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Timberrr! Include the Food for the win!

TIMBER JOEY of the Portland Timbers needs a whole lot of fuel to pump up the Timbers Army soccer fans for the big games. Sawing through logs after every goal takes a lot of energy!

Though he doesn’t use his chainsaw in the kitchen, Timber Joey plans ahead for big game-day meals to eat heartily and avoid wasting food. He collects food scraps to create nutrient-rich fertilizer that will benefit victory gardens across Portland and keep methane (a potent greenhouse gas) out of the landfill. Everyone living in a single-family home or smallplex (2-4 units) in Portland can add food scraps and yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart for curbside collection.


  1. Set up the play! Find any kitchen container and line it with newspaper, paper bags or approved compostable bags. These optional liners help keep it clean. Sprinkle baking soda in it or rub vinegar on the inside of the lid to avoid odors and fruit flies.

  2. Trap your scraps! Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator.

  3. Goallll! Empty your kitchen container, including the liner, into your green Portland Composts! roll cart as frequently as you like.

  4. Red card! Besides the five approved brands of compostable liners, leave out plastic products, even if they say “compostable.” These belong in the garbage container.

 Watch our videos at for easy home composting tips.


Timber Joey with compost pails

Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps.

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you.

Show us your favorite container by adding the hashtag #INCLUDETHEFOOD on Twitter > @PortlandBPS  or Facebook/PortlandBPS

We appreciate and extend our thanks to the Portland Timbers and Timber Joey for participating in our INCLUDE THE FOOD campaign, which helps Portland advance our Climate Action Plan goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Local leaders unveil new public trash cans for Portland’s Jade District

At the recent “Make Jade Glitter, Pick up the Litter” event, volunteers cleaned up the Jade District and neighborhood artist Hamilton Rodriguez revealed new work for unique public trash cans provided by the City of Portland.

Many of our neighborhoods are experiencing change — some of which is clearly positive and exciting, and some of which is challenging. The Jade District is literally and figuratively a crossroads for Portland, with 82nd Avenue the artery of our city that connects the east and the west. Like every neighborhood in Portland, one factor that faces the livability of neighborhoods is litter on the streets.

At a recent event, the City of Portland’s Public Trash Can Program celebrated a new pilot project with partners from the Jade District and SOLVE by organizing a litter cleanup activity and a storytelling session by BPS staffer Alfredo Gonzalez on the importance of waste management. After welcoming guests from the Jade District and the Mayor’s office, the new public trash cans were celebrated with a ceremonial toss of its first recyclable soda cans. Jade District Manager, Todd Struble, described the project as "public investments done right, by centering the community and relationships." The cans feature new art inspired by the Jade District Vision Plan and created by Hamilton Rodriguez, a neighborhood artist.

Jade District’s engaged residents and businesses made the pilot project happen

Centered at 82nd Avenue and SE Division, the Jade District is one of the most diverse districts both at a city and state level. The Jade District Vision Plan engaged residents and businesses in the area a few years back, including brainstorming sessions conducted in five different languages. One of the identified outcomes was a recommendation that some specific local businesses would benefit from public place garbage service.

The new cans are functional, and feature a safer design for workers who collect the trash. They also include a tray for returnable deposit cans and bottles that allows members of the public to remove those containers to be able to collect the deposit refund.

More about the City of Portland’s public trash can program

BPS administers the public trash can program that provides trash receptacles and contracts for collection service in downtown and six other business areas of the city. This program was started by the Bureau of Maintenance in 1977, and City Council directed the Solid Waste and Recycling Program to administer the program in 1998. BPS has maintained the collection of approximately 600 public trash cans within the initial program areas and collection is provided by commercial haulers selected through a competitive process.

In 2016, City Council adopted an increase to the solid waste commercial tonnage fee of $1.30 per ton for the expansion of the public trash program. The expansion of the program will add public trash cans and collection services to all of the regional, town and neighborhood centers as delineated in Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). It will take an estimated five years to complete the expansion to cover all 31 Centers.

City planners to discuss land use vision for SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads

Southwest community members invited to learn about land use possibilities in these important areas along the SW Corridor on June 22 and 29.

In anticipation of a potential new light rail line in the SW Corridor on or near SW Barbur Boulevard, City planners want to:

  • Recap recent and past land use planning in these areas.
  • Share possible long-term land use visions around the SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads areas.
  • Hear community perspectives on future land use to help inform ongoing SW Corridor light rail planning.

Information will also be available about the ongoing SW Corridor planning effort being led by Metro and ways for community members to stay informed.

Meeting Dates

South Portland/Naito/Kelly area
Thursday, June 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), Radelet Hall
2719 SW Kelly Avenue

West Portland Town Center/Crossroads area
Thursday, June 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center, Rm 30
7688 SW Capitol Highway

For more information, please contact Joan Frederiksen at or 503-823-3111.


City of Portland Publishes U.S. EPA’s Website on Climate Change

Portland joins Chicago and 12 other U.S. cities to make the EPA's climate data available to the public

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Monday, June 12, 2017

Eden Dabbs

JoEllen Skonberg

City of Portland Publishes U.S. EPA’s Website on Climate Change

Portland joins Chicago and 12 other U.S. cities to make the EPA's climate data available to the public

Portland, ORE. — In response to President Donald Trump ordering the removal of climate change data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the City of Portland joins 12 other cities in re-publishing the deleted information.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the most pressing global issue we face,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Any vision for the future of our city needs to acknowledge climate change. It isn’t just our planet that’s at stake, it’s our very existence.”

Portland leads on local climate action

In 1993, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt a local plan to reduce carbon pollution. Since then, local carbon emissions have declined by more than 20 percent, even while growing our population by 33 percent and adding 24 percent more jobs.
“For more than two decades, Portland has prioritized local action on climate change. And we’ve had great success in reducing local carbon emissions,” said Susan Anderson, Director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Clearly cities have been leaders in addressing climate change, and cities will continue to lead.”

Read OPB’s Amelia Templeton’s coverage: Portland Joins Effort To Publish Removed EPA Climate Change Website.

Partnerships among cities are key to success

Collaboration among the world’s greatest cities has become more important than ever to advancing conversations on climate change. Through partnerships like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, cities are sharing best practices, challenges and successes.
View the EPA’s climate change data on our website at

City of Chicago’s Press Release:
June 11, 2017

Mayor’s Press Office


Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that 12 other cities have joined the City of Chicago in posting research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Website after the Trump administration unceremoniously removed it from the federal government’s websites on April 29.

“It is inspiring to see so many mayors from across the country stand up for the environment through the preservation of this data,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Making climate change research widely available underscores that facts cannot be disputed and science cannot be erased. I will continue to work with these Mayors and all those involved in the Climate Alliance to take action at the local level, including honoring the Paris Agreement.”

After the creation of the City of Chicago “Climate Change is Real” website on May 7, Mayor Emanuel called on other Mayors to post the climate change information, ensuring the public has ready access to information the EPA developed over decades of research. The Mayors and cities posting information include:

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia
Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston, Illinois
Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, Texas
Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Louisiana
Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, California
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, Missouri

The Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology has uploaded this information to an open-sourced website so that other cities, academic institutions, and organizations can post it to their own websites at It includes information on the basic science behind climate change, the different ways in which weather is impacted from increased greenhouse gas emissions, and actions the federal government has taken to reduce the impact. These 12 cities will continue to build out and make updates to their climate change pages in the coming days and weeks.

“Cities have been stepping up to safeguard the public in creative and important ways as DC shirks its leadership on climate change,” said Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council. “Chicago’s effort to preserve and post important climate data is a huge victory for transparency, science and community health—front lines in the battle for climate action these days. And Mayors from across the country—Republicans and Democrats, from big cities and small towns—are stepping into the breach to ensure we reduce carbon pollution and protect our neighbors from the dangerous impacts of climate change.”

On June 7, Mayor Emanuel signed an Executive Order formalizing Chicago’s commitment to adopt the guidelines of the Paris Agreement after President Trump withdrew the United States, reneging on a consensus with 196 countries on environment protections. The Executive Order doubles down on the Paris Agreement’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
This builds on recent progress of Chicago’s reduction in carbon emissions by seven percent from 2010 to 2015, despite an increase in population. This benchmark is equivalent to shutting down a coal power plant for eight months.

Last week, Mayor Emanuel joined over 200 mayors from around the country to commit to the Paris Agreement as part of the Mayors National Climate Agenda, or Climate Mayors. This network of U.S. mayors — representing over 56 million Americans in red states and blue states — work together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making. Mayor Emanuel also joined over 1,000 state, local, and business leaders from across the country as part of the “We’re Still In” campaign, coming together to signal the importance of the Paris Accord both nationally and across the world.

In April, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all of Chicago’s public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion kilowatt hours will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply.

Earlier this year, the City of Chicago was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. The award is given annually to honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and recognized the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge and its 76 member buildings covering 51.3 million square feet-all of which have committed to reducing their energy use by 20 percent. The award also recognized the four years of successful implementation of the City’s Energy Benchmarking Ordinance which has reduced energy use by four percent in buildings covered by the ordinance.

Below is a listing of all URLs created using the Chicago’s open source website and the EPA Climate Change information:
City of Atlanta, Georgia
City of Boston, Massachusetts
City of Evanston, Illinois
City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
City of Houston, Texas
City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
City of New Orleans, Louisiana
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
City of Portland, Oregon
City of San Francisco, California
City of Seattle, Washington
City of St. Louis, Missouri

Mayor Emanuel’s leadership on issues of climate change and sustainability is clear and Chicago will continue to take action.


New long-range plan for the Central City on its way to City Council

After considering public testimony during multiple work sessions, the Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to recommend plan for the future of Portland's urban core

On May 23, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) met for the ninth and last Central City 2035 work session. But before taking a vote on the plan, Commissioners worked though several final amendments:   

  1. An existing North Pearl river setback provision. The river setback for a small strip of land between NE Naito and the riverfront, and the Broadway Bridge and the Fremont Bridge, will change from 25 to 50 feet. Staff also recommended removing the North Pearl setback to be consistent with the rest of the city. PSC affirmed staff’s recommendation.
  2. Additional discussion on temporary floating platforms. Staff proposed clarifying the recreational purpose of these in-river platforms. The Commission also supported an amendment to allow for more — but smaller — floating platforms so they can be grouped together in swimming areas.
  3. The relationship between burying the I-5 freeway on the eastside and the Broadway / Weidler project. The Commission briefly discussed Mayor Ted Wheeler’s interest in burying the I-5 freeway on the central eastside and how that would work with the Broadway / Weidler concepts developed through the N/NE Quadrant plan. Staff shared a 2012 concept that shows the two projects do not conflict.
  4. The Green Loop’s inclusion in the Central City. Commissioners discussed the importance of the Green Loop in the Central City and the need for this type of planning and investment in other parts of the city, especially East Portland.

Final PSC vote on the CC2035 Plan

The Commission voted 9 to 1 to support the plan and move it forward to City Council.  Commissioner Smith voted no because of the Broadway Wielder Transportation System Plan (TSP) project and made it clear that his “no” vote should not be misinterpreted as opposition to any other part of the plan.    

Next Steps

Project staff expect to release the CC2035 Recommended Draft to City Council on June 19, 2016. The public will have the summer to review the plan and prepare comments to City Council through the fall. 

Mark your calendar for a public hearing on the plan on September 7 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. But be sure to check the project calendar for any change to dates and times.