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A few weeks ago we announced that the Ecoroof Blog would be expanding to cover the spectrum of green infrastructure projects in Portland. So we're excited to officially introduce the City of Portland's City Green blog. And it's the perfect time for it - May has been a busy month!
In early May we celebrated more than five years of accomplishments under the Portland Watershed Management Plan with an update to City Council, which was great timing with River Rally 2012 in town at the same time. A brief presentation highlighted the success of green infrastructure projects like Tabor to the River, East Lents Floodplain Restoration, and the Crystal Springs creek restoration. Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting Portland’s ongoing work for healthy rivers and streams. We had great testimony from community partners about the positive impacts of ecoroofs, tree planting, and depaving parking lots to add green space to neighborhoods, as well as the importance of ongoing conservation efforts in the city. Thank you to the thousands of volunteers, community organizations, business partners and other city bureaus that help improve our urban watersheds!
We also welcomed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Portland. Mayor Sam Adams and BES staff led a tour of Portland green infrastructure projects, and produced this great video.
The 2012 Ecoroof Symposium took place on May 18th. Over 150 professionals from across the design, construction, and development industries attended. The event included several speakers presenting on ecoroof costs and benefits, and a Vendor Showcase with 20 leading green roof companies.
And finally, the end of May always means Great Blue Heron Week and Pedalpalooza, which includes the Neighborhoods to Nature ride to look at green infrastructure and neighborhood greenway projects, with a picnic and bluegrass music to end the day at Columbia Park.
Over the next few weeks we'll be posting more about our green infrastructure work, so check back in at www.portlandonline.com/bes/CityGreen. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed, and you can go here to learn how.