Much of our work at BPS is focused on creating a better future — from long range planning for the Portland Plan, to advanced sustainable technologies, to charting the future for the Willamette River and our neighborhoods — but BPS is also very much about today. Through dozens of partnerships, BPS works with businesses and residents to develop creative, yet practical, solutions that improve our everyday lives. Improvements that save money, promote a cleaner environment, build healthier neighborhoods and more efficient businesses.
There's plenty of good news in the here and now to celebrate:
- The recently adopted River Plan is a major milestone that will ensure industrial development will thrive, while creating new opportunities to clean up and reduce impacts on the natural environment.
- Portland's total carbon emissions, related to climate change, are now below 1990 levels, while U.S. total emissions are up seven percent.
- More than 400 homes have been weatherized through Clean Energy Works Portland — with no up front cash from homeowners. (See story in this issue.)
- And, in 2010 alone — another 400 homeowners have installed solar electric (photovoltaic) systems on their homes.
- More than 19,000 people have been involved in developing the Portland Plan through workshops, surveys, meetings and events.
- Portlanders are recycling 67 percent of total residential and commercial waste — TWICE the national average.
- More than 2.7 million BPS website page views were recorded in 2010.
- Portland has more than 100 LEED-certified green buildings.
- And, we have a new 11-member, Planning and Sustainability Commission ensuring that health, economic prosperity, and equity are central to land use and future decision-making.
So we are heading in the right direction.
We are cutting costs for residents and businesses and finding ways to grow jobs while protecting the environment, and encouraging development of walkable, livable neighborhoods.
Thank you for your participation at home, in your neighborhood, and at work. Your actions and involvement do make a difference.
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability