The SAC will recommend community members from a list of applicants for City Council consideration for nine-member PCEF Grant Committee.Read More…
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Management and implementation of the new community benefits fund gets started with new staff.
The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF), which Portlanders overwhelmingly voted for last November, is becoming a reality! The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and our coalition partners are thrilled to announce the team that will get the PCEF programmatic work off the ground is getting hired – and off to work.
Sam Baraso has joined BPS as the program manager for PCEF and will be leading the design, development and ultimate implementation. Sam brings a wealth of government experience and community leadership to this new effort. He will work closely with other City staff, City Hall and members of the PCEF community coalition to establish the fund’s grant program and grant committee to start funding clean energy projects in 2020.
We also recently welcomed Jaimes Valdez to the PCEF team. In addition to being core program staff, Jaimes will play a significant role in leading policy development and strengthening our community partnerships. Jaimes has spent the past 15 years working to broaden opportunities for people to access the benefits of clean energy and achieve social and environmental goals.
Cady Lister, the third program staff, will join the team on July 8. Cady brings nearly 20 years of experience in renewable energy advocacy, community engagement and project management, including running programs that have delivered more than $100 million in grants, loans and training. An application review is currently underway for the fourth program staff recruitment. We anticipate having five or six staff on board by the end of the calendar year.
On June 21, applications for the PCEF grant committee closed after remaining open for five weeks. Program staff are currently working with the Office of Community & Civic Life and City Hall to define a selection process that reflects the outcomes of the ballot initiative and community vision of the program. The Mayor and the City Commissioners will each appoint one member of the grant committee, and then those grant committee members will recommend the remaining four members for City Council’s appointment from the applicant pool.
While the immediate priority for the program is to get fully staffed and establish the nine-person grant committee, the next year will be incredibly busy one for the fund and our community. Efforts this fall will include engaging community members and hosting networking and capacity-building events. This is a critical step to ensure successful grant applications in 2020. Also, during the coming months, the grant committee and program staff will develop the policies, procedures, infrastructure and application timelines that enable a competitive funding process for next year.
The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) was created by a local ballot measure (Measure 26-201) passed in November 2018. PCEF is anticipated to bring $54 – $71 million in new revenue for green jobs and healthy homes for all Portlanders. The initiative aims to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.
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BPS Director Andrea Durbin directs $3,500 for sponsorships to seven organizations and community coalitions.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability takes our partnerships with the many communities we serve seriously. We are grateful to have so many allies and supporters through our long-standing relationships with community groups, coalitions, faith-based institutions, affinity groups and more.
A great deal of the work done by our community partners starts small — in church basements and local cafes, during kids’ soccer games, over long commutes, long past dinner hours, on the weekends, in friends’ backyards and myriad other places.
We want to be more intentional about building the capacity of grassroots organizers, community advocates, and all the movers, shakers and changemakers in Portland. So, BPS is recognizing the following emerging organizations and coalitions in whose work we see shared value, alignment and strong promise:
We hope these funds will serve as seeds to continue the positive trajectory these community champions are on.
Property owners in the Columbia Corridor and on Hayden Island are invited to talk with City planners about the Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project at drop-in hours in July.
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of correcting ezone maps around the city. Ezones are a tool to help protect natural resources, such as rivers, streams, wetlands and wildlife habitat in Portland.
The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project team is now reviewing the ezones in the Columbia Corridor and on Hayden Island. Property owners and other interested community members are invited to talk with City planners about changes to the ezones maps during drop-in hours at the Multnomah County Drainage District, 1880 NE Elrod Drive, on:
Staff will have online maps for you to look at and can talk about how the project may affect your property.
The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project will correct the boundaries of the conservation (c) and protection (p) overlay zones to match the locations of rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat. Project staff started work in areas near Johnson Creek, then expanded to the northeast neighborhoods. This spring the project focused on the Northwest and Southwest Hills. Work on ezones is now underway in the Columbia Corridor.
We expect the environmental overlay zones will only change slightly on most properties. But some properties may have expanded ezones; others may have smaller ones. You can learn more in a self-guided presentation.
You can use the Ezone Review Map to look up your property. This map will tell you what kinds of environmental overlays apply now and what are proposed to change. You can also request a site visit through the Ezone Review Map, and staff will come to your property to review the data.
There are new garbage rates and schedule changes for residential customers.
Garbage bills are changing
Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase in May to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps and a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rates for most customers will go up by 2% to 3% beginning July 1, 2019. That is approximately $.75 more per month.
Curbside collection schedules
The 2019-2020 Garbage Collection Schedule is out! Portland residents are sent one of two versions (orange or purple) based on street address because garbage and recycling company routes vary around the city. Find your schedule at www.garbagedayreminders.com.
As a reminder, there are no schedule changes for holidays, except two twice a year – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. That means collection takes place as usual on July 4 for Thursday customers.
Say no to unnecessary take-out items because these items belong in the garbage