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NW Natural site of Portland Plan Business Forum on April 29

Business community invited to weigh in on draft strategies for Portland's future

Most Portlanders understand the connection between a robust local economy and a healthy, prosperous community. We know that the quality of education, the environment, housing and civic life is enhanced when Portland's businesses can thrive and provide jobs.

To hear the voice of the business community and to get their feedback on the draft strategies, the Portland Plan team is holding a Business Forum on Friday, April 29. Business leaders and others are invited to share their insights and opinions during the early morning event. Coffee and pastries will be served.

postcardPortland Plan Business Forum

Friday, April 29, 2011
7:30–9:30 a.m.
NW Natural, 220 NW 2nd Avenue
4th Floor Hospitality Room


7:30–8 a.m. - Coffee and networking
8–9:30 a.m. - Portland Plan overview, feedback and Q&A

The Portland Plan will be the city’s road map for the next 25 years, guiding our decisions and investments as Portland grows and changes. Input from a broad spectrum of the community has helped shaped the draft strategies addressing four key areas in the plan: 

  • Economic Prosperity and Affordability
  • Healthy Connected Neighborhoods
  • Education
  • Equity 

These draft strategies will be reviewed through mid-May, and then revised based on feedback from the community before they are included in the draft Portland Plan later this year. Don't miss your chance to give your input on the plan.

Learn about the draft strategies and tell us what you think at or in person at the Portland Plan Business Forum on April 29.

For more information about the Portland Plan or the Business Forum, please call 503-823-7700.

BPS News: City of Portland recognizes seven sustainable local businesses at the 19th annual BEST Awards

Award recipients are leaders of Portland's green economy and model sustainable business practices


JoEllen Carothers

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


April 19, 2011


City of Portland recognizes seven local businesses at the 19th annual BEST Awards

Award recipients are leaders of Portland's green economy and model sustainable business practices

Portland, Ore. -- Portland's top awards for business sustainability were revealed today at the 19th annual Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards Breakfast presented by the BEST Business Center and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The BEST Awards recognizes businesses demonstrating a commitment to excellence in sustainable business practices.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams presented the awards at the breakfast held on Tuesday, April 19 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. The keynote address was delivered by Nicky Gavron, member of the London Assembly and former Deputy Mayor of London, who spoke about the importance of political and business leadership working hand in hand in London’s campaign against climate change.

“With so many local businesses committed to integrating sustainability in their products, services and operations, today’s winners have distinguished themselves as true leaders in green innovation,” said Mayor Adams. “The City of Portland is proud to cultivate an environment where businesses that embrace social and environmental sustainability thrive and prosper.”

The winners of the 19th annual BEST Awards are listed by category, below:

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Large

Rose Quarter/Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter have demonstrated great leadership in their field, beginning with extensive assessments of their carbon footprint, and following with impressive reductions in energy, waste, water and transportation, as well as sustainable purchasing and promotion of these efforts to local fans and national peers.

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Medium

Coffee Bean International

Coffee Bean International has made tremendous strides in developing innovative ways to reduce coffee's collective carbon footprint, improve the social equity of millions of coffee growers, increase the attention paid to sustainable coffee-growing methods, and deliver a massive reduction in landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

BEST Practices for Sustainability – Small

DeSantis Landscapes

For two generations, DeSantis Landscapes has been going above and beyond landscape industry standards to reduce water and fuel use, improve soil quality, support employees, and educate clients and peers about sustainability.

BEST Practices for Sustainability - Very Small

Barbur Storage

Barbur Storage stands out among their industry peers for their achievements in minimizing their impact on the environment through waste reduction, sustainable purchasing, energy efficiency upgrades and customer education.

Green Building

Port of Portland Headquarters

The Port of Portland's recently completed headquarters building is a three-story, 200,000 square-foot office space designed to reduce energy use, conserve water, use sustainable building materials, and model innovative green building features such as the Living Machine onsite wastewater treatment system.

Sustainable Food Systems

Doubletree Hotel Portland

The Doubletree Hotel Portland has made great efforts to make their food service more sustainable – including seasonal menus, buying directly from local food producers, increasing the amount of locally produced food, and dramatically reducing landfill-bound food waste through donations and composting.

Sustainable Products or Services

B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery

B-Line uses heavy-duty, electric-assist trike trucks to deliver up to 800 pounds of goods per trip within the downtown core, eliminating fuel and exhaust-heavy delivery vehicles, back-hauling donated food products to non-profit partners, and developing local manufacturing for their innovative trike trucks.

For more information:

About the BEST Awards

Since 1993, the BEST Awards have been presented annually to Portland area companies demonstrating excellence in business practices that promote social equity, economic growth and environmental benefits.

The mission of the BEST Awards is to inspire the business community by showcasing innovation and commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability.

The 2011 BEST Awards are presented by the BEST Business Center, a program of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon, Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Development Commission, Metro and Chinook Book.

About the BEST Business Center

The BEST Business Center provides free tools and advice to help businesses in Portland, Oregon become more profitable and sustainable. It is a partnership of city and regional government programs and energy utilities, including the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, Pacific Power, Portland Development Commission and Portland General Electric.


BPS News: Portland's energy efficiency remodel program a win for homeowners and community

Program founded by Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability applauded by state leaders for creating jobs

27 April 2011

Christine Llobregat
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Lee Collinge


Portland's energy efficiency remodel program a win for homeowners and community

Program founded by Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability applauded by state leaders for creating jobs 

Portland, ORE. -- State leaders including Gov. John Kitzhaber, Representatives Jules Bailey (D-Portland), Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) and Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg), gathered this week at Oregon's capitol to celebrate the successful statewide launch of Clean Energy Works Oregon, a newly formed nonprofit focused on home energy efficiency upgrades, job creation and energy savings. At the gathering, they took note of the early job creation successes of the program.

Currently, Clean Energy Works Oregon is available in the Portland Metro region and the Rogue Valley. Next month, the program will launch in the Klamath Basin. Additional communities, including Lane County, Hood River, Astoria, Bend and Pendleton, are expected to introduce the program this summer and fall.

"What began in Portland with a 500-home pilot is now expanding throughout the state," said Clean Energy Works Oregon CEO Derek Smith. "Already, with 500 projects completed and with more than 1,000 new applications in the past month, this program has created more than 100 jobs."

The three-year goal of the program is to generate 1,300 family-supporting jobs, complete 6,000 residential projects and generate significant energy savings across the state.

"Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability created the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot program. Their success paved the way for Clean Energy Works Oregon," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "We are grateful for the innovative collaboration from our many community partners, including Energy Trust of Oregon, Enterprise Cascadia, NW Natural, Pacific Power, PGE, Worksystems, Green for All and our host of stakeholders, including contractors, unions and community groups."

The Clean Energy Works Oregon program offers a bundled set of services that help homeowners assess their energy needs, connect with certified contractors and secure a low-interest loan to pay for the work.  As homeowners sign up for the program and receive financing from local financial institutions, the dollars flow to paychecks for workers who install new insulation, furnaces, heat pumps, hot water systems and windows, making homes more comfortable and energy efficient.

The state of Oregon has been innovative in helping Clean Energy Works Oregon get started and build a strong and effective program that will benefit communities and individuals throughout the state:  


  • In 2009 the state legislature passed the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Technology Act (EEAST), which was created to make it easier for home and business owners to complete energy efficient and renewable energy projects and help put Oregonians to work. The act was sponsored by Representatives Bailey, Read and Freeman.
  • In April 2010,  the United States Department of Energy invested $20 million to expand energy efficiency job creation in state.  The legislature's overwhelming passage of the EEAST Act was a critical factor in the United States Department of Energy's decision.
  • On Jan. 25, 2011, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission approved implementation of energy efficiency pilot programs in alignment with EEAST.

In February, the Oregon Department of Energy granted $3.5 million in Oregon Lottery dollars to Clean Energy Works to offset project costs for program participants, making home energy efficiency more affordable.

"The vision for EEAST was to create jobs across Oregon by bringing private investment to energy efficiency," said Rep. Bailey. "Clean Energy Works is turning this vision into reality."

"Clean Energy Works Oregon has shown the kind of leadership that continues to make Oregon a leader:  bringing together a multitude of public and private stakeholders to achieve enormous return on investment, saving money on energy costs and lowering environmental impacts," said Gov. John Kitzhaber.  

"We are hiring," said Tom Kelly, CEO of Neil Kelly Company, the largest remodeler in Oregon, with offices in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene and Bend. "Our Home Performance division, which provides energy efficiency remodels for homeowners, is the fastest growing area of our business. In the past month it's grown from seven to 17 employees. As Clean Energy Works ramps up across the state, we expect to continue to grow with it."

SOFCU Community Credit Union is lending to support Clean Energy Works in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties. "We're thrilled to make loans available for energy efficiency remodels," said Lorene Haigler, SOFCU Vice President of Lending. "Our private investment enables public resources to go farther."

"It is important to remember that policy creates real results," Said Rep. Freeman. "Job creation is a bi-partisan issue. The EEAST initiative is really a very clear example of how collaboration can bring about great ideas, positive programs, and real job creation for Oregonians."   

About Clean Energy Works Oregon

Formed in 2010 following the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's innovative Clean Energy Works Portland pilot, Clean Energy Works Oregon is a nonprofit organization committed to positive social change by reducing the state's environmental impact and creating new, family-supporting jobs. For homeowners seeking a simplified and streamlined way of improving their homes' energy efficiency, Clean Energy Works Oregon offers an all-in-one solution by bundling multiple upgrades, pre-certifying contractors, and arranging low-interest financing and easy repayment. By weaving issues of sustainability, access to capital and the creation of family-sustaining jobs, Clean Energy Works Oregon is a model for new partnerships among public, private and nonprofit interests. For more information or to apply for the program, visit


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce.

2010 Census numbers show diversity dwindling in Portland's inner neighborhoods

The Oregonian's two-part account of gentrification describes key issue for the Portland Plan

map thumbnails, credit: oregon liveReporter Nikole Hannah-Jones of the Oregonian explores the history and meaning of Portland's population shifts revealed in the recently released 2010 Census numbers. Equity is the essence of the Portland Plan so the the lack of diversity in Portland's inner neighborhoods is an issue to take seriously.

Find out more by reading the articles below. Then take a look at the draft strategies for the city's future and see how the Portland Plan proposes to address this and other challenges.

Oregon Live: In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling

Oregon Live: Lessons learned? What Portland leaders did -- and didn't do -- as people of color were forced to the fringes 

Portland Plan Business Forum draws crowd of local business people

Real time polling reveals that improving education tops list of actions

On Friday, April 29, 2011, some 70 Portland business people convened at NW Natural to learn about and weigh in on the draft Portland Plan strategies for Economic Prosperity & Affordability, Education, and Healthy Connected Neighborhoods -- all of which are bolstered by an Equity Initiative. Not surprisingly -- considering a growing community concern about the readiness of students for living wage jobs -- participants rated the actions within the education strategy most highly. See the results of the hand held clicker polling, and then cast your own vote on the strategies.


Presentation (PDF)