How Portlanders can make the most of holiday food scraps
The holiday season often brings more food, festivities and the potential for increased waste. This year, include the food by making sure your holiday food scraps and leftovers end up in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.
317 = number of diesel emission retrofits on Portland, Salem and Multnomah County fleets.
300 = Number of stream miles mapped (50 more miles than on previous maps).
26,360: Number of acres of natural resource areas inventoried.
368,277 = number of pageviews of Portland Plan website.
2,654,846 = number of pageviews of BPS website.
1,350 = approximate number of participants Portland Plan workshops (900 in Phase I, 450 in Phase II).
51% = percentage of hours worked on the Clean Energy Works Portland.
program (through Nov 2011) by and historically disadvantaged and underrepresented workers (women and minorities).
409 = number of homeowners have signed loans with CEWP that will enable them to save energy and make their homes more comfortable this winter.
2.7 = metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year saved by the average CEWP home as a result of comprehensive energy improvements.
401 = # of people who played the Portland Plan game.
Second largest city in the US to adopt rules to prevent the spread of "most wanted" invasive plants. (In 2010 Portland joined the handful of cities in the U.S. (includes Chicago!), in adopting a customized, local rule to prevent the spread of our "most wanted" invasive plants.)
0.5% = reduction in local carbon emissions from 2008 to 2009.
2% = percent below 1990 levels carbon emissions were in 2009.
94% of the Clean Energy Works jobs pay 180% of minimum wage or better.
22% of the project dollars have gone to historically disadvantaged businesses.
400 = number of residential solar installations installed, totaling more than 5 megawatts of electricity.
67% = Portland’s recycling rate, twice the national average.
8% = decline in total amount of waste generated, including recycling, from 2008 to 2009, reaching its lowest level in eight years.
2,000 = number of homes participating in a pilot residential food-scrap collection composting program.
750 = number of businesses assisted with implementing sustainable practices in their operations through the BPS Business Outreach Team (Recycle at Work and BEST Business Center).
1 = number of new City websites focused on actions Portlanders can take to reduce their carbon emissions – Portland Climate Action Now! (www.portlandclimateaction.org).
1,400 = number of participants at neighborhood and community events talking about steps they can take to reduce their household carbon emissions.
700 = number of participants in Urban Growth Bounty classes on organic gardening, animal husbandry, cooking and food preservation.
1 = number of Community Supported Agriculture farms on City property, run by Nepalese immigrants in conjunction with Mercy Corps Northwest.
10 = number of workshops conducted in 2009 helping Portlanders better understand how to track home energy use.
750 = number of green building inquires responded to by the Green Building Hotline.