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Green Team launches citywide communications with a message from Mayor Wheeler

City employees demonstrating green practices

Happy Earth Day to the 6,000+ City Employees that make this City work!

Running an efficient city is our job and we all do it well. Efficiency is determined by many factors – among them are major capital investments, like solar energy and LED streetlights, to the day-to-day choices we make to save time, money and resources.

Over the past 20 years the City of Portland has become an international leader in sustainability. And the projects that got us here have saved money to the tune of $61 million dollars in gas and electricity bills. Recently Portland was recognized as the nation’s first Salmon-Safe City and awarded by C40 for the Best Climate Action Plan in the World. This year, City operations are powered by 100 percent renewable energy!

It’s critical that we walk our talk here at the City. Did you know that the City and County recently committed to reaching 100 percent renewable energy for the entire community by 2050? That means in three decades every home, school, hospital, vehicle and business will be carbon-free.

Remember: Little things add up

From turning off your computer at night to using a refillable water bottle, your everyday choices make a difference. Every day, each of you can make small changes that really add up.

Your colleagues in the Citywide Green Team want to share new ideas (and some classics) for running a healthier, more efficient and sustainable workplace. Keep an eye out for ideas and reminders for everyday opportunities to make city operations more efficient. We’ll also feature special projects, major accomplishments and a little friendly competition to keep you on your toes.

Keep it going

Remember that great efficiency ideas come from you. Look around your workplace and find ways to save energy, water and recycle.


Program staff are ready to answer questions and provide resources. Visit or email

Portland Police Bureau flips the switch to begin solar production at North Precinct

The recently installed rooftop solar array consists of 195 panels and is expected to reduce the Police precinct’s electricity costs by 6 percent annually.

Solar project at North Precinct

On March 27th, 2017 Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct station “flipped the switch” to officially begin renewable energy production at the recently completed rooftop solar array. The system, consisting of 195 individual solar panels, is expected to produce about 70,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. That translates into an estimated 6 percent reduction of purchased power, saving the police precinct approximately $6,650 per year on electricity costs.

The North Precinct site, located at 449 N.E Emerson was chosen because of its prominence in the neighborhood and its suitability as a solar system host. The building has excellent access to the sun, a brand new roof and approval from Police Bureau leadership and the facility managers. The project received strong support from local businesses, schools and the neighboring community.

One hundred percent of the renewable electricity produced will be used by the North Police Precinct. Savings from the onsite energy production will flow through the operating budget of the Portland Police Bureau, the City’s General Fund and ultimately shared with taxpayers. This project was made possible with $175,151 in funding support from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program customers. Energy Trust of Oregon also provided an incentive of $50,168. 

What’s the Green Loop?

Find out at the upcoming Design Week.

As Design Week PDX (DWP) gets ready to kick off this weekend, we’re busy prepping all the goodies for our Green Loop displays, interactive exhibits and discussions. This concept for a six-mile linear park around Portland’s urban core is the star attraction of DWP, starting with the opening night party on Saturday evening.

The loop is the brainchild of our Urban Design Studio and part of the Central City 2035 plan (a “Big Idea”). Last year, the University of Oregon/Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape held a design competition called Loop PDX, which invited designers to flesh out the circular open space concept. Untitled Studios, a group of young designers, won the $20,000 prize and has spent the past year refining and expanding the concept based on a lot of public outreach.

They will be sharing their latest work at DWP Headquarters at The Redd all next week.

See what others are saying about it:

KATU’s Afternoon Live and BPS show you how to include the food for Earth Day

Make Earth Day every day by collecting kitchen food scraps for your green roll cart

When you keep food scraps out of the landfill, you celebrate Earth Day every day of the year!

Alicia Polacok from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shares why, how and when to collect your kitchen food scraps for curbside composting (for Portland residents who live in a single-family home or smallplex of 2-4 units).

Watch the video from KATU Afternoon Live and learn some new tips!

Video of Alicia Polacok at KATU

Want to see more videos about your green Portland Composts! roll cart?
Check them out online at

PSC News: April 25, 2017 Meeting Information and Documents

Solid Waste and Recycling Rates — briefing; Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion Pedestrian Easement — briefing and comment; Design Overlay Zone Assessment — briefing


Revised April 21, 2017

  • Solid Waste & Recycling Rates — briefing
  • Design Overlay Zone Assessment — briefing

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An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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