractor and receive one-on-one guidance from an Energy Advocate. This team will assess and prioritize the home’s energy-saving opportunities, and help the homeowner decide which improvements to make. The contractor will then install the energy-saving upgrades to the home.
Thanks to federal stimulus funding, homeowners will pay no upfront costs. To date, participants have financed between $4,000 and $20,000 worth of energy upgrades to their home. The average loan amount is $11,000.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Go to www.cleanenergyworksportland.org now to learn more and apply. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to apply soon!
Brought to you by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon and other organizations.