This is a moment of tremendous opportunity.
As our concern about our sluggish economy and understanding of climate change grows -- we have the ability to bring these two issues together to create a healthy and vibrant community.
At the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), we build partnerships to harness the energy of Portland residents and businesses to shape our city's future. Together we develop a range of plans and services -- from the River Plan to the Portland Plan to specific technical and financial assistance programs to help companies and families save money and reduce their environmental impact.
Much of what we do at BPS addresses two critical goals: First, we want to reduce Portland’s carbon footprint and serve as an example to the rest of the world on ways to stem the tide of climate change. Second, we want to create a healthy and livable, walkable and affordable community that supports a vibrant economy. Fueled by the energy and passion of Portlanders, our new bureau will build on Portland’s remarkable planning legacy and make certain that sustainability principles are integrated into all facets of city operations. This unified approach will help to ensure Portland’s position as an international center of sustainable commerce and practices.
With this e-newsletter, we will provide our community partners with a consistent communication tool. In coming issues, you will read about:
- New planning and sustainability policies.
- Dozens of events to involve people in the Portland Plan.
- Efforts to reduce pollution, save money and move the city closer to our economic development, social and environmental goals.
- Family, business and government partners who are finding new ways to stay engaged and live green.
We hope you enjoy this inaugural issue.
All the best,
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability