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Portland Police Bureau flips the switch to begin solar production at North Precinct

The recently installed rooftop solar array consists of 195 panels and is expected to reduce the Police precinct’s electricity costs by 6 percent annually.

Solar project at North Precinct

On March 27th, 2017 Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct station “flipped the switch” to officially begin renewable energy production at the recently completed rooftop solar array. The system, consisting of 195 individual solar panels, is expected to produce about 70,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. That translates into an estimated 6 percent reduction of purchased power, saving the police precinct approximately $6,650 per year on electricity costs.

The North Precinct site, located at 449 N.E Emerson was chosen because of its prominence in the neighborhood and its suitability as a solar system host. The building has excellent access to the sun, a brand new roof and approval from Police Bureau leadership and the facility managers. The project received strong support from local businesses, schools and the neighboring community.

One hundred percent of the renewable electricity produced will be used by the North Police Precinct. Savings from the onsite energy production will flow through the operating budget of the Portland Police Bureau, the City’s General Fund and ultimately shared with taxpayers. This project was made possible with $175,151 in funding support from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program customers. Energy Trust of Oregon also provided an incentive of $50,168. 

What’s the Green Loop?

Find out at the upcoming Design Week.

As Design Week PDX (DWP) gets ready to kick off this weekend, we’re busy prepping all the goodies for our Green Loop displays, interactive exhibits and discussions. This concept for a six-mile linear park around Portland’s urban core is the star attraction of DWP, starting with the opening night party on Saturday evening.

A “Big Idea” from the Central City 2035 Plan, the Green Loop concept has been shepherded by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Urban Design Studio, in collaboration with other bureaus, agencies and community stakeholders. Last year, the University of Oregon/Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape held a design competition called Loop PDX, which invited designers to flesh out the circular open space concept. Untitled Studios, a group of young designers, won the $20,000 prize and has spent the past year refining and expanding the concept based on a lot of public outreach.

They will be sharing their latest work at DWP Headquarters at The Redd all next week.

See what others are saying about it:

KATU’s Afternoon Live and BPS show you how to include the food for Earth Day

Make Earth Day every day by collecting kitchen food scraps for your green roll cart

When you keep food scraps out of the landfill, you celebrate Earth Day every day of the year!

Alicia Polacok from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability shares why, how and when to collect your kitchen food scraps for curbside composting (for Portland residents who live in a single-family home or smallplex of 2-4 units).

Watch the video from KATU Afternoon Live and learn some new tips!

Video of Alicia Polacok at KATU

Want to see more videos about your green Portland Composts! roll cart?
Check them out online at www.portlandcomposts.com.

PSC News: April 25, 2017 Meeting Information and Documents

Solid Waste and Recycling Rates — briefing; Portland Art Museum Rothko Pavilion Pedestrian Easement — briefing and comment; Design Overlay Zone Assessment — briefing

Agenda

Revised April 21, 2017

  • Solid Waste & Recycling Rates — briefing
  • Design Overlay Zone Assessment — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Green Loop, virtually

Computer-generated simulation tool shows the community their own “Emerald City.”

Imagine … You slip on a pair of special glasses, allow your eyes to adjust — and click play. Fade into scene. Look left, then right. Now try up and down. You are quickly orienting, and now you recognize a few landmarks: the building where your favorite café was and a magnolia tree that put on a show every spring.

You see a street sign that says you’re are at SE 6th and Washington. But this intersection is different than it used to be. There are more street trees, benches with people eating lunch and reading the newspaper. And that café? It’s now a pizzeria, its garage doors rolled up and beckoning you to sit down for a slice.

As you take it all in, several bicyclists zip by your shoulder. They were close, but you feel safe because they sped along a painted track that keeps you comfortably separated. Seconds later, a laughing child runs in front of you as her mom gives chase. You turn left and see that a parking lot is now a three-story building with restaurants on the first floor and offices above. You wonder if you’ve stepped into the future. 

Welcome to virtual reality.

What you just experienced is Portland’s Green Loop. Conceived by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to be a linear park, the loop will provide residents, workers and visitors a place to walk, bike, run and play along a 6-mile loop around the Central City.

In the past, BPS has shown what new development could look like with maps, photos and drawings. But as part of Design Week Portland, the bureau partnered with Oregon Story Board and Shovels and Whiskey to create a virtual reality experience of the Green Loop.

Green Loop VRVirtual reality (or VR) is best known in the computer gaming world, but it’s now being used by health care practitioners, educators, artists and marketers. VR uses headset viewers to create immersive visual experiences that can feel very real. Employing it as a community engagement tool is pioneering and — as far as we know — BPS is one of the first planning agencies in the country to do so.

If you are at Design Week Portland’s Opening Gala, you can try it for yourself. Later in May, BPS will release a version of the Green Loop virtual reality experience to view online or with the Google Cardboard App. Look for more details about that soon.

So stay tuned for more exciting new about the Green Loop and how you can continue to experience it at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/greenloop.