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Below, find tips and resources from the Climate Action Now program and its partners to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Your actions help the climate and save you money!

Check out Your Home, Your Stuff, Getting Around and Your Community to find even more ways to fight climate change. Together, our simple actions make a big difference!

BPS is looking for a new City Hall Garden Manager

Manage the Better Together Garden at City Hall

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is filling a part-time position to manage the Better Together Garden at Portland City Hall. The Better Together Garden was created in 2009 as a demonstration garden to inspire Portlanders to grow their own food and to donate their surplus to those lacking access to nutritious produce.


About the position

The City Hall Garden Manager will oversee operations of the Better Together Garden at Portland City Hall. This part-time position will have full responsibility in planning crop rotation; procuring seeds, starts, and tools; planting; weeding; maintaining infrastructure; coordinating with other bureaus as needed; harvesting and donating produce; interacting with members of the public; and performing other tasks to keep the garden productive and attractive throughout the year. This position has full authority and discretion over caring for the garden and works largely unsupervised, though the supervisor will assist the gardener in securing reimbursements and other logistical matters. General upkeep of the garden will comprise approximately 60 percent of this position’s time. 

This position will also work with nonprofit service providers to continue and further develop programming that could include produce donation, career training experiences, educational activities, and other programs with youth experiencing homelessness and other populations as the gardener and nonprofit partners see fit. The gardener will harvest and donate produce to nonprofit partners as well as plan and lead workdays with clients. Programming with nonprofit service providers will comprise approximately 30 percent of this position’s time, and planning and program development with the supervisor and nonprofit partners will comprise approximately 10 percent of this position’s time. 

About the Bureau

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities. BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. BPS encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply.

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This is a casual, part-time position with the City of Portland and is budgeted for an average 3 hours per week, with seasonal fluctuation, at $18 per hour. This position includes a stipend for materials, tools, and other job-related purchases. Casual appointments are not benefits-eligible.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter that includes your relevant experience, qualifications, and interest to by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019. You will be contacted thereafter to notify you whether or not you have been selected for an interview.

Candidates with experience working with people from a variety of different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds should include that information in their application materials. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your application materials.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran's Administration Letter stating your disability by e-mail along with your resume and cover letter. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation by the closing date listed above. Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made no later than the closing date of this announcement

BPS makes it easy to find your farmer

Two interactive maps connect you to over 135 CSA neighborhood drop points and 20 farmers markets.

Portland farmers marketThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's food program website makes it easy to find local farmers, ranchers and fisherman. Discover over 41 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and 20 neighborhood farmers markets that serve up the best of Oregon's bounty.

CSA farms sell shares -- or memberships -- to households who typically receive weekly boxes of seasonal vegetables delivered to their neighborhood. Many CSAs also provide a wide variety of additional food, including fruit, eggs, dairy, fish, meat and poultry. And some farms deliver all year or directly to your home.

Farmers get a better price by selling directly to consumers and CSA shareholders help farmers anticipate their seasonal plantings and cover their up-front operating costs. In exchange, CSA members get the convenience of fresh food delivered to their neighborhood and enjoy new produce varieties that are grown for our region. CSA participants also support the local economy, help protect farmland, and get to know their farmer.

Find your perfect match and convenient CSA drop-points in your neighborhood on the CSA map.

If you prefer to pick your own produce, Portland boasts a strong web of farmers markets that can be found all over town, almost every day of the week. And farmers markets are more than peas and cukes. You can talk to the folks who produce your food, visit with your neighbors, taste delicious prepared food, and learn culinary skills at cooking demonstrations. And don’t forget, almost all the markets accept SNAP benefits and many have matching-dollar programs.

Find all the farmers market information you’ll need on the farmers market map.

BPS seeks proposals for food production on City of Portland Property

Proposals due no later than 5 p.m. on July 15, 2016.

RFP coverThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks proposals from individuals, groups or organizations for the agricultural use of a 27,878 square foot (.64 acre) vacant property in S.E. Portland.  The property is owned by the City of Portland and managed by BPS to provide a community benefit.

The project goals for the property include:

  • Food Production: Through the growing of annual vegetable crops or perennial fruit and nut trees.
  • Compatibility: For the project to complement the neighborhood character and incur minimal impact to the surrounding residents.
  • Timeliness: For the project to be carried out as expeditiously as possible and to commence by the end of 2016, if not before.
  • Community Benefit and Equity: For the project to align with the objective to reduce the consumption of carbon-intensive foods and support a community-based food system. (See page 100 of the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan for more details.)

The applicant selected through this RFP will enter into a long-term lease agreement with the City of Portland for a fee of $1.

Download a copy of the RFP as a PDF file.


Responses to Submitted Questions

June 15, 2016 

Q: Will any selection criteria or lease terms pose a disadvantage to individuals with limited English proficiency?

A: No.

Q: Can applicants receive outside assistance in submitting their RFP?

A: Yes.

Q: Can bees be kept on the site?

A: Yes.

June 14, 2016

Q: How long is the long-term lease?

A: The term of the lease is totally open-ended and will reflect the needs of the lessee and use of the site. The City prefers a long-term use that is sustainable over decades or even longer in the case of perennial crops. Historically, annual crops have been grown on the Sherrett site under a lease term of seven years with renewal options. The City is currently leasing a property for the creation of an orchard and the lease term is for ten years with two options for 10-year renewals.

June 16, 2016

Q: Can the site can be used for a non-profit program?

A: Anyone is eligible to apply including individuals, non-profit organizations, or for-profit groups. 

For further information, contact Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225 or

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities.  For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact me, call 503-823-7632, City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.