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New Sustainable City Government blog: Inside the City that works green

BPS advisors encourage colleagues to keep working green

The Sustainable City Government (SCG) program, hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, helps City bureaus save money, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier more equitable workplace through technical assistance and advocacy. By investing in energy efficiency, the City has saved more than $50 million in utility bills since 1991. Emissions from City operations have fallen 32 percent since FY 06-07 (our baseline year.) Over the next 15 years, the City’s goal is to reduce emissions from operations 53 percent below FY 06-07 levels.

“The Sustainable City Government program draws on the knowledge of BPS staff to help City bureaus achieve the 2030 Environmental Performance Objectives that were reaffirmed by City Council in 2015,” said Andria Jacob, senior manager of energy programs and policy at BPS. "SCG is small but mighty. With less than 2 FTE, we leverage the expertise of BPS's best brains to help keep the City working green."

Sustainable City Government Team
Clockwise starting top left: Kyle Diesner, Andria Jacob, Danny Grady, Paul de Block, Pam Neild.

Meet our sustainability experts:

Paul De Block
Sustainability Advisor, Sustainability at Work

Waste not, want not

BPS Sustainability Advisor Paul de Block is a key member of BPS’s business outreach program, Sustainability at Work. As a small but effective part of this role, Paul provides technical assistance to City bureaus, facilitates the Waste Subcommittee and supports the coordination of recycling and waste prevention projects. With more than 10 years of experience supporting large Portland-based organizations such as Providence and Portland State University, Paul really knows his stuff, and, more importantly, how to get rid of it in the most environmentally responsible way.

I’m most proud of the city offices and bureaus who have achieved Sustainability at Work certification.

Pam Neild
Program Coordinator, Sustainable City Government and Green Team Chair

Analyzing currents for safe passage

Pam Neild, aka “The Skipper,” maps out program strategy for Sustainable City Government, designs communications materials and leads city-wide green team activities. Pam is most proud of the SCG 2030 Environmental Performance Objectives. She steered numerous stakeholder meetings and multiple rounds of drafts to develop objectives for City operations that are clear, comprehensive and measurable.

I’m a guide like any other. I’m a trusted friend who responds with accurate and timely information. I navigate staff through sustainability rapids and we survive the journey unscathed, most of the time.

Danny Grady
Senior Energy Specialist, Sustainable City Government

Taking good energy to City bureaus

As senior energy specialist, Danny sparks City bureaus to save energy and to create energy from renewable energy sources.  Swift like an electrical current, he offers technical assistance, identifies funding opportunities for energy projects, and advises city operations staff on issues relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Since entering into his role last August, Danny is most proud of the continued development of a strategic plan with the OMF Facilities’ Strategic Planning group. He has worked closely with this team to incorporate strategic energy management, utility billing tracking, and capital planning efforts into a comprehensive energy strategy for City Facilities.

Kyle Diesner
Policy Analyst, Sustainable City Government

Oceans of experience

Kyle is a policy analyst on the clean energy team at BPS. He provides policy analysis, long-range planning, and program development for a variety of programs, policies, and actions under the umbrella of the City/County Climate Action Plan. Kyle also coordinates the community-wide greenhouse gas and consumption-based emission inventories for Portland.

For Sustainable City Government, Kyle guides the development of the carbon emissions inventory used for tracking progress towards the City of Portland’s Sustainable City Government goals. He also provides technical support to bureaus who want to quantify carbon emission reductions and their contributions to achieve Climate Action Plan goals.

A frequent presenter on our climate and energy work in the community, he has served on diversity and equity committees and brings a social equity lens to all of his work.

Learn more about the Sustainable City Government program at