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My Portland Plan: Collaborating with Greater Portland Pulse to Track and Measure Our Community's Success

Data visualization mapping can help us achieve the Portland Plan goals

The City of Portland is stepping up its collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse to ensure that the Portland Plan Measures of Success data are tracked and updated on a regular basis. Greater Portland Pulse is the regional indicator effort coordinated by Portland State University’s (PSU) Institute of Metropolitan Studies. The City’s collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse will help the Portland Plan partners monitor key indicators of community health and prosperity, such as obesity rates, air quality standards and income distribution.

Using data visualization tools available through Greater Portland Pulse, both the City and Portland State University can highlight the progress in the city and the region toward more equitable, prosperous and healthy communities. This effort can also help reveal issues — geographic, economic or social — that we collectively need to pay more attention to.

The maps below are an example of how we can sort, arrange and visually represent data — and track it over time —  using the tool “Weave,” which makes interacting with and studying the data accessible and engaging for anyone with an interest in graphic representation of statistics. 

Take a look at the high school graduation rates for different classes from 2008-11, for example. Studying the map and data, you’ll notice the subtle shifts over the last few school years not only in the school districts that serve Portland proper, but also in the region as a whole.

Mapping the Portland Plan Measures of Success

At the heart of the Portland Plan is equity. Actions in the plan attempt to address disparities based on class and race. The maps and charts shown here are just one way to gauge our progress toward a more equitable Portland. In this case, using the Greater Portland Pulse data visualization tool, you can see the gap in graduation rates between students of color and white and Asian students. Lower graduation rates are associated with lower employment opportunities, as well as other measures of success. The visualization tool can help to illuminate these gaps, thus increasing awareness and elevating the issue of disparities across class and different population groups.

Over the coming year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Institute of Metropolitan Studies will be working together to highlight those measures that matter to you. From education to economic opportunity, affordable housing to how we get around, and a healthy environment to healthy people, the collaboration between the City and the Greater Portland Pulse project will help keep decision-makers and residents, too, on track toward a shared desired future: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland.

Visit to learn what you can do today to make Portland better tomorrow. 

High School Graduation Rates 2008-2009

2008-2009 HS Grad Rates

High School Graduation Rates 2009-2010

2009-2010 HS Grad Rates

High School Graduation Rates 2010-2011

2010-2011 HS Grad Rates

BPS News: City of Portland’s 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair features new workshops, online ticket sales

Backyard cottages, stunning new construction, green remodels and educational opportunities


Christine Llobregat

Valerie Garrett

A limited number of tickets are now on sale for the 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair. Set for Saturday, September 22, the self-guided tour is presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and will feature 14 green remodels and new homes around Portland. Buy tickets at Green Depot in SE Portland or online at

"Every September Portlanders look forward to the annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair as a fun way to experience sustainable design and see for themselves what green building is all about," said Mayor Sam Adams. "It's another example of how the City is implementing the Portland Plan, our city's road map to a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable future."

2012 highlights:

  • Affordable new home-ownership courtyard housing in outer SE Portland.
  • Eight new accessory dwelling units (ADUs), including one converted garage.
  • An accessible remodel featuring salvaged materials and Universal Design principles.
  • A non-profit community center on a reclaimed brownfield (a former gas station).
  • A new pocket neighborhood in the Cully neighborhood.
  • Two new homes built to the Passive House standard.
  • Several projects featuring ecoroofs, swales and permeable paving.

New workshops included in ticket price

This year’s tour offers new workshops at selected tour stops. No registration is required and the workshops are included in the ticket price. Workshop topics include Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Basics, Rainwater Harvesting, Naturescaping, Gray Water Reuse, Permaculture, Living Building Challenge, Passive Houses, Small Home Communities and Energy Performance Scores. View workshop details at

Stop and start where you choose and pick up great ideas for your current or future home

Chat with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about solar panels, ecoroofs (green roofs), rainwater harvesting, money-saving ideas, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials and alternative construction techniques. Visit for a preview of each tour stop.

  • Tour date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Tour time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Build It Green! Info Fair at Green Depot in SE Portland (819 SE Taylor, Portland, OR, 503-222-3881) is a fun, family friendly prelude to the Tour with green vendors, demonstrations, food, drink and music.


  • $15 general admission
  • $10 honored citizens/students/alternative transportation
  • Children 13 years-old and under are FREE.
  • Info Fair is FREE and open to everyone.
  • Online ticket sales:
  • In-person ticket sales: Green Depot, 819 SE Taylor, Portland, OR, 503-222-3881 (cash and check only)
  • Staff will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone at 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Thank you to our 2012 Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair sponsors

Green Depot, Energy Trust of Oregon, KINK-FM, Metro, Oregon Home Magazine, Solar Oregon, Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Environmental Services and City of Portland Bureau of Development Services.

Visit, send an e-mail to, or call 503-823-5431 for tickets and more information.