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From our director, Susan Anderson

Spring is here and that means flowers, a bit of sunshine, Earth Week and the 18th annual BEST Awards Breakfast!! (BPS E-News Issue 5)

Spring is here and that means flowers, a bit of sunshine, Earth Week and the 18th annual BEST Awards Breakfast!!
Please join me on April 20th as we honor leading, local companies that promote environmental quality and social equity as they make and sell their goods and services locally, nationally and internationally.  
Mayor Sam Adams will host the event and reveal this year's finalists, chosen from more than 60 applicant companies.  The keynote address will feature Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All.  Her inspirational presentation will focus on sustainabilty leadership in the 21st Century, and how Portland must lead the way for the rest of the country.  (Learn more at  
This year's event is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Tickets are going quickly, so don't be disappointed -- as we have capped attendance at 600 this year.  Interest in the BEST awards and sustainable practices has increased dramatically as Portland firms realize the economic potential of products and services that enhance our community and personal health.
Hundreds of Portland companies are making a difference every day -- Come and learn more about what makes them sustainability leaders, and how your business can be a winner, too!   And, if you haven't made the call yet, please contact the BEST Business Center for a free sustainabilty assessment and a customized plan.  (
Look forward to seeing you at the BEST awards.  And, who knows?  Maybe this time next year we will be honoring your company as one of the BEST in Portland.

Susan Anderson

BEST Awards Breakfast
April 20, 2010  
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Hilton and Executive Towers
921 SW Sixth Ave.

Portland Plan moves into Phase II

BPS E-news Issue 5

The Portland Plan will be the City's roadmap for the next 25 years, guiding our direction as the city grows and changes. We face some real challenges, and our response to those challenges will create the Portland of 2035 — the city of our children and grandchildren.

As we wrap up Phase One of the Portland Plan and prepare for Phase Two, we’re summarizing what we’ve learned so far and taking Portlanders’ input to develop a set of draft 2035 goals that the community can evaluate this spring.

During Phase One, we heard from more than 8,000 Portlanders through our print and online surveys. We spoke with nearly 1,000 people who participated in workshops across the city and another 1,500 Portlanders at smaller community meetings, including one at New Columbia, one with several Latino organizations; another at New Columbia; and, an event with the Connected Communities Coalition.

Here’s what they had to say: Jobs, education, equity, public health and sustainability are important to the people of Portland. Overwhelmingly, people understand that a healthy economy means that more people have access to living wages, and that means more people can afford housing, healthy food and a quality education.

For those interested in business development, the Portland Plan team developed a business survey, which can be filled out online.

Work Sessions

In March we held a series of nine work sessions focused on each of the action areas to help staff and the technical action groups refine the goals we’ll be rolling out for public input during the Phase Two workshops. These sessions helped generate valuable feedback. For instance, the Design, Planning and Public Spaces work session attracted more than 80 participants to the Ecotrust building, who joined in discussing future direction with a panel of experts and community members.  In this session, popular topics of discussion included possibilities for more "20-minute neighborhoods" where people can walk or bike to meet basic needs, fostering streets as places that unite instead of divide neighborhoods, and the challenge of preserving community character and landmarks in the midst of ongoing change.

Youth Outreach

youth bomb workbookYouth have been intensely involved in Portland Plan outreach as well. Youth Planners created the YOUth BOMB survey (pictured below), which is a youth version of the Portland Plan survey.  Youth had the opportunity to weigh in about quality of their education, neighborhoods and housing, employment opportunities and training, parks and recreation, and diversity and equity citywide.  YPP has enlisted the Library Teen Councils at Rockwood, Holgate and Midland libraries to see which group can get the most surveys filled out. Competition is fierce, and the winning teen council will enjoy an ice cream social to celebrate their victory. Results of the surveys are being compiled now.  Check Portland Plan website for results as they come in.  Stay tuned for new youth rockin Portland Plan workshops and opportunities for Youth to Build Your Own Portland!

Community Engagement

Other outreach efforts have focused on the Diversity and Civic Leadership partner organizations (NAYA, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Latino Network, IRCO and Urban League), faith-based groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, seniors, parent and educator groups, employers, and the disabled through Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC).

Get Ready for Phase Two

The Phase Two workshops kick off on April 26th with the first of six workshops around the city. During this phase we’ll look at some proposed long-range goals to address the issues Portland faces. We’ll discuss what big changes we should aim for and gather practical ideas for how to make them happen. Please save the date, bring your friends and family and invite your neighbors to join us in a conversation about our city’s future.

And look for the Curbsider in your mailbox this week, which includes a new survey with questions about proposed objectives and targets for 2035.

For more information about the Portland Plan, visit Fan the Plan on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (

Clean Energy Works Portland: Improve your home’s comfort and value with no upfront costs. Really.

BPS E-news Issue 5

Homeowners have long faced tough decisions about spending limited home improvement budgets on home insulation, in lieu of a kitchen upgrade or a roof repair. Clean Energy Works Portland helps homeowners create energy efficient homes with no upfront costs. This unique pilot program is designed to help homeowners improve the value of their homes in a real estate market that values green upgrades, with no initial cash outlay. The cost of the energy-efficient improvements will be financed through a low-cost, long-term loan that the homeowner can repay over 20 years on their utility bill.

Be one of the first 500 Portlanders to take part in the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot. The pilot is helping qualified Portland homeowners finance and install high-impact energy saving improvements, such as new insulation or the installation of a high efficiency furnace or water heater. Homeowners are paired with a certified Building Performance Institute contractor and receive one-on-one guidance from an Energy Advocate. This team will assess and prioritize the home’s energy-saving opportunities, and help the homeowner decide which improvements to make. The contractor will then install the energy-saving upgrades to the home.

Thanks to federal stimulus funding, homeowners will pay no upfront costs. To date, participants have financed between $4,000 and $20,000 worth of energy upgrades to their home. The average loan amount is $11,000.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Go to now to learn more and apply. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to apply soon!

Brought to you by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon and other organizations.

Food and Climate Change: Step Up to the Plate

A City Hall Garden celebration/info fair and climate discussion with Anna Lappé BPS E-news Issue 5

A City Hall Garden celebration/info fair and climate discussion with Anna Lappé

According to author Anna Lappé, "If we are serious about addressing climate change we have to talk about food."
Lappé will lead that conversation in Portland on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Portland Building when she participates in a panel discussion, Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate. This free event will also include other area experts discussing how food affects our personal and environmental health and the simple steps we all can take to make a difference.

The panel will follow a celebration of Portland City Hall's Better Together Garden's second year and a food gardening information fair. OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, The Portland Tree Project and the City of Portland Community Garden program will be present to answer questions in the garden at 1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Portland.

Lappé's recently released book, Diet for a Hot Planet, The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, states that our food system is likely responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, Johns Hopkins University reports that of four thousand articles on climate change published in sixteen leading U.S. newspapers, only 1 percent had a "substantial focus" on food and agriculture.

Just as Diet for a Small Planet, written by Anna's mother, Francis Moore Lappé, revolutionized our food consciousness in 1972, Diet for a Hot Planet will change the way we look at today's most pressing issue. Anna Lappé provides a clear account of our current condition and a road map of seven principles for a climate-friendly diet that can heal the planet.

Food and Climate Change: Step Up to the Plate

Sunday April 18, 2010

1 p.m. Rededication of the City Hall Better Together Garden

Portland City Hall (1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue)

See the spring plantings and get vegetable gardening advice from OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, The Portland Fruit Tree Project, and the City of Portland Community Gardens program.

2 p.m.  Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate

Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Avenue)  

Anna Lappé, television host and author of Diet for a Hot Planet
Scott Givot, President, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth
Allison Hensey, Oregon Environmental Council
Kunmar Venkat, President, CleanMetrics
Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs, City of Portland

For more details, visit or call Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225.

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