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BPS E-News: From BPS Director Susan Anderson: BPS welcomes visitors from around the world

It’s summer — and a great time to visit Portland! Great weather, festivals and events, the river, parks, restaurants — we have it all. But summer isn’t the only time that Portland welcomes visitors. International delegations come to our city throughout the year. They come to see what many call the most “sustainable city” in America.

In the first six months of this year, staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability met with more than 200 delegates from two dozen international group visitcities around the globe. 

They come to see Portland as an urban laboratory that can actually show them the best of  urban planning, transit-oriented development, solar and energy efficient building design, quality mixed-use neighborhoods, a welcoming river, and residents and businesses that are implementing sustainability practices in their every day lives.

Because of the diversity of projects and programs at BPS, we share knowledge on topics ranging from the Central City 2035 Plan to the Climate Action Plan, community engagement, waste reduction and recycling, neighborhood solar and creating partnerships.

Not only do we get to share what we’re doing in Portland — we also learn much from our visitors.  We hear about their successes and how they are making change. 

A sampling of our recent visitors:

  •  A delegation from Sejong, South Korea — a planned city of 500,000 that’s literally being built from the ground up.
  • Members of the group Vivre en Ville, an organization working to improve the quality of the natural and built environments in Quebec, Canada.
  • A delegation of mayors and prefecture directors from China, visiting Portland through the Yale University Environment and Sustainable Development Leadership program.
  • Business and government officials from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, several cities in Japan, Sao Paulo, Toulouse, Perth, Calgary and Victoria.
  • And others from U.S. cities like Nashville, Minneapolis, Gainesville, Colorado Springs, and more…

 

With the sun shining, we look forward to sharing the best of Portland this summer, and continuing to glean creative ideas from our new colleagues from around the world.

 

All the best,

Susan Anderson Signature

Susan Anderson

Director

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability