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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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The Weekly Catch

Nick Fish: We must fund legal services for the poor

Nick Fish in StreetRoots News

Water Bureau

What's Going On at Washington Park?

The Portland Water Blog

Environmental Services

Advisory: Blockage at outfall near Cathedral Park leads to sewage release to Willamette River

BES News

In Other News

Portland, Multnomah County Commit to Using 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

Uber Used Potentially Illegal “Hell” Program to Track and Undermine Lyft: Report

Douglas Perry in The Oregonian

 

The Portland Mercado's Two-Year Anniversary Party El Pueblo Unido Spotlights Local Latinx Musicians

Emilly Prado in the Portland Mercury

A Big Win for the Environment and Our Ratepayers

April 20, 2017

Every year, BES processes 28 billion gallons of wastewater. A natural byproduct of sewage treatment is methane, a potent greenhouse gas. For years, the City has been capturing a portion of this methane gas to produce electricity. The rest gets burned off in a process called “flaring” where it turns into carbon dioxide (another potent greenhouse gas) and gets released into the atmosphere.

At the Bureau of Environmental Services, we know that what’s good for the environment is also good for our ratepayers. That’s why, in celebration of Earth Day, we are launching an innovative venture to turn waste into clean energy while earning money for Portlanders.

Or, to put it more crudely—turning poop into power!

And it’s a triple-win.

Starting this summer, BES will capture 100 percent of the methane from Portlanders’ waste, dramatically reducing our carbon footprint (win #1).

We will then convert the methane into renewable natural gas to reduce our reliance on dirty diesel (win #2).

And through our partnership with local utility NW Natural, we’ll generate $3 million each year for our ratepayers (win #3).

To learn more about this exciting project, read BES’s Press Release and Nick’s op-ed with BES Director Mike Jordan in the Portland Tribune.

My View: Turn Waste into Clean Energy

Nick Fish and Mike Jordan in the Portland Tribune

 

Earth Day 2017: City moves to 100% methane recovery, creating triple-win for public: revenue, climate gains and cleaner air

BES News

 

City Approves Plan to Turn Sewage Into Car Fuel

Keely Chalmers in KGW

 

Portland 'Going to be Turning Poop Into Power'

Tim Becker in KOIN 6 News

 

Portland plans to turn 'poop into power'

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Council to consider Portland's largest climate change project Wednesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Votes 'Yes' On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

The Natural Gas You Pass is Being Turned Into Natural Gas You Can Use

Lulu Chang in Digital Trends

  

Every time you poop in Portland, you're helping the environment

Mike Moffitt in SFGATE

The Weekly Catch

Biogas

My View: Turn Waste into Clean Energy

Nick Fish and Mike Jordan in the Portland Tribune

 

Straight Talk: Chris Hagerbaumer with Oregon Environmental Council

KGW News

 

NW Natural to Put Renewable Natural Gas on its Pipeline through Partnership with City of Portland

NW Natural Press Release

 

Earth Day 2017: City Moves to 100% Methane Recovery, Creating Triple-win for Public: Revenue, Climate Gains and Cleaner Air

BES News

 

Portland Votes 'Yes' On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

City Approves Plan to Turn Sewage into Car Fuel

Keely Chalmers in KGW

 

Portland Plans to Turn 'Poop into Power'

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Portland ‘Going to be Turning Poop into Power’

Tim Becker in KOIN 6 News

 

Californians Are About to Spend Millions on a Byproduct of Portland's Excrement

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland plan: Turn waste into clean fuel

Pete Danko in the Portland Business Journal

 

Council to Consider Portland's Largest Climate Change Project Wednesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Morning Roundup - Portland to Consider Renewable Natural Gas Committment

Katy Sword in the Oregon Business

 

Portland Votes 'Yes' On Plan to Turn Poop into Vehicle Fuel

KUOW News

 

Every Time You Poop in Portland, You're Helping the Environment

Mike Moffitt in SFGATE

 

Portland City Council to convert methane waste gases to RNG for city truck fleet

Jim Lane in BiofuelsDigest

Uber

What We Know About Portland's Investigation into Uber and Greyball

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Bill to Legalize Uber Across Oregon Dies in Legislative Committee

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

In Other News

'Grimm' Stars, Gov. Kate Brown, and More Gather to Celebrate the Portland-Filmed Show

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian

 

Businesses host Powell Butte ‘Earth Day’ event

David F. Ashton in East PDX News

 

City Hopes Public Bathroom Program Will End Urination on Downtown Streets

Rebecca Trejo in KVUE News

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler Wants Driverless Cars in Portland by Year's End

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Celebrate Arbor Day 2017 Festivities at Mt. Scott Park Saturday

Travis Loose in the Portland Patch

Portland Hosts Green Urban Planning Summit

April 27, 2017

This week, local and international experts in urban planning and sustainable design have been in Portland for the Nature of Cities Summit hosted by The Intertwine Alliance.

Today, Nick invited summit participants to appear before City Council. They shared a brief overview of their work and how to build cities that are in harmony with the natural environment.

Portland is proud of its reputation as a leader in adapting to climate change, integrating nature in our city, and investing in green infrastructure.

Yesterday, the group visited a number of local sites to see this work in practice, including Crystal Springs – where spawning Coho salmon are now thriving.

The Weekly Catch

Portland's Nick Fish questions whether affordable housing projects go far enough

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

Oregon’s First LGBTQ Primary Health Clinic Opens in Portland

Molly Woodstock in the Portland Monthly

82nd Avenue of Rose Parade

 

Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade Cancelled Due to Threats

82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association

 

Parade cancellation leaves participants disheartened

Nina Mehlhaf and Rachael Rafanelli in KGW

 

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade canceled over threat

KOIN 6 News

 

82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade Cancelled after Threats of Political Protests, Violence

Doug Brown in the Portland Mercury

 

Right-Wing Group Plans "Free Speech" March in Wake of East Portland Parade Cancellation

Corey Pein in Willamette Week

 

Saturday Rose Festival-sanctioned event cancelled because of demonstration threat

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Biogas

 

Portland City Council to convert methane waste gases to RNG for city truck fleet

Jim Lane in BiofuelsDigest

 

NW Natural charts a green-energy path

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland plans to convert poop into fuel

Stefani Fogel in Engadget

 

The natural gas you pass is being turned into natural gas you can use

Lulu Chang in Digital Trends

 

U.S. city Portland to convert waste methane into diesel fuel

Yahmei in XinhuaNet

Water Bureau

 

Portland Water Bureau Buildings Awarded Two LEED Gold Certifications

Travis Loose in the Portland Patch

 

Cycle the Well Field

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Environmental Services

 

Terwilliger Boulevard sewer project heads for the finish line

Anthony Macuk

Uber

Portland's "Greyball" Investigation Turns Up Little, But More Drama Is Coming

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland may subpoena Uber over regulator-dodging 'Greyball' software

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Report on Uber Executive Shows What Portland Regulators Are Up Against

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

City of Portland may subpoena Uber for details on Greyball program

Taylor Hatmaker in TechCrunch

In Other News

 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler takes all city bureaus back from commissioners

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

 

2017 Rose Festival's got a bouquet of diverse princesses (Column)

Samantha Swindler in The Oregonian

 

What to Do Every Day at Design Week 2017

Eden Dawn in the Portland Monthly

 

Businesses host Powell Butte ‘Earth Day’ event

David F. Ashton in East PDX News