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Innovation in Sustainability nominations open through September 30, Go Green begins October 15.
Innovation in Sustainability Nominations - open now through Sept 30!
Is your organization using groundbreaking ideas, technology, business models or products to advance the definition of sustainable business? Portland Business Journal (PBJ) wants to highlight your work through the Innovation in Sustainability Awards. Nominees can be a business, local government, advocacy group or individual.
This year PBJ has opened up the awards, removing specific categories so that it’s easier to share your story through the nomination process. Award winners will honored at an evening ceremony on November 20, and will be featured in the Portland Business Journal.
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What do these global metropolises have in common? This week C40 and Siemens honored these cities for leadership in tackling climate change.
Portland is among 10 worldwide honorees to receive the 2014 City Climate Leadership Awards due to the Portland Plan Healthy Connected City strategy. The Awards honor cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.
Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group — or C40 — announced the winners Monday evening at a ceremony in New York City.
“Portland stands proudly alongside the global megacities that make up the C40,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We're delighted to have the honor and recognition that the Portland’s Healthy Connected City approach has proven to be a powerful carbon-reduction strategy.”
Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro and chairman of the C40 group, praised the honorees. “I commend the winning cities for their leadership and commitment, and am confident that their knowledge and experience will help drive other cities to implement on-the-ground solutions faster and more efficiently. Through cooperation and collaboration, cities continue to deliver the results that are having a global impact.”
Hales praised Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Michael Armstrong, senior sustainability manager, along with outside partners ranging from Metro to Multnomah County to the state government. He said the private sector plays a huge role in the honor as well.
“In Portland, the basic idea is to develop the centers of our existing neighborhoods into highly walkable, lively commercial districts, making it easy and convenient to get to the schools, shops, jobs, parks, coffee and beer that make Portland a great place to live, work and play,” Hales said.
The Portland Plan also calls for offering new housing opportunities so even more residents can live in complete neighborhoods. And then connecting these neighborhoods with low-carbon transportation options.
“We are about to complete the first new bridge in downtown Portland in 30 years, and it will carry light rail, streetcar, buses, bicycles and pedestrians … but not private vehicles,” Hales said this spring, while addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago. “This is the kind of investment we are making to make our healthy connected city a reality.”
The winners were celebrated at an Awards Ceremony featuring C40 Board President Michael R. Bloomberg and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister. The event brought together more than 250 decision-makers from cities around the world including national leaders, mayors, city planners, policy makers and representatives from the business world.
Josh Alpert, special projects adviser to Mayor Hales, attended to accept the award. Portland was the recipient of the Sustainable Communities award for its ‘Healthy Connected City’ network. As outlined in the Portland Plan, and implemented through the Comprehensive Plan update, underway now, the City is developing “complete neighborhoods” to give all residents safe and convenient access to the goods and services needed in daily life. In 2012, 45 percent of the Portland population lived in complete neighborhoods, a figure which the city aims to raise to 80 percent by 2035.
The city’s ambitious and successful initiative shows a unique and valuable pathway to sustainable, resilient, and low carbon communities.
About the City Climate Leadership Awards competition:
This year marks the second collaboration between C40 and Siemens on this awards competition, which recognizes innovative city driven climate actions. Cities around the world submitted 87 applications. An independent, seven-member judging panel consisting of former city mayors, architects, representatives of the World Bank, as well as C40 and Siemens evaluated 31 projects in 26 cities as award finalists.
The City Climate Leadership Awards are part of a broader collaboration between Siemens and C40, announced in New York City in April 2013. In addition to the Awards, Siemens supports the C40 Measurement and Planning Initiative –an effort dedicated to enhancing each member city’s ability to measure data, take action and track progress towards self-identified goals. Siemens’ technical expertise is directly available to C40’s robust network of cities.
The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce recognizes women who are leaders in architecture, engineering, construction and fields related to the building industry.
BPS Director Susan Anderson has worked in the built environment industry for 30 years. This week, Oregon’s Daily Journal of Commerce presented Susan with a 2014 Women of Vision award for her leadership. The Women of Vision Conference recognized 45 women in Oregon and Southwest Washington who are leaders in architecture, engineering and construction as well as in fields related to the building industry.
Portland’s first lady, Nancy Hales congratulated Susan, “Susan is responsible for many of this city’s great plans, including the first city climate action plan in the US. But what’s more impressive are her results. Susan’s efforts have helped the city reduce carbon emissions by ten percent!”
Read Susan’s bio here.
Episode 2 of Centers and Corridors video shows how Portland will grow
Last month we shared the first of five videos we’re developing about Centers and Corridors, Portland’s growth management strategy for the next 25 years.
By focusing growth and density in neighborhood hubs (centers) and busy main streets and boulevards (corridors), more people will have access to shops, services, restaurants, parks, jobs and transit. Not only does this create a stronger sense of community, it makes it possible for more people to meet their daily needs by foot, bus, MAX or bike. This in turn improves public health while reducing carbon emissions. Focusing growth in centers and corridors also means that Portland’s treasured single-family neighborhoods are preserved because new denser development will occur in discreet areas rather than scattered throughout residential districts.
Episode 2 describes the different types of centers and corridors, their features and benefits, and includes interviews with Portlanders who live and work in these vibrant places. Watch it now.