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Safety In Portland's Central City

The CC2035 Public Safety Symposium will explore broad safety issues for the next 25 years.

Ever wondered about how the City of Portland protects residents in their daily lives? Or the importance of building codes and the logistics of fire and rescue? What about preparing for natural hazards? One of the most important aspects of planning for the future of the city involves planning for the safety of the city and its residents.

In order to address this, Central City 2035 (CC2035) will be holding a public safety symposium on April 22nd. A group of panelists will discuss public safety issues that are specific to the Central City and ways in which CC2035 could plan for them.

Public safety is a crucial element of livability, vitality and longevity in the Central City. While previous plans have focused primarily on crime prevention and property protection, CC2035 acknowledges the complexity and breadth of current public safety issues that includes building construction, natural disasters and traffic safety. This symposium on April 22nd will explore these multi-faceted issues and the effect they have on all those who live in Portland.

For more information or questions, please contact John Cole at (503)-823-3475 or by email at

This topic is one of many integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

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.


BPS News: Public Place Recycling Starts in Downtown Portland

New downtown recycling containers reduce waste and help citizens make sustainable choices on the go

Jocelyn Boudreaux
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

April 13, 2011


Public place recycling starts in downtown Portland

New downtown recycling containers reduce waste and help citizens make sustainable choices on the go

Portland, Ore. --  Today, the City of Portland unveiled Public Place Recycling, making recycling a simple and easy option for downtown commuters, residents, and visitors. In this first phase of a multi-year project, the City is installing 175 recycling containers on the downtown Portland transit mall. One recycling container will be installed next to each garbage can along Fifth and Sixth Avenues, between Northwest Irving and Southwest Jackson Streets. As part of the Portland Recycles! Plan adopted by City Council in 2007, Public Place Recycling aims to reduce the amount of waste in public garbage cans, while bringing sustainable options to public spaces.

“Public Place Recycling is an important step toward our goal of increasing our city-wide recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “Installing these new recycling containers next to garbage cans along the transit mall will make it easy and convenient to recycle downtown.”

With recyclable materials making up approximately 30 percent of the waste collected from downtown public garbage cans, the recycling containers have the potential to divert nearly a third of the downtown public waste from the landfill. The recycling containers will be paired with and match existing garbage cans and each will have separate areas for newspapers and magazines, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles. Non-recyclable items include coffee cups, cold beverage cups, food wrappers and food packaging.

"Bringing the City's recycling efforts to the Portland transit mall will be a great way to blend the City's sustainable priorities into this important public area,” said Bob Hastings, Agency Architect, Tri-Met. “Designed for function and aesthetics, these recycling containers will encourage the public to recycle, while enhancing the usability of the transit mall."

The City of Portland selected the downtown transit mall for the launch of Public Place Recycling because it is a thriving center of activity and a nationally recognized successful transit center. Partners in the project include the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Mall Management, Inc. Once installation of the recycling containers is completed this spring, data will be collected to help ensure that the project is as successful as possible when it eventually expands to other parts of the city.

Watch a new 1-minute promotional video about the recycling containers.

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.


From our director, Susan Anderson: Finding inspiration at the 19th annual BEST Awards

BPS E-News Issue 11

The BEST Awards, now in its 19th year, is known as the “Oscars” for Portland’s sustainable business community. It’s your chance to network with Portland’s innovative businesses, share a delicious locally-sourced breakfast and enjoy the suspense of the award announcements. I always look forward to getting a first look at Portland’s newest green products, enterprises and business practices.  But I think the real value in attending the BEST Awards is finding inspiration from our amazing business community.

Today’s most successful companies know that natural resources are limited. They seek a competitive advantage by adjusting their operations to consume fewer resources, conserve energy in their buildings and fleet, reduce waste and buy more local goods and services.

Many companies in Portland understand that a healthy workforce is central to the success of their business and the local economy. In response, they find innovative ways to recruit and retain employees and  promote equity in their business operations. A good example is last year’s small business winner, Bamboo Sushi, which pays living-wages for workers and chooses their distribution companies based on environmental sustainability and social equity practices for employees. Past BEST Award winners know that these smart approaches help drive customer loyalty and strengthen our community.

We hope you’ll join us on April 19th to celebrate Portland’s green business stars! Ticket sales close very soon. Learn more and buy tickets online at



Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Portland Plan promotes business resiliency through Economic Prosperity and Affordability strategy

BPS E-News Issue 11

Throughout the process of developing the Portland Plan, the city’s 25-year plan for growth and development, Portlanders have said that one of their top priorities is a robust economy and living wage jobs. The Portland Plan Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy presents a smart response to the complex challenges facing Portland.

Many Portlanders are out of work and struggle to make ends meet. The reasons for this are complex. Regional job growth has not been fast enough to bring down Multnomah County unemployment rates, and average wages and salaries in Multnomah County have not kept up with the rising cost of living over the last decade.

The Economic Prosperity and Affordability strategy focuses on business growth, a robust regional economy and individual prosperity. It draws on a broad range of implementation tools and partners in business development, urban innovation, land development, transportation, housing, education and training, and social supports, which collectively broaden local business opportunity and prosperity. Recognizing the connection between an educated workforce and a robust economy, for example, the strategy would pursue connections between higher education and firms in target industries to help solve technical challenges facing industry and transform innovations within school walls into commercially viable and valuable products.

The strategy identifies a series of “quick-start” actions that focus on traded sector job growth, urban innovation, trade gateway and freight mobility, and growing employment districts. One of these actions “… focus[es] business development resources on enhancing [the] competitiveness of businesses in five industry concentrations: Advanced Manufacturing, Athletic and Outdoor, Clean Tech, Software, and Research and Commercialization.” It also includes actions that address affordability, expanding opportunities for households that are currently unable to cover costs for basic needs. Another action would facilitate private investment in moderate-income housing to expand affordable housing options.

Based on thousands of public comments, expert counsel and extensive research, these focus areas and actions promise to be the most effective in achieving our goal of a thriving and prosperous city, with opportunity for all.

The Portland Plan team and its business partners are working together to make this strategy as strong and effective as possible. On April 29 (7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.), the Portland Plan team will be hosting a business forum at the NW Natural Building to solicit more feedback on the Economic Prosperity and Affordability strategy, in particular, as well as the other Portland Plan strategies and an Equity Initiative. As in the past, we’ll be soliciting feedback from the business community to refine the strategies and ensure that they will help Portland businesses survive and thrive into the future.

For more information about the Portland Plan Business Forum, please contact Barry Manning: 503-823-7965 or

Portland Plan Business Forum
Friday, April 29, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
NW Natural Building
220 NW 2nd Ave.


BEST Business Center helps businesses be sustainable and successful

BPS E-News Issue 11

Want to green your business but don’t know where to start? Portland business leaders in search of more sustainable practices are teaming up with the BEST Business Center, a "one-stop shop" for local businesses that want to become greener and more profitable.  

BEST provides businesses with a free evaluation of their operations in the areas of energy, water, waste, purchasing, green building and transportation. From there, businesses receive customized recommendations, assistance from a Sustainability Advisor, and access to financial incentives, free tools and resources. 

 The BEST Business Center is a partnership of city and regional government programs and energy utilities, including the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, Pacific Power, Portland Development Commission and Portland General Electric.

To access free tools and advice to help boost your company’s sustainability and profit, check out