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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Ecoroof Fun in Holman Park

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More than a dozen enthusiastic Woodlawn neighbors and BES staff gathered in the newly revised Holman Pocket Park on Saturday, May 5th to install an ecoroof on the new park kiosk.  Community members donated plants from their gardens, tools, labor, pumice, waterproofing materials and edging while BES provided cinder, compost and sedum cuttings.  

Neighbors also installed a bike fix-it station at the kiosk which includes a pump and other tools generously donated by Upcycles Bike Shop.  Word on the street confirms that bike commuters have been putting these tools to use!     

Since the work party, neighbors have continued to help the project grow by watering the plants through the unseasonably warm weather following the installation.

Special thanks to community member Travis Scrivner for his expert help designing and installing the edging! 

Streets Reconsidered: Inclusive Design for the Public Realm

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Streets Reconsidered: Inclusive Design for the Public Realm

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Daniel Iacofano, Ph.D., FAICP, FASLA, Principal, CEO, MIG, Inc., Berkeley, CA
Mukul Malhotra, Principal, Director of Urban Design, MIG, Inc., Berkeley, CA

Join us for an evening learning about the most innovative approaches to street design from cities around the world. Come learn how streets can be places that support transportation and community interaction, play, sustainability and more as part of the re:Streets project.

re:Streets is a multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on the planning, design and construction of streets as a method for improving our built environment. It pushes beyond the current standards to explore the future of streets and what America’s roadways would be like if they were designed for living.

Daniel Iacofano and Mukul Malhotra, MIG principals and leads on the National Endowment for the Arts-funded re:Streets project will share inspiring ideas and lead a lively discussion on the future of streets.

This presentation will also be an opportunity to explore ideas for implementing the Portland Plan’s concept of a citywide greenway network that will weave nature into the city, link neighbor to neighbor, and better connect Portlanders to streams and rivers, schools, parks, natural areas, regional trails and neighborhood hubs.

For more information contact:
Bill Cunningham, City Planner

Anne Nelson, Environmental Program Coordinator

The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.
Notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700,
by the TTY line at 503- 823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900

Explorando el Columbia Slough - June 16

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Please join us at this free family friendly festival!


Explorando el Columbia Slough

Sabado, el 16 de Junio / Saturday, June 16

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave.  Portland

(2 blocks north of Columbia Boulevard)


¡Celébrase la naturaleza en la ciudad y el ambiente del Columbia Slough!  Este festival bilingüe de la familia y el medio ambiente ofrece actividades en español y ingles para todos las edades.  ¡GRATIS!

Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival celebrates nature and offers activities in English and Spanish for all ages. FREE!

Information: Melissa Sandoz, 503.281.1132

PS: Volunteers needed and much appreciated

Biophilic Cities Website Expands

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Back in January, the City of Portland hosted Dr. Timothy Beatley for two presentations on the significance of nature in cities. His project Biophilic Cities is expanding to connect leading countries across the world that are working to preserve and protect their relationships with the natural world. The project now includes a blog with more frequent updates and interesting snapshots of work around the globe. 

Did you miss Dr. Beatley's presentation in January at the Pacific Northwest College of Art? If so, you can see a slideshow and download an mp3 recording of the talk from PNCA's Untitled publication website

Stay tuned for updates on this project by subscribing to their email list on the home page, or by liking their Facebook page

Presentation - Actions for Watershed Health - Tuesday June 19th

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Actions for Watershed Health

Celebrating Portland’s Progress for Healthy Rivers and Streams Since 2006

Tuesday, June 19th

Noon to 1:00 pm

Portland Building Auditorium

1120 SW Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor

Portland, OR 97204

In 2006, Portland’s City Council adopted Actions for Watershed Health: The Portland Watershed Management Plan, which maps out a holistic “watershed approach” for addressing water quality, endangered species, and other issues.

Jane Bacchieri of Environmental Services and others will describe how the City and its partners have put the plan in action through a green mosaic of projects and programs that are improving our rivers and streams.


Come learn how Portland is integrating green streets, tree-planting, stream restoration and more to create a wave of watershed improvement.



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