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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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Green Street Stewards make a ton (literally) of difference

Corrected: Our sharp-eyed readers noticed that we left out our Most Valuable Partner Award winner. So we are honoring them twice - at the top of this page and as a finale: Thank you to the Portland chapter of Surfriders for helping us in "keeping it clean upstream.

(March 4, 2020) - Green streets do a lot of work for Portlanders, so it’s only fitting to recognize how much Portlanders are doing for the city’s green streets.Photo of green street stewards

Throughout Portland, more than 2,000 green streets - the rain gardens that are planted along curb sides - act as sponges. The plants and soils collect and filter stormwater, keeping pollutants out of our rivers and creeks, and adding green spaces and wildlife habitat to our neighborhoods.

Environmental Services' Green Street Steward program enrolls and supports volunteers to help maintain green streets in their neighborhoods.If you're not already, you can sign up to become a Green Street Steward at  In 2019, they (you!) made more than a ton of difference. Here are the numbers:

380 volunteer hours 

1552 gallons of trash collected

1969 gallons of debris collected

To thank the stewards who went above and beyond in a few categories (total hours, debris collected, trash collected, and most interesting find), we awarded these certificates:

Our 2019 trash champion is Kenny McCollum with 152 gallons of trash collected.

Our 2019 debris champions are Susan and Ben Donora with 395 gallons of debris collected.

 The resident who contributed the most time is Lyle Remington (not pictured) with 96 hours throughout last year.

Our business winners are:

 Our trash champion for 2019 is Pinehurst Management with 235 gallons of trash collected and the most dedicated with 49.75 hours.


Our debris champion this year is Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. with 155 gallons of debris collected.

The business with the most interesting find is Environmental Science Association with a bike frame, headlamp, tent pole, large pile of foam batting, and half a cell phone.

One last category is the MVP (Most Valuable Partner). This year's MVP is the Portland chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The MVP award is given to an organization that we believe has gone above and beyond in relation to the Green Streets Stewards Program.  This organization has contributed hours, resources, and volunteers to cleaning up green streets and surrounding areas around Portland. Congratulations and thank you, Surfriders for "keeping it clean upstream."


Thank you again to all award winners and to each of our stewards for the difference made for our program, your neighborhood, and our city. Find out more and sign up here: or email us at