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Happy 2012

New Years' Inspiration to Eat WellHappy New Year! We hope the coming months are full of delicious, sustainable Oregon food. Along this vein, NPR's Weekend Edition recently ran a story about the growing popularity of farm-fresh, artisanal food and drink. Read it, and resolve to make food a more considered part of your life in 2012.

And if you're on the lookout for a recipe to properly celebrate the new year, check out Willamette Week's Bowl O' Luck, which Ken Rubin crafted as a Northwest-centric dish (akin to Hoppin' John or Pork and Sauerkraut) to help ring in a prosperous 2012. We're certain that the meal's lucky mojo will work even if you make it post-Jan 1 (Indeed, for those of us whose stomachs only just recovered from our holiday excesses, that's a very important point).

May you have an appetizing and abundant 2012.

BPS Issues RFP for the Development of Community-Supported Solar Electric Systems

Partnering to Finance Community-Supported Solar Electric Systems. Download the RFP!

BPS has engaged in various efforts over the past several years to increase the adoption of solar energy technologies and to transform the market for solar in Portland and beyond. Working with partners, BPS has provided outreach and education, zoning code changes, and technical support for neighborhood-driven campaigns for purchasing solar panels (Solarize Portland). These efforts have significantly spurred the installation of solar on residential and business properties. Installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Portland is now close to 10 megawatts.

However, installation and direct ownership of on-site solar remains out of reach for many Portlanders for a variety of reasons, including site ownership, financial commitment, and solar resource constraints such as shading or roof orientation. Community solar represents a new addition to Portland's tools for transforming the local market for solar energy. Community solar is intended to make participation in the installation of PV systems available and accessible to a wider, more diverse audience of Portlanders, including renters, homeowners with shaded properties, and those wanting to fund PV in smaller increments than a typical residential system.

BPS's project objectives include:

  • Making solar energy generation more accessible to Portland citizens for whom direct ownership of solar on their own roofs is not feasible.

  • Providing opportunity for funding of solar energy in affordable increments.

  • Demonstrating a model for community-owned solar in Oregon under current legal and regulatory conditions.

  • Providing some return of benefits to community members who contribute funding for system construction costs.

  • Fostering the development of a replicable program model and ownership structure for community solar, such as the establishment of a solar funding cooperative that could sustain itself beyond a one-time effort.

Through this proposal BPS is seeking to facilitate collaborative relationships between:

  • private-sector parties that have federal tax liability and an interest in owning solar electric systems;

  • public-sector entities that own roof space and have policies that support renewable energy development; and

  • non-profit organizations and/or community-based organizations involved or interested in solar energy

The purpose of this collaboration is to finance and install community-supported solar electric systems on publicly owned rooftops.

Download the Community-Supported Solar RFP (PDF)

N/NE Quadrant Open House

Review the proposed concept for land use, local transportation, open space and green systems and potential improvements to the I-5 Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange.

More open house informationAre you interested in issues affecting the Lower Albina, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District areas of the Central City? How about the I-5 freeway and how it impacts the area around the Broadway/Weidler interchange? Please join us at an open house for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans.

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House

Thursday, February 2, 2012

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Lloyd Center Mall

West end (near Nordstrom)

See the calendar for more info.

After extensive public input, the project team and Stakeholder Advisory Committee have developed a draft proposed concept for future land use, urban design and local transportation in the area, as well as options for proposed improvements to the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange. At the February 2nd open house, these concepts will be on display and City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions, receive public feedback and discuss the project.

Learn more about and comment on:

  • Future direction for land use and urban form

  • Street design and connectivity

  • New parks and open space

  • Ways to incorporate green infrastructure

  • Safety and operational improvements for the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange

This is a great opportunity to weigh in on the draft proposals and let the Stakeholder Committee know what you think. We hope you join us!

Other opportunities to get involved

Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and offer a public comment period. Upcoming meetings include (see project calendar for details):


  • January 19, 2012 This meeting will focus on the freeway component of the project. Staff will present a proposed hybrid freeway improvement concept and discuss outstanding issues to be resolved.
  • February 16, 2012: This meeting will address both the quadrant plan and freeway components of the project. Staff will report on public input received at the February 2nd open house and seek Stakeholder Advisory Committee approval of the proposed concepts for the quadrant plan and freeway interchange project. The concept plans will then be used as a basis for developing more detailed proposals in the next phase of work.


For more information, please contact Stephanie Beckman (City of Portland) at (503) 823-6042 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.govor Todd Juhasz (ODOT) at (503) 731-4753 or

The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook by Kim O'Donnel

More ideas for winter eats that will get you through the season.

(Step Up to the Plate is running a series of posts to introduce readers to seasonal cooking. We aim to get you through the winter with satisfied taste buds and a head full of delicious recipes. Our second cookbook review is Kim O’Donnel’s Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook.)

O’Donnel tackles the entire year in this cookbook, with recipe options tailored specifically for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Her focus is the whole-menu approach: instead of dividing the contents into ‘soups,’ ‘sides,’ or ‘entrees,’ she groups her offerings into what she thinks will work best as an entire meal. The Hummus-Stuffed Tomatoes are right next to the Fattoush Salad and Seared Halloumi, for example, while the Red Lentil Dal is cozied up with the Individual Flatbreads. There’s a nice balance of uber-simple options (e.g., Wilted Greens in a Skillet Vinaigrette) with the more time-consuming (such as the Gumbo z’Herbs), and she offers plenty of guidance about which recipes are gluten-free, vegan, kid-centric, or convenient for leftovers.

As the book’s the title implies, there’s no fish, poultry, or meat to be found within its pages (and no desserts, either). Some of the ingredient lists might require a quick trip to the grocery — O’Donnel seems particularly fond of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce — but the results are worth it: the stuffed peppers (pictured) would be a welcome side dish at any meal, and the Black-Bean Chili is just the thing for a snug evening by the fire. It’s a great guide for those who are new to seasonal cooking, and the conversational tone and abundant photos make it a handy resource for the beginner chef. 

BPS News: City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty series returns with classes on growing, preparing and preserving food

From cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation, Urban Growth Bounty provides all the tools you need to do it yourself.

January 17, 2012


Steve Cohen
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty series returns with classes on growing, preparing and preserving food

From cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation, Urban Growth Bounty provides all the tools you need to do it yourself.

Since its kickoff in 2009, thousands of Portlanders have been able to explore the world of urban homesteading (and to meet others who share their interest) through the Urban Growth Bounty classes. Now entering its fourth year, the 2012 series includes courses on beekeeping, urban livestock, cheesemaking, food preservation, and multiple types of gardening. On-line registration is available at

"The Urban Growth Bounty classes are a great value and a wonderful way to kickstart your 2012 food growing season," says Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "There's always more to learn about how to grow, preserve and eat sustainably on a budget."

Presented by the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2012 brings back an exciting lineup of expert instructors and an array of classes for all skill levels. Courses will take place from February to July at locations across the city.
A brand new class, Introduction to Food Preservation, Jams, and Jellies debuts in May. Returning also are the most popular classes from the past two years, Cheesemaking with Claudia Lucero and Edible Landscaping with Jen Aron.

For detailed Urban Growth Bounty 2012 descriptions and registration information, visit or e-mail

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce.