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Beer + refillable bottles = delicious savings

Refillable bottles. Reborn.

Oregon beer drinkers have one more reason to feel “hoppy”: Certain beer brands are piloting refillable bottles, which means saving energy and resources. Refillable bottle.

Now beer drinkers not only get their 10-cent bottle return, but also know the environmental benefits are worth more than their dime. The specially made beer bottles can be returned like other Bottle Bill items, however they aren’t crushed like other glass. Instead, they are washed and refilled 25 times before the glass needs to be melted down and recycled.

Double Mountain Brewery and Buoy Beer Company piloted the refillable program and now five other breweries are participating. They are Widmer Brothers Brewing, Gigantic Brewing Company, Goodlife Brewing Company, Wild Ride Brew and Rock Bottom Brewery.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that is leading this initiative, also operates the statewide BottleDrop redemption centers. The beer bottles must be returned to a retailer or BottleDrop. You can get 24 bottles in reusable box crate for a three-dollar deposit.

Watch this video and find a BottleDrop location near you.

PSC News: October 9, 2018 Meeting Recap

Fox Run MDP Map Changes — Hearing / Recommendation; Inclusionary Housing Extension — Hearing / Recommendation; Better Housing by Design — Briefing


  • Fox Run Manufactured Dwelling Park Map Changes — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Inclusionary Housing Extension — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Better Housing by Design — Briefing

Meeting files

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

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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Smart City PDX team shares insights on designing open data projects that serve all Portlanders

Smart City project goal: Make Portland a place where data and technology are used more efficiently to improve lives, especially for those Portlanders in underserved communities.

Two exceptional voices are working on behalf of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to make Portland a city of the future: Smart City PDX Coordinator Christine Kendrick, is an air quality scientist specializing in monitoring, policy, and the public health impacts of air pollution and technical and ethical questions surrounding the use of distributed sensors; and Open Data Coordinator Hector Dominguez, is a scientist with expertise in manufacturing solar concentrators and sustainable manufacturing, and a mixed background in the entrepreneurship, research, and non-profit fields.

Smart City PDX is a citywide initiative focused on learning how data and technology strategies can be used to support and enhance our City goals and programs. Data and technology strategies are being assessed to help improve accessibility for all Portlanders to City services, enhance participation and make collaboration across City bureaus and offices more efficient. Some examples of current Smart City PDX projects and policies include:

  • Air Quality Sensor Deployment- Tests lower-cost air quality sensors to learn how sensors may be used to assess pollution levels before, during, or after construction or development projects. Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI) project- Builds policy and data requirements for potential autonomous vehicle pilots to help deliver potential benefits while also mitigating potential burdens from this emerging technology.
  • Open Data Program- Increase publishing and accessibility of data collected and generated by City of Portland and partners working on behalf of the City. Open data resources combined with improved digital literacy and the City’s digital equity goals can improve information used for decision-making and enhance community engagement.

Hector and Christine share insights about their work

Q: Christine, why should Portlanders be engaged with Smart City PDX? And how will they be able to recognize the impact of this in their communities?

The Smart City PDX initiative is here to better serve Portlanders. We want to give them quicker access to the information or services that they need in a format that is useful. To do this, we need input from all Portlanders (individuals and businesses) as to what their needs are as well as their barriers. For example, we could build a beautiful new web application to deliver important content to our audiences, but if some of our users do not have easy (and affordable) access to the internet than we have failed.

This second question is a question BPS and all Bureaus need to be very aware of. How will we know if our tools/solutions/projects are meeting the needs of the community? I believe that we need to develop metrics (Key Performance Indicators ) at the onset that will quantify the impact that the tool or project is having on various Portlanders, and we should share the metric results as the data comes in. Then we need to be nimble and responsive to those results, so we can change course if needed – all for the benefit of the Portland community.

Q: Hector, you’re from Mexico, what lessons apply from your own community there to your work today with Smart City PDX using data and technology to improve the lives of people in underserved communities?

I think the best learning was always to challenge my assumptions and own bias. I worked with indigenous, rural communities and marginal neighborhoods in Mexico City thinking that people would be and need the same; however, very quickly realized that my own pre-conceptions and expectations were a wall to connect with those communities and be successful with those projects. As I went on collaborating with different communities and customers, I learned the best thing is to listen and understand the context, their history, values and see the humanity in their needs and dreams for a better life through their struggles. I believe those are universal principles that I try to follow now with our Smart City PDX and Open Data program.

Q: Christine, what is Smart City PDX to you personally?

“Data, big data, Internet of Things,” are all popular buzzwords. But without careful planning, organizing and delivery it’s all meaningless. Cities have plenty of existing data, information, stories that need better organization and tools. With the rapid spread of sensor and mobile devices, the amount of data is growing faster than we can deal with it. We need to get the data we already have working better for us and to prepare ourselves for the onrush of data to come. Smart City PDX means turning data into knowledge, and providing that knowledge to the people so they thrive. We want Portlanders to feel empowered to work with their own data.

Q: You have a background in entrepreneurship, research, non-profit organizations, robotics and automation, and artificial intelligence. What areas do you draw from the most in your work with Smart City PDX?

For me, the Smart Cities term is the latest iteration for building that evolving social environment that we call city, neighborhood, or country. The complexities of our modern world are beyond any individual and it is only the collective knowledge and intelligence that may have a chance in resolving those major challenges. In that sense, Cybernetics, the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things, is the one main source for giving a first step to understand that complexity; however, implementation needs to be done in solid ground as every action has a consequence. So, having the triple balance between economic prosperity (entrepreneurship), Sustainability (Permaculture) and Social values (Non-profit and social entrepreneurship worlds) will help us with those next steps to implement my work on Smart City PDX.

Learn more about Smart City PDX at

Planning and Sustainability Commission directs Residential Infill Project staff to revise RIP proposals to reflect their amendments

Commissioners felt the initial proposals didn’t go far enough to address the housing shortage in Portland.

Since public hearings on draft zoning changes to create more housing options in Portland’s residential neighborhoods last May, the PSC held a series of work sessions on the RIP proposals. Over the course of 8 work sessions, they deliberated over the technical details of the proposal. The result is a series of amendments to the proposed zoning code and map changes.

At their September 11 work session, the PSC reviewed these amendments and gave staff the nod to begin revising the zoning code language and maps to incorporate their changes. 

Prioritizing housing choice and options
The Commission’s revised proposals would allow a wide range of housing types, including triplexes and fourplexes in single-dwelling zones. They also pushed to broaden the area where these housing choices would be allowed. To address the demolition of single-family homes, they created more incentives to retain existing houses, such as allowing them to be split into multiple units. They pushed for more flexibility for accessory dwelling units to incentivize their construction. And they looked for ways to create more homeownership opportunities for first-time buyers.

"If we continue our pattern of development today of tearing down smaller existing homes and building much larger single-family homes, we will lose the opportunity to create more housing options," said PSC Chair Katherine Schultz. “With our amendments, we’re prioritizing a wide range of housing types over single-family homes, internal conversions over demolition, the environment over increased consumption of land, and great neighborhoods for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.”

Watch the video(s)
You can watch the PSC as they give staff direction on their amendments to the Proposed Draft. The RIP discussion begins at 1:09:00.

Read the materials
You can also review staff-prepared work session materials for the September 11 work session and preliminary vote. Recaps of previous work sessions are also available on the RIP news updates.

Next steps
Once project staff have written the code to implement the proposed changes and revised the map, they will come back to the PSC for a final vote later this fall.

The public will be able to weigh in on the PSC’s recommended map and code after they are forwarded to City Council, which will hold public hearings and accept written testimony on the RIP Recommended Draft.

Want more information?
Visit the project website.

Or give us a call:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

Helping Portlanders reduce single-use plastics

Community survey available in multiple languages; response deadline extended to October 15.

Portland City Council asked BPS to help the Mayor’s office develop a strategy to reduce single-use plastics. This summer, BPS and the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler coordinated a review of other city policies, three work group meetings and a community feedback survey to hear from a broader audience.

To be more inclusive, the survey has been translated into six different languages: Simple and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian. To fill out the translated survey, or to request additional translation services, visit: The deadline to receive feedback has been extended until Oct. 15, 2018.

Some of the ideas that have been considered include reducing plastic straws by making them available upon request, reducing plastic utensils and condiment packets by having employees ask customers if they need them, increasing opportunities for reusable service ware in dine-in scenarios and coordinating a campaign to raise awareness about the need to reduce over consumption of single-use plastics.

Plastics Reduction Report to Council Delayed

The original plan for reporting to Council was September 26, which has been delayed to open up a longer period for receiving public feedback. A report and recommendation to Council will be presented sometime this Fall. Please visit to track the policy development.