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Community organizers receive $3,500 to support their work on affordable housing, at-risk children, communities of color, and urban agriculture

BPS Director Andrea Durbin directs $3,500 for sponsorships to seven organizations and community coalitions.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability takes our partnerships with the many communities we serve seriously. We are grateful to have so many allies and supporters through our long-standing relationships with community groups, coalitions, faith-based institutions, affinity groups and more.

A great deal of the work done by our community partners starts small — in church basements and local cafes, during kids’ soccer games, over long commutes, long past dinner hours, on the weekends, in friends’ backyards and myriad other places.

We want to be more intentional about building the capacity of grassroots organizers, community advocates, and all the movers, shakers and changemakers in Portland. So, BPS is recognizing the following emerging organizations and coalitions in whose work we see shared value, alignment and strong promise:

We hope these funds will serve as seeds to continue the positive trajectory these community champions are on.

Portland City Council directs Smart City PDX and the Office of Equity and Human Rights to lead implementation of data privacy and information protection principles for City operations

Portland continues to be a national leader by prioritizing data privacy and digital equity in its Smart City work.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS) Smart City PDX (SCPDX) program, in collaboration with Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office and the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), proposed a new set of guidelines to Portland City Council today to help protect private and sensitive data managed by the City of Portland. The Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles resolution was approved with a unanimous vote.

“These privacy and information protection principles emerged from the need to build trust with communities and across City agencies around data and information management,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We are building the next generation of digital public services, services we will strive to make available to all Portlanders while minimizing risk and maximizing benefits.”

Why are these principles important for Portland?

In this new data-driven age, communities are more vulnerable to misuse of data, particularly marginalized communities. These principles highlight the importance of safeguards that guide City practices. Robust privacy and information protection are cornerstones for building trust across organizations and people. They are also an important foundation for developing policies to guide the City’s use of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

“This resolution is an example of community centered governing. The world of data and technology is quickly transforming the ways in which we travel, work, shop, receive medical care, basically everything in our daily lives,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who championed the resolution as Commissioner-in-Charge of the Office of Equity and Human Rights. “As local government, it is our civic duty to strike a balance between granting Portlanders easier access to key City services while upholding each person’s right to privacy.”

Resolving complex issues that Portland faces, like homelessness, traffic congestion and people’s mobility, transition to clean energy, and safe spaces for all may require the collaboration of multiple agencies and community organizations to exchange data. Without clear policies, procedures and resources dedicated to managing information using modern standards, this type of agile, responsible data use won’t be possible.

“Our City government collects data and information for different purposes—like when residents pay water bills or book classes through the Parks bureau,” said OEHR Director Dr. Markisha Smith. “We need to assure access to services for underserved communities without creating new harms or exacerbating existing harms.”

Developing these principles involved City staff from the Mayor’s office, Smart City PDX, Office for Community Technology, information security, legal and equity teams, and experts involved in privacy efforts at the City of Seattle and City of Oakland. After the first draft was ready last year, it took several months to get feedback from community members, technical advisory bodies and all bureaus, resulting in the draft resolution submitted to City Council.

“The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has a history of working across multiple City agencies and with our community to address Portland’s biggest, most complex challenges, from climate change to housing affordability,” said BPS Director Andrea Durbin. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our SCPDX partners to design a more equitable digital future.”

Next steps

Now that Portland City Council has approved the resolution, BPS and OEHR staff will work with other City of Portland bureaus to implement the principles. Staff will identify both short-term and long-term procedures needed for implementation. They will work to create and review policies needed to support practices aligned with the Privacy and Information Protection Principles. Implementation will also include determining necessary staff and budget, putting the principles in place as part of a Citywide data governance strategy for City operations. Ensuring community involvement in the development of these procedures and policies will be central to the work.



Media contact: Christine Llobregat, 503-823-7007

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Portland City Council gives businesses more time to comply with new single-use plastics reduction policy

It’s all about waste reduction: In October 2019, Portland customers of dine-in, drive-thru, take-out and food delivery businesses will need to request single-use items instead of receiving them automatically.

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News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Friday, June 14, 2019

Christine Llobregat

In late May, Portland City Council approved a new effective date for Portland’s new single-use plastics reduction policy. Starting October 1, 2019, food and beverage retailers in Portland cannot automatically include plastic straws, stirrers, utensils or individually packaged condiments in a customer’s order for dine-in, drive-thru, take-out or delivery. These items can only be provided upon request by the customer.

“A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the plastic problem,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “In 2011, Portlanders did an amazing job moving away from plastic bags at the grocery checkout. Reducing the use of plastic straws and other single-use plastic items is another important step in the right direction.”

The new policy aims to reduce plastic litter and to reduce the use of energy and resources – including fossil fuels – that are needed to make items that are only used once.


Portland City Council updates rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective July 1, 2019, the new rates address higher operating costs for Portland’s 11 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

white woman smiling with brown bag lunch

After a thorough annual review of operating costs, Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps. The increase also includes a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund.

The monthly bill will go up 75 cents per month for most customers beginning July 1, 2019. The rate increase applies to residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2020.

Important reminders for customers

  • Visit for details and rate notices in 11 languages or call your garbage and recycling company.
  • Property owners of residential (1-4 unit) rental properties are required to set up and pay for service for tenants.
  • It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list.
  • Visit to find your company, check your collection schedule and sign up for weekly reminders.

Meet our new director, Andrea Durbin

Director Durbin joined the BPS

BPS welcomed Andrea Durbin this month and, as expected, she is already diving into her role as director. As staff get to know her, we also thought the wider community would appreciate a little insight into what Andrea thinks about the planning and sustainability issues facing Portland. 

Q and A with Andrea

1. With over a decade of environmental leadership and action in Oregon, you have experienced some major successes for the state and the City of Portland. What stands out to you as a success you are most proud to have been a part of?

I am most proud of the leading work I have done on climate change in the state. While we still have more work to do, Oregon is leading nationally toward making the shift to a zero-carbon economy. We have adopted policies to drive toward 100% clean, renewable energy and set a deadline of 2030 to get coal out of Oregon’s energy mix. We are cleaning up our fuel supply with Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, which is also cleaning up our air and providing consumers with cleaner choices to fuel their vehicles. These policies are cornerstones for transitioning to a more resilient economy and reducing carbon pollution that affects the health and livability of our community.

2. The City continues to experience growth that is adversely impacting low-income and communities of color. Where do you see opportunities to reduce harm and provide equitable access to housing?

One of the reasons I am excited about this job is the opportunity to work on affordable housing in Portland and to be more intentional about protecting the most underserved communities from being harmed, and for these same communities to benefit and be lifted as we adapt and grow as a city. This will include updating zoning policies to provide more options for housing that will accommodate different needs of families, from multi-generational families to first-time home buyers and renters.

BPS is working on two important policies that we will be bringing to City Council in the coming months – Better Housing by Design and the Residential Infill Project. Together, these new policies will provide more housing options for Portlanders at lower cost and generally reduce displacement across the city by increasing the supply of housing. We will also be working together with our city and community partners to develop anti-displacement strategies to provide more support for Portland families that are at risk of displacement in certain parts of the city. 

With more and more people moving here, the growth expected over the coming decades requires us to be very intentional about how we ensure that all Portlanders, especially communities of color and low-income families, have opportunities to build wealth and stay in their communities.

3. Where do you see the opportunity for advancing climate action in Portland?

While Portland has been a real climate leader, we will need to step up that action over the next decade. According to the latest science, the next decade of action will be critical for reducing the impact and harm our community will see from climate change. One of the biggest areas to tackle next for Portland will be how to transition to a clean transportation system and reduce the pollution that impacts the health of our communities, especially the communities that bear the burden of environmental pollution: communities of color and low-income communities. We will need to ensure that our transportation system provides clean choices and expands options, access and affordability for all Portlanders. 

With the passage of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative by voters, we are working closely with community partners to develop an effective program to invest in the clean energy transition in communities across the city and help communities of color, low-income and small businesses withstand the impacts of climate change by investing in energy efficiency, clean energy and resiliency programs. We think that this program can be a model for other cities across Oregon and the country. 

I look forward to working with the Mayor and the City Council to update Portland’s Climate Action Plan over the next year to respond to the scientific call for faster action on climate.

4.  What is your biggest hope for the people of Portland?

My hope is that Portland will be a welcoming city for everyone. We’ll have housing and economic choices for new comers and old timers to stay in the city, with housing that is affordable. We will be a more diverse and inclusive city with stronger connectivity between communities. As we grow and welcome more people to Portland, I hope that we manage and address this growth in a way that retains what we love about Portland and want to keep: our unique neighborhoods, our livability, our parks and an engaged, caring community. 

We know that 20 years from now, our city will look and feel different, but it should be even better. We can make decisions today that enhance what our city will feel like tomorrow while safeguarding some of our core values – such as protecting the urban growth boundary, parks and open spaces, increasing access to the outdoors, creating walkable, complete neighborhoods and increasing transportation choices that are safe, accessible and clean. 

My hope is that we can think big, bold and plan for the future we want to see for this great city.

Lightning Round

Favorite Portland Park: Forest Park is one of the city’s treasures.

Favorite Bridge: I generally take Steel bridge or Broadway on my bike commute and love to cross the river each day to work. But St. Johns and the Tillikum bridge are my favorite bridges to look at lit up at night.

Favorite city event: Summertime Music Concerts in the Parks. I love packing a picnic and enjoying music on a summer evening with friends and family.

Favorite restaurant: Depends on my mood and the company. My kids and I love Ethiopian (Beta-Lukas) and Indian (Indian Oven or Hello India). Mediterranean Exploration Company is one of my personal favorites.

Favorite workout: I love barre and spinning. I haven’t tried Burn Cycle yet, but hope to soon.

Last book I read: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate and wine.