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Become a Green Street Steward and Plant in Your Neighborhood Green Street


This fall, Environmental Services is rolling out a new planting policy for the Green Streets Stewards program. Since 2010, the program has supported community interest in the maintenance of Portland's green streets. The city takes care of green streets and welcomes help from the community. Green Street Stewards help with simple activities that include picking up trash, removing leaves and debris, and occasional weeding and watering.

Collecting garbage from a green street can help it manage stormwater runoff. 

Green street stewards remove weeds from facilities so that plant communities stay healthy. 

The new planting policy allows Stewards to help in the design of their adopted green streets (after approval of a planting plan). Now, instead of only pulling weeds, Stewards can actually add plants and beautify the facilities. Want to be as cool as a fish and help keep our rivers clean? Sign up to be a Green Street Steward! Here's how:

Step 1: Adopt a green street in your neighborhood (sign up here).

Step 2: Check out the Suggested Plant Guide for some ideas, but feel free to be creative beyond those listed.

Step 3: Follow the planting guidelines: the plants must be perennials/bulbs, maximum 36 inches tall at maturity (visibility issues) and cannot be invasive or edible.

Step 4: Submit your design to or

Green Street Stewards Program

400 SW 6th Ave, Suite 200

Portland, OR, 97204

Step 5: Plant your plants! (in the fall or spring, to have the best chances of plant survival)

Step 6: Keep up with all of your other Green Street Steward duties, like clearing out the openings!

If you have any questions, always feel free to send us an email at:


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