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Portland’s Unique Neighborhoods Star in the Latest Centers & Corridors Video

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases newest episode in a series about the City’s growth management strategy

Hot off the “cutting room floor,” the latest episode of Portland’s Centers & Corridors video focuses on the different types of these vibrant hubs and bustling streets. Some of our favorite places in Portland take a starring role; neighborhoods like Sellwood and Montavilla, Multnomah Village, Hollywood and St Johns. And major thoroughfares like Barbur and Sandy boulevards.

Viewers can see computer-generated renderings of the different types of neighborhood, town and regional centers and corridors. The video shows how the size and scale of each determines the types of amenities and services each one can provide Portland’s residents and visitors. And it helps explain why more density and development means more shops, restaurants, transit, parks and civic buildings for people living in and around these compact neighborhoods and vibrant streets.

So take a look, and see if you can tell what kind of center or corridor you live or work in — or would like to. Portland has so many different shapes and sizes of great places. Focusing growth in Centers and Corridors means we’ll be able to create even more.

Reminder About Holiday Curbside Collection Schedule Changes

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Holiday schedule changes

No collections on Thursday, December 25, 2014 or Thursday, January 1, 2015. All other holidays are regular pick-up days.

Also view holiday schedule changes in these languages:

Изменения расписания сбора мусора, утиля и компоста в праздничный сезон (Russian)

垃圾、可回收物及堆肥收集的节假日时间变更 (Simplified Chinese)

Macluumaadka Jadwalka Maalmaha Fasaxa ah ee Qashinka, Dib u isticmaalida qashinka “Recycling” iyo Hawlaha Bacriminta (Somali)

Cambios al programa para recolección de basura, reciclaje y desechos orgánicos (Spanish)

Ngày Lễ Thay Đổi Lịch Trình về lấy Rác, Tái Chế Biến và Làm Phân Bón (Vietnamese)

Holiday Schedule Changes in Six Languages

Curbside collection changes for 2014-15 holidays, in English, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Holiday schedule changes

No collections on Thursday, December 25, 2014 or Thursday, January 1, 2015. All other holidays are regular pick-up days.

Also view holiday schedule changes in these languages:

Изменения расписания сбора мусора, утиля и компоста в праздничный сезон (Russian)

垃圾、可回收物及堆肥收集的节假日时间变更 (Simplified Chinese)

Macluumaadka Jadwalka Maalmaha Fasaxa ah ee Qashinka, Dib u isticmaalida qashinka “Recycling” iyo Hawlaha Bacriminta (Somali)

Cambios al programa para recolección de basura, reciclaje y desechos orgánicos (Spanish)

Ngày Lễ Thay Đổi Lịch Trình về lấy Rác, Tái Chế Biến và Làm Phân Bón (Vietnamese)

City of Portland proposes energy performance reporting for commercial buildings; information sessions scheduled for January

Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly a quarter of Portland’s carbon emissions and spend more than $335 million on energy every year.

Media contact:

Christine Llobregat

503-823-7007

 

City of Portland proposes energy performance reporting for commercial buildings; information sessions scheduled for January

Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly a quarter of Portland’s carbon emissions and spend more than $335 million on energy every year.

Portland, ORE – This spring, Portland City Council will consider a new policy that would require owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track their building’s energy use and report it on an annual basis. The proposed policy would cover nearly 80 percent of the commercial square footage but affect approximately 1,000 buildings — less than 20 percent of Portland’s commercial buildings.

What’s this about?

The proposed Energy Performance Reporting Policy would require commercial buildings to track energy performance with a free online tool called ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report energy use information to the City of Portland on an annual basis. There are approximately 5,000 commercial buildings in Portland. Currently fewer than 100 claim ENERGY STAR certification.

The proposed policy covers offices, retail spaces, grocery stores, hotels, health care and higher education buildings. It does not include residential properties, nursing homes, places of worship, parking structures, K-12 schools, industrial facilities or warehouses.

Why is the City proposing this policy?

  • The energy used to power buildings is the largest source of carbon pollution in Portland.
  • Similar to a MPG rating for a new car, the energy performance policy would allow potential tenants and owners to have access to important information about building energy performance.
  • Commercial energy reporting policies in 10 other U.S. cities have proven to motivate investment in efficiency improvements that save money and reduce carbon emissions.

“The proposed policy will build awareness in the commercial building sector about energy performance,” said Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. “Energy-efficient buildings are a win for the building owner, the tenant and for Portland’s carbon reduction goals.”

Attend a public information session in January 2015

Two events in January will offer businesses affected by the proposal a chance to ask questions, provide feedback and to understand next steps. Staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will continue to work with stakeholders from the real estate and development community to refine the policy before consideration by Portland City Council in spring, 2015.

Information session #1

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 2500A

Information session #2

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 2500A


When would the proposed policy go into effect?

  • Commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet would be required to begin reporting in 2016.
  • Commercial buildings between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet would begin reporting in 2017.

 

Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/energyreporting to learn more, provide feedback and sign up for policy updates.