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Increase the green in 2016: Prepare

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


Get peace of mind at a Fix-It Fair. The new year is a good time to prepare yourself and your family for unexpected emergencies. Attend an emergency kitillustration of emergency preparedness items workshop at the January 23 or February 20 Fix-It Fair. Fix-It Fairs are free community events that feature more than 50 exhibitors offering resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, sound finances and more.

Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management is offering the workshop Emergency Kits on a Budget. Learn to build a home emergency kit and a plan to keep you and your family safe. You will get a wealth of resources and may discover you can use items you already have at home to start your kit.

The January workshop schedule is available to help you plan your Fix-It Fair day!

Increase the green in 2016: Organize

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


This year, make it easier for you and your household to get the right roll carts to the curb by receiving email reminders for curbside collection service.illustration of laptop and smart phone

Sign up for weekly email reminders at in just two steps!

  1. Enter your street address.
  2. Choose your garbage pickup frequency.

Voila! You will automatically see what roll carts to set out for the next pickup day. Bookmark this page for even faster access next time.

Take the guesswork out of garbage day

While weekly email reminders let you know which carts go to the curb each week, other benefits include weather-related and holiday collection day changes.

During severe weather conditions, like we recently experienced, driving may be hazardous and the collection of garbage, compost and recycling may be delayed or postponed for Portland residents.

The tool also includes features for you to:

  • Get your schedule
  • Find your garbage and recycling company
  • Obtain resources like detailed lists of accepted materials
  • Ask questions

City Council to hold one more hearing on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map on January 13

Commissioners will hear testimony from community members who attended last week’s hearings but could not be heard due to time constraints.

The turnout at last Thursday’s hearing was so large that City Council has decided to hold one more public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map this Wednesday at City Hall.

City Council Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft
Testimony will be heard on draft goals, policies and land use map
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4 ­– 6 p.m.
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Those who signed up to testify at Council’s January 7 hearing — but didn’t get a chance — will be heard first, in the order they signed up. Other community members may sign up on a wait list starting at 3 p.m., but time for additional testimony will be limited. Please note that you may not save a spot in line or sign up to testify for anyone but yourself. No food or childcare will be provided.

At the end of Wednesday's hearing, City Council will determine whether to close the comment period then or at a later time/date. In the following weeks, Commissioners will discuss Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the draft 2035 Plan in work sessions on January 26, February 2, and February 23, 2016. 

Once an amendments package is published, an additional public hearing on Council’s amendments will be scheduled in April. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195. Or visit

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.

PSC News: Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell Confirmed to Planning and Sustainablity Commission

City Council confirms newest PSC members: affordable and community-oriented housing developer and East Portland advocate join the advisory committee

At its Wednesday, January 13, 2016 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointments of Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Eli Spevak has a background in sustainable residential development and affordable and community-oriented housing. Eli has had extensive civic involvement in Portland and recently served on the Comprehensive Plan Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group. He is also currently serving on the Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee. He is the owner of Orange Splot LLC and previously worked as a project manager at the Housing Development Center. He was a Loeb fellow and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from PSU.

Katie Larsell is an East Portland advocate and has served on the Parkrose School Board, Steering Committee for the Bicycle Master Plan 2020 and was a charter member of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). She is currently a member of the Citywide Budget Advisory Committee. Katie’s diverse work background includes being an industrial engineer and an ordained minister.

The appointees' diverse backgrounds and knowledge of Portland will make them valuable members of the Commission. Their first meeting as PSC members will be on January 26, 2016.

Increase the green in 2016: Share

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


Save money with Portland resources where you can find ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices that will keep you on budget.

Borrow: Join a tool or kitchen library to borrow items you only use occasionally. Access tools and share items like drills, sanders, painting equipment and shovels. Portland residents have options around the city, based on where you live. There are NorthNortheastSoutheast locations, plus residents in and around the Lents neighborhood in outer Southeast and East Portland have the Green Lents Community Tool Library.

Kitchen Share is a network of kitchen tool libraries building community through the sharing of equipment, skills, traditions and food. They offer items like dehydrators, canning equipment, ice cream makers, juicers, mixers, bread makers and durable dishes for Northeast and Southeast residents.

Swap: Portland is full of organizations that facilitate sharing between neighbors – offering tools and equipment, space, clothes, toys and more.

Share your style by hosting a clothing swap with friends. Swap Positive is your go-to resource for Portland area swaps. A swap involves getting a bunch of people together to exchange clothes and other items you no longer need, and offering them free of charge to others by swapping them instead. 

Fix: Extend the life of the goods you own with easy fixes. Community resources, such as Repair PDX and local repair shops share their expertise to fix anything! From clothing and shoes, to furniture and tools, and even electronics and appliances.

Get more community resources on how and where to make simple changes in everyday choices at Resourceful PDX