The Green Street Steward program started with one person calling the City and expressing interest in helping keep green streets clean and functioning. Out of that one call, came a program that now involves almost 200 volunteers who help maintain Environmental Services' green street planters in their neighborhoods. Green streets filter and absorb stormwater, keeping pollutants out of creeks and rivers and adding green spaces and wildlife habitat to our neighborhoods.
We’ve asked volunteer stewards to report back, and the very impressive results are in for 2018:
514 hours volunteering
1297 gallons of trash collected
1631 gallons of debris (leaves, sticks, weeds, etc.) collected
After tallying the accomplishments for 2018, the Green Street Steward Program awarded certificates and a prize to the following stewards for going above and beyond in the following categories.
The Green Street Steward team is grateful for the work of community members to help maintain green streets, and we know there’s even more work happening that we don’t hear about! So volunteers: remember to tally your hours. And if you're not a volunteer yet, join us by visiting www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreetstewards or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Business winners were:
Most trash collected Oregon’s Finest 75 gallons.
Most debris collected Environmental Science Associates (ESA) 435 gallons.
Most interesting find PBS Environmental - they found a rug and utensils.
Most hours logged Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Inc (HDR) 38 hours.
Our individual winners were:
Most trash collected William Scheuner with 58 gallons (no picture)
Most debris collected Chris Prescott with 85 gallons
The most interesting find Jeff and Sarah Lyons oyster shells
Most hours logged Lyle Remington 70 hours (no picture)
We also handed out an MVP (Most Valuable Partner) award to the Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter for organizing monthly and special holiday volunteer events to collect a total of 420 pounds of trash. (Photo credit: Chanel Hason)