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In a time of excess, too much turkey is being tossed
For years, we have worked together to make our city healthier, more livable and vibrant.
Together, we have:
Cut carbon emissions by 41 percent per person (since 1990)!
Increased compost and recycling from 46 percent to almost 70 percent over the past five years.
Enhanced the livability of our neighborhoods by supporting local businesses and growing neighborhood centers.
Decreased our reliance on gasoline by 29 percent per person (since 1990). About 6 percent of Portlanders bike to work and transit ridership has doubled!
Doubled the number of farmers markets and community-supported agriculture farms (CSAs) serving Portland in the past eight years.
Installed more than 5,600 solar systems.
Energy efficiency information for more than 800 commercial buildings is now available in an online map
The public can view and compare energy efficiency information for more than 800 commercial buildings within the city of Portland. Similar to labels on consumer products, such as cars and appliances, building energy ratings help tenants and prospective purchasers understand how much energy a building uses and how that might affect operating costs.
In 2015, the City of Portland passed an ordinance requiring buildings that are 20,000 square feet and larger to track and report energy performance. Buildings are the single largest contributor to carbon emissions in Multnomah County, making them a critical area of focus in the City's efforts to combat climate change. Existing commercial buildings have shown little improvement in energy efficiency over the past three decades.
Across the nation, cities are addressing this problem through mandatory energy reporting and disclosure requirements. Building managers enter energy usage information and building details into ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, a free online tool that calculates metrics describing how the building performs. Tracking this information is the most common first step for a building owner in considering whether to make operational adjustments or building upgrades that could ultimately result in cost savings and carbon emissions reductions.
Building managers report their energy performance metrics to the City annually and that information is then made publicly available. The data reported in 2017 has been published and can be explored in an easy-to-use, interactive online map. Users can view and compare buildings according to their size, use type, energy performance, compliance status and whether the building’s score has been verified by professional. The same information can also be viewed in a sortable spreadsheet.
In addition, each year the City analyzes the data and publishes an annual report summarizing broader trends in energy performance. The analysis examines how buildings of different uses and ages perform compared to their peers and how energy performance has changed over time.
Online interactive Building Energy Map: www.portlandmaps.com/bps/buildingenergy
List of 2017 verified top performing buildings: www.portlandmaps.com/bps/buildingenergy/#/list
Energy Performance Reporting program website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/energyreporting
In a time of excess, too much turkey is being tossed
Plan ahead for holiday meals – way ahead in fact – to decrease your chances of wasting good food. Tips for ways to save food abound for a reason. In a time of excess, too much turkey is being tossed.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw away about 204 million pounds of turkey meat after Thanksgiving. That number doesn’t even include other leftover foods like side dishes and desserts.
Check out the Guest-imator!
Save the Food offers cooks and eaters alike options for food-and-money saving tips. The latest tool is the Guest-imator, a dinner party calculator that estimates how much food you need to keep your guests full and happy. What a concept!
Visit a local farmers’ market
There are some farmers’ markets open year-round and even more open for Thanksgiving, so it’s a great time to get back out to the market. The farmers market map allows shoppers to find a market based on the neighborhood and the day they want to shop.
Choose from a wide variety of seasonal food that tastes fresh and looks beautiful on your plate, including apples, pears, cranberries, winter squash, hazelnuts, walnuts, chard, kale, leeks, beets and potatoes.
Don’t be afraid to try some creative uses for leftovers either. Leftover turkey curry or turkey breakfast tacos, anyone?
Compost what can’t be used
And when you’ve gotten everything out of your meal, add the turkey bones and any other food left to your kitchen compost container or directly in your green Portland Composts! roll cart. Get a detailed list of what goes in the green compost roll cart.
Home energy saving resources.
The Citywide Green Team has put together a list of free resources to help you save energy and money at home. Find the one that’s best for you, set yourself a deadline and get going. We’d like to hear from you.
Top five ways to take your energy savings home
Now that you are turning off your computer when not in use, it’s time to think about energy saving actions to take at home. The Citywide Green Team has put together a list of free resources to help you save energy and money at home:
For the ultimate DIYer, use this tool to create a very detailed energy audit of your home. Seattle has put together this comprehensive home energy audit kit.