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City Council Adoption of Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments

The ordinance was adopted and went into effect on December 18, 2019.

Developing a facial recognition policy in Portland

Smart City PDX is coordinating the development of draft policies addressing the use of public and private facial recognition technologies for future consideration by Portland City Council.

What is facial recognition and why is the City of Portland trying to regulate it?

The City of Portland is considering policies to regulate surveillance technologies in 2020. This post describes facial recognition and why city governments are considering regulation.

Next Steps: Climate Policy Commitments

The climate crisis demands serious action. While the City of Portland is a leader on climate action nationally and globally, we know that we need to do more to meet emission reduction targets of 50% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

New methodology protocols affect carbon emissions data for Multnomah County

Trends from 1990 to 2017 show that Portland must do more to reduce emissions over next decade.

Portland joins countries and cities around the world to cut down the distribution of single-use plastic

Portland restaurants can only provide single-use plastic items by request, not by default.

Recycle or not? Reciclar o no?

Oregon Metro launches new website and Instagram to answer challenging home recycling questions.

2019 Legislative Session Update

Housing and sustainability-focused bills will help increase housing opportunity and add to the sustainability toolkit in Portland.

BPS statement on HB2001 and SB534

How the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's work on Residential Infill Project and other housing opportunity initiatives aligns with new state legislation

Community organizers receive $3,500 to support their work on affordable housing, at-risk children, communities of color, and urban agriculture

BPS Director Andrea Durbin directs $3,500 for sponsorships to seven organizations and community coalitions.

Portland City Council gives businesses more time to comply with new single-use plastics reduction policy

It’s all about waste reduction: In October 2019, Portland customers of dine-in, drive-thru, take-out and food delivery businesses will need to request single-use items instead of receiving them automatically.

Portland City Council updates rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective July 1, 2019, the new rates address higher operating costs for Portland’s 11 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

Meet our new director, Andrea Durbin

Director Durbin joined the BPS

Smart City PDX prepares information privacy guidelines to support next generation of digital services for city government operations

At Portland City Council in May: Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles

YOU'RE INVITED: Open houses for two City projects address how Portland’s neighborhoods are growing

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments and Historic Resources Code Project honor neighborhood context and ensure quality development.

WANTED: Three new members for Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission

Opportunity for a variety of community members to become the next "city shapers"

Winter weather reminders for garbage, recycling and composting

For single-family homes and smallplexes (up to 4 units): When snow and ice hits, leave roll carts at the curb!

Portland Home Energy Score Celebrates Successful First Year

Homebuyers searching for a home in Portland in 2018 had better access to transparent energy efficiency information.

Waste Equity Workplan earns leadership award for BPS team

Workplan aims to increase equity and diversity in Portland’s garbage, recycling, and composting collection system.

City of Portland Commits to Clean Air Construction Standard

Council voted unanimously to amend the City’s Sustainable Procurement Policy with new requirements that will reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter.

Community conversations about single-use plastics support new policy

Portland City Council cuts backon single-use plastic serviceware while Portlanders who rely on items for healthcare situations can still obtain what they need.

Energy reporting increases transparency in the commercial real-estate market

Energy efficiency information for more than 800 commercial buildings is now available in an online map

Plan your meal with the Guest-imator

In a time of excess, too much turkey is being tossed

Media Release: Portland receives $150,000 to help Verde implement a community energy plan in the Cully neighborhood

The grant from Partners for Places is intended to support a healthy environment, strong economy and well-being for all residents; Meyer Memorial Trust matches grant.

Remember to compost autumn leaves and pumpkins

Let autumn leaves fall and rotting jack-o-lanterns roll into the compost container.

Multnomah County, City of Portland commit to reducing diesel emissions on construction sites

Cleaner air is win for human health and environmental justice

East Portland Food Businesses Provide Feedback on Food Scrap Collection

BPS gets tips from businesses trying out composting service on how to make collection easy and successful

Smart City PDX team shares insights on designing open data projects that serve all Portlanders

Smart City project goal: Make Portland a place where data and technology are used more efficiently to improve lives, especially for those Portlanders in underserved communities.

Helping Portlanders reduce single-use plastics

Community survey available in multiple languages; response deadline extended to October 15.

Can Portland ditch the disposables?

City of Portland will listen to feedback from Portlanders -- especially communities with special needs and businesses -- before voting on ordinance in Fall 2018.

Portland launches shared electric scooter pilot

The deployment of the first 200 scooters – and growing to nearly 2,500 electric e-scooters during this 120-day pilot – begins Friday, July 27.

Portland City Council to consider conditional ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, including plastic straws

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will listen to feedback from public and businesses before City Council votes on ordinance in Fall 2018.

A new plan to combat displacement in N/NE Portland

Recently, Nan Stark (North/Northeast district liaison) worked with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, Inc. (PCRI) to develop and launch the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan.

Persistence pays off for two of BPS’ own

Lauren Norris and Leesha Posey are nominated for the 2018 WE Persist award.

Keep it local at spring Community Collection Events in your neighborhood

These events do not accept household hazardous waste, construction demolition and remodeling debris and asbestos-containing materials.

New research by PSU grad student reveals racist covenants across Portland

Researcher seeks help finding historic restrictive covenants in deeds and titles denying people of color the right to own property.

KATU’s Afternoon Live hosts BPS to get tips about preventing holiday food waste

Those refrigerator drawers have specific uses, too.

City of Portland Home Energy Score requirement beginning soon

Program provides new insight into energy use and costs of Portland homes

Recycling drop-off facilities have stopped accepting plastic film and clamshells

Uncertainty in global recycling markets has led recycling depots and grocery stores to stop accepting non-curbside plastics.

City of Portland extends early collection of garbage, recycling and composting until Friday, August 11

To ensure the health and safety of collection drivers during high temperature and poor air quality days, residential customers should set out carts the night before collection day.

Deconstruction requirement 6-month status report reveals environmental and economic benefits

On October 31, 2016, Portland became the first city to require deconstruction for its oldest and most historic houses and duplexes. The provision applies to any house or duplex built in 1916 or earlier. On May 17, 2017, City Council accepted a 6-month status report presented by the City’s Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG).

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.

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!

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.

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

PSC Spotlight: Kat Schultz

Schultz shares her thoughts on the City’s top priorities and why ‘smart growth’ strategies can be the first wave of 21st century urban planning.

City of Chicago publishes US EPA's Climate Change website

Portland prioritizes local action on climate change and supports Chicago's efforts at making the EPA's information available to the public

Portland’s New Open Data Policy will Improve Public Trust and Build Civic Engagement

City Council’s endorsement sets wheels in motion to create a policy and program to make more City data readily accessible to the community.

PSC Spotlight: Maggie Tallmadge

The Planning and Sustainability Commission's (PSC) Youth member reflects on her 3 years of civic service as she prepares to pass the baton to the next PSC Youth Commissioner.

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.

With Council’s final vote on Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the community’s vision becomes real

Since visionPDX, Portlanders have advocated for a more equitable and inclusive city; new Comp Plan paves the way while preparing for growth.

BPS staff invited to present at the City of Oakland’s Mobilize Green Conference

Conference panelist and BPS staffer Alfredo Gonzalez attended the Mobilize Green Conference and Career Fair in Oakland, CA.

City offers immersive training to prepare diverse workforce for growing deconstruction industry

Amidst high industry demand, a new training will generate a pool of diverse qualified candidates prepared to start a career in deconstruction.

BPS makes it easy to find your farmer

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's food program connects you to over 100 Community Supported Agriculture neighborhood drop-off points and 21 farmers markets.

NEW! Portland Plan Progress Report

This progress report shows how the 142 actions in the Portland Plan are moving forward and highlights new opportunities and heightened priorities to advance the City’s goals.

Social justice is essential for a prosperous, healthy and equitable city

Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson reaffirms commitment to equity, inclusion, and climate action to ensure Portland is a healthy and resilient place for everyone.

Fix-It Fairs offer help for your New Year’s resolutions

Is improving your health, weatherizing your home or making an emergency preparedness kit on your list this year? Get help and peace of mind at an upcoming Fix-it Fair.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Recommends Refinements to Proposed Central City 2035 Plan

From active streets to zoning designations, thoughtful discussions lead to preliminary decisions that will shape the Central City’s future.

West Coast Cities ask Automakers to increase Electric Vehicle production to aid in fight against Climate Change

Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles release nation's first multi-city request to automobile industry to help municipalities reduce fuel and maintenance costs

Portland City Council unanimously approves historic Inclusionary Housing Program

The program will link the production of affordable housing to market-rate housing development by requiring affordable units in new multifamily residential developments.

A final message from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

The Mayor reflects on the exciting work accomplished by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability during his four-year term.

Press Release (corrected): Home Energy Score Policy Adopted by Portland City Council

New policy (effective January 1, 2018) requires sellers of single-family homes to provide home energy use information to prospective buyers

Press Release: City Council adopts Portland's 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy

The 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy is an update to Portland’s 2010 strategy, Electric Vehicles: The Portland Way.

Press Release: Portland leads on climate action, becomes first U.S. city to prohibit bulk fossil fuel facilities

New policy (effective January 14, 2017) will limit risks posed by potential new fossil fuel terminals and expansion of existing facilities

2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy now available; City Council public hearing scheduled for December 14

The 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy is an update to Portland's first electric vehicle strategy.

City Council considers amendments to the Zoning Code and Housing Code for Inclusionary Housing Program; public hearing scheduled for December 8

Proposed amendments would lower the inclusion rate and provide an exemption from minimum parking standards.

Germany may be the world’s leading recycler, but ….

Recent New York Times story compares the recycling rates of countries.

Portland wins C40 Cities award for best climate action plans and inventories project of 2016

The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change.

Public hearings on Residential Infill Project Concept Report November 9 & 16

City Council to hear testimony on new regulations that could reduce the scale of new and remodeled houses and help create more housing choices in Portland.

BPS News: BPS and Verde awarded $100,000 grant to create a Community Energy Plan in Cully

Latest grant brings outside investments to advance local sustainability projects to nearly $1 million

An orchard and community grows in Lents

BPS partners with Green Lents to create a Lents oasis.

From Sustainability at Work: GoGreen Portland

9th annual event welcomed Mayor-elect Wheeler for the opening keynote address.

Celebrating Autumn and five years of food scraps

In 2015, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps.

Get ready for winter — and the holidays — at Fix-It Fair

Prepare your home for winter, bring items to be repaired, or get crafty in a workshop in November.

BPS Awarded $100K Grant for Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor Testing

Award will help the City understand transportation-related pollutants and consider public health during planning and operations

Portland's 2015 Climate Action Plan named as a finalist for C40 Cities Awards

From 35 finalists will compete in ten urban climate action categories

Off-road Cycling Master Plan launching map of potential sites

Interactive map will be used to collect public feedback on locations across the city that could be recommended for future off-road cycling facilities

Bike, roll or stroll at Sunday Parkways

Sellwood-Milwaukee host the final Sunday Parkways event of 2016.

Curious how recycling works?

Apply today to become a certified Master Recycler volunteer. Learn from the experts. Share with your neighbors.

BPS welcomes comments on proposed home energy score policy

Home energy scores provide home sellers and buyers with valuable information and help keep housing affordable over the long term

Press Release: Mayor's proposed draft of home energy score policy open for public comment

Home energy scores convey critical information about energy use and costs to buyers and sellers of homes. The public comment period will be open until 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28.

White House recognizes BPS equity specialist as “Champion of Change for Climate Equity”

Desirée Williams-Rajee honored for work to incorporate equity into the 2015 Climate Action Plan for Portland and Multnomah County.

Thanks for all you do, Portland!

For years, we have worked together to make our city healthier, more livable and vibrant.

Portland project team wins "smart cities" prize

From BPS Partner Portland State University

Interview with BPS Director Susan Anderson

From the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University | 2 June 2016

Do you live in a condo or apartment? Share your recycling story.

Metro is collecting stories and photos to help improve recycling in multifamily communities.

Make spring cleaning easy with Community Collection Events

Portland residents now have a wide range of proper disposal options for household bulky waste while prioritizing and promoting recycling and reuse.

An investment in fresher air

Portland residents benefit from newer, cleaner garbage, recycling and composting trucks.

Comment on draft code language for deconstruction requirement through May 18

BPS is working to increase deconstruction activity in Portland.

Finalists announced for Loop PDX Design Competition

Five finalists have been announced for the Loop PDX design competition organized by the UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in collaboration with Design Week Portland.

BPS legislative priorities signed into law

Renewable electricity, community solar and inclusionary zoning

Oregonians will soon be able to share energy from the sun

Oregon’s new clean electricity law includes provision for community-shared solar energy.

Find farm-fresh food on the BPS website

Fifty Community Supported Agriculture farms, 200 neighborhood CSA drop-off points, and two dozen farmers markets are ripe for the picking on the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s food website.

BPS News: Motivate change in your community — become a Master Recycler

Apply now for the upcoming spring course, taking place in Clackamas County

BPS News: New How-to-Guide, hands-on workshops help commercial building owners meet energy performance reporting requirements

First compliance deadline for buildings 20,000 square feet and over falls on Earth Day, April 22, 2016

BPS News: State and federal incentives sweeten the deal for residential rooftop solar

Homeowners can offset up to 80 percent of the initial investment in solar

BPS News: Portland City Council takes step to increase deconstruction activity in Portland

New deconstruction requirement will protect public health and save valuable materials for reuse.

Motivate change in your community — become a Master Recycler

Apply now for the upcoming spring course, taking place in Clackamas County

Public invited to testify at February 9 hearing on Portland Plant List update

Updated document identifies native and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: From Portland to Paris, cities deliver on climate action

With an international climate agreement now in hand, we find much of the action ultimately is local.

BPS Silent Auction raises biggest gift ever for Oregon Food Bank

Over 470 families will receive meals this winter thanks to the generosity of City employees and local businesses who donated auction items.

Home deconstruction grants are still available

When a house must come down, deconstruction is a preferred alternative. Now, there’s help to save valuable building materials for reuse.

Sign up for free landlord training in December

Portland-area property managers and landlords attending this training will learn ways to keep rental properties safe and free of illegal activity as well as techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants

Register to become a certified Master Recycler by December 10

Motivate change in your community, learn from innovative leaders and make a meaningful difference as a Master Recycler

City of Portland takes a stand for clean energy

Two new City Council resolutions signal local resolve to transition away from fossil fuels

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: What if every city recycled like Portland?

A response to The New York Times' "The Reign of Recycling" opinion piece by John Tierney.

BPS hosts free energy performance reporting information sessions for owners and managers of large commercial buildings

Energy Performance Reporting Policy team completes administrative rules process and hosts a free introduction to the new policy and ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.

Full steam ahead for Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

Thousands of Portlanders will benefit from a new type of transit service — bus rapid transit (BRT) — in the Powell-Division Corridor.

Join Portland businesses leading the way on climate action

Visit to see which businesses have taken the challenge.

Get ready for winter — and the holidays — at Fix-It Fair

Prepare your home for winter, bring items to be repaired, or get crafty in a workshop in November.

Apply for the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan Project Advisory Committee

Committee members will advise City staff on new citywide plan for off-road cycling trails and facilities.

News release: Mayor Hales Joins Local Businesses to Kick Off Climate Week

The goal: To get at least 50 Portland businesses to join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions. (Tuesday, SEPT. 22, 2015)

New deconstruction grants from City of Portland encourage alternatives to mechanical demolition; save valuable materials for reuse

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will review applications submitted at

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: 2015 Climate Action Plan to guide City of Portland for next five years

Portland City Council adopts new aggressive 2015 Climate Action Plan.

City Council to hold public hearing on SE Quadrant Plan on July 8 at 3 p.m.

Portlanders invited to testify on new plan to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st-century employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to the Willamette River

Portland City Council Adopts New Climate Action Plan

New plan emphasizes equity and includes a new methodology for measuring carbon emissions from consumer choices.

Media Advisory: Portland City Council to consider 2015 Climate Action Plan on June 24

Proposed plan contains revisions from public comment period, outlines next steps for achieving Portland and Multnomah County's carbon reduction goals.

Free Recycling Resources for Multifamily Properties

Portland’s Multifamily Waste Reduction Program helps property owners and managers reduce garbage and recycling mistakes.

Portland City Council approves pilot deconstruction program

Pilot program will provide deconstruction training, education, technical assistance and financial incentives for innovative projects.

Lent Elementary celebrates solar on Earth Day

BPS recognizes Solar Forward donors for contributions to Lent Elementary solar array.

City of Portland establishes Deconstruction Advisory Group

City Council will hear public testimony at June 3 Portland City Council meeting.

Comprehensive Plan activity springs forth in April

Film festival, public hearings and concept reports populate the calendar

Take a look at Portland’s iconic views and notable viewpoints in the updated Scenic Resources Inventory; then tell us what you think

ow through May 31, Portlanders are invited to submit comments on an inventory of some of Portland’s favorite vistas of the Central City

BPS makes it easy to find your farmer

New food website connects you to almost 200 Community Supported Agriculture neighborhood drop-off points and two dozen farmers markets.

Plan ahead for neighborhood cleanup events

Reduce clutter by reusing and recycling.

Fix-it Fair Celebrates a Successful 28th Season

Over 70 organizations provided exhibits and workshops that attracted more than 1,700 attendees.

Portland City Council approves energy performance reporting for commercial buildings

Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly a quarter of Portland's carbon emissions and spend more than $335 million on energy every year.

Portland City Council approves new goals for Sustainable City Government operations

City bureaus model sustainable principles and practices and save long-term operating costs

Planning and Sustainability Commission Approves Terminal 6 Environmental Zoning Code and Map Amendments

Pembina’s proposal to transport propane through Portland moves on to City Council; carbon fund established to offset effects of greenhouse gas emissions

There's still time to submit comments for the draft 2015 Climate Action Plan for Portland and Multnomah County

Comments flowing in after two open houses and even more presentations to community groups.

Kyle Diesner: BPS Climate Action Team member and so much more

A new installment in our series on BPS employees

Local carbon emissions down 35 percent per person. City and County release draft 2015 Climate Action Plan proposing next steps.

Community comments welcome on draft plan for City of Portland and Multnomah County to cut carbon 80 percent by 2050. Public comment period open through April 10, 2015.

Fix-It Fair deepens community connections

Next Fix-It Fair happens this Saturday at David Douglas High School

Learn about proposed City of Portland Energy Performance Reporting Policy for commercial buildings

Proposed policy would help building operators track energy use and identify options to improve efficiency and save money

City of Portland proposes energy performance reporting for commercial buildings; information sessions scheduled for January

Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly a quarter of Portland’s carbon emissions and spend more than $335 million on energy every year.

Nihao, Climate Action

Long before President Obama’s climate agreement with China, the Chinese translation of Portland’s Climate Action Plan had been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

Planning and Sustainability Commission recommends West Quadrant Plan to City Council

Affordable housing, Morrison bridgehead, building heights and river restoration discussed

Sprinting toward 10,000 solar homes

The cost of installing solar energy has never been lower for residents.

Portland Named ‘Climate Action Champion’ by White House

Press Release from office of Mayor Charlie Hales, December 3, 2014:

Register to Become a Certified Master Recycler by December 31

Join a volunteer corps of 1400 Master Recyclers who have helped make Portland one of the top recycling cities in the world.

The joy of planning: How to “cook up” some really good Centers and Corridors

Key ingredients of Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan revealed through computer-generated imagery, people-on-the-street interviews and footage of Portland’s unique neighborhoods.

The spirit of Portland is you

Thank you to all our committed volunteers and advisors.

Parkrose High School welcomes Fix-It Fair this Saturday

Take advantage of free childcare and lunch while talking to experts about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and much more.

City Council celebrates Portland’s legacy of age-friendly activism

Portland joins the cohort of Best Cities for Successful Aging

Save Money and Live Healthy at Fix-It Fair on Saturday, November 22

This free City of Portland event runs 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Parkrose High School

City Council celebrates Portland’s legacy of age-friendly activism

Mayor Hales Signs the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge

Business and public leaders build Oregon’s future at GoGreen 2014

Oregon Climate Declaration collected signatures to support climate action, equity panel received standing ovation.

BPS assists community orchard group in Lents neighborhood

Friends of Malden Court Community Orchard invites public to community design meeting towards a more healthy connected neighborhood.

Portlanders share their homes

New regulations make short-term rentals legal

Mixed Use Zones Project to share new concepts

November 5 & 6 workshops offer Portlanders a chance to view and discuss initial ideas to improve zoning code

Comprehensive Plan Update public hearings begin

Many more opportunities to testify ahead; written comments accepted until March 13

Portland prepares for a changing climate

Newly adopted Climate Change Preparation Strategy establishes an action plan to build climate resilience into Portland’s and Multnomah County’s policies, operations, services and infrastructure over the coming years.

Women of Vision Conference presents award to BPS Director Susan Anderson

The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce recognizes women who are leaders in architecture, engineering, construction and fields related to the building industry.

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, NYC, Seoul, Shenzhen and … Portland!

What do these global metropolises have in common? This week C40 and Siemens honored these cities for leadership in tackling climate change.

Join Sustainability at Work at fall events

Innovation in Sustainability nominations open through September 30, Go Green begins October 15.

Growing up, not out

Episode 2 of Centers and Corridors video shows how Portland will grow

MUZ Project focuses on mixed use areas

Centers and corridors get a fresh look through the community’s eyes

Public hearing on West Quadrant Plan draws crowd

Community members offer their testimony on the future of the Central City’s west side

Bureau’s demographer performs invaluable research and analysis

Hailing from New Delhi, Uma Krishnan’s cultural and educational background enriches BPS and the community

Public hearings for draft 2035 plan begin

As Portland matures into a world-class city, a more robust Comprehensive Plan will guide growth and development

Job opportunities in Cully

Two new positions for Living Cully: A Cully Ecodistrict.

3 ways to rethink back-to-school supplies

Before you head to the store, consider these tips to save money and resources

Register for Master Recycler Class by August 27

8-week Washington County course begins Sept 10

A letter from Susan Anderson: The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft

Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

From St. Johns to East Portland to the Southwest Hills: The City is updating the Comprehensive Plan

More land, people and technology mean a massive undertaking for BPS and our community stakeholders

Creating more jobs in the Central Eastside

July 8 open house features new ideas for industry, transportation

The freshest food in town, now easier to find

New mapping tools connect you directly with farmers

Trails, parks, open space and lots of land hug the Willamette River

Comment on Willamette Greenway Inventory Report (Goal 15) by June 24

New District Liaison returns to North Portland

Urban Designer Leslie Lum brings community development experience to her new role

Kilowatt crackdown competition winners announced in Portland

Sixty-four local commercial building teams embrace energy efficiency

Garbage rates going down, again!

80% of residents will see their rates go down or stay the same

Get answers to your share, repair and reuse questions

New partners and a new website offer Portlanders ideas for resourceful living | BPS E-News May 2014

Thousands of Portlanders will benefit from Powell-Division transit improvements

Get involved in the planning process to influence improvements to this busy corridor | BPS E-News May 2014

Ambitious new goals will keep building energy use steady for next 20 years

Lloyd EcoDistrict releases Energy Action Plan | BPS E-News May 2014

Coming soon: More certainty around short-term rental regulations

RICAP 6 Code Amendments head to City Council for June 4 hearing | BPS E-News May 2014

Kilowatt Crackdown competition winners announced in Portland

Sixty-four local commercial building teams successfully embrace energy efficiency efforts

Curbside Collection Tip #2: Right-size your garbage container

You have options! Garbage collection service is offered in a variety of sizes or pickup frequencies to fit your household.

Comprehensive Plan Update E-news - March 2014

What We Heard Report | West Quadrant Plan Open House recap | Early Implementation: Transportation Expert Group & Mixed Use Zones Project

Metro Seeks Community Input on Making a Great Place

Public comment period open March 21 to May 5

How to save money and be healthy this winter – Come to the FREE Fix-It Fair!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at David Douglas High School. ¡Clases en español!

Become a Master Recycler

Take an eight-week course on waste prevention and recycling, then share what you learned with the community

BPS announces first winner in the garbage day email reminders contest!

Is garbage day this week or next? Sign up for garbage day email reminders and a chance to win a $100 credit on your garbage bill.

Solar Forward campaign announces founding donors, new site

Oliver P. Lent Elementary School slated as next location to receive solar panels in 2014

Comprehensive Plan Update E-news, October 2013

Featuring the new online Map App, more Mapping Conversations, call for new advisory committee members and more!

City of Portland seeks community members and technical experts to join advisory committees for the Comprehensive Plan Update

Portlanders are invited to help guide public involvement, transportation planning, and mixed use/institutional zoning for the City’s long-range plan for growth and development

Share your ideas for City's State and Federal legislative agenda - Oct. 21-Nov.8

The City of Portland has started the process for developing state and federal legislative agendas for next year and we want to hear from you!

Portland among top scorers in new report, scorecard on energy efficiency

Report by American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

You'll see spots at SE Sunday Parkways

BPS E-News, August 2013

Portland's Trailblazing Climate Action Plan

A new article by BPS Director Susan Anderson for

Updated Draft Proposal for West Hayden Island Released

Media Release, June 25, 2013. Planning and Sustainability Commission to continue discussion and vote on a final recommendation to City Council on July 9

Portland Curbsider - Summer 2013 Edition

In this issue, find your Garbage Collection Schedule, rate update, plastics and food scraps reminders, what's accepted at the curb, a summer events calendar and community resources.

Announcing the Green Design Atlas

BPS E-News, June 2013

Portlanders’ Garbage and Recycling Rates To Go Down July 1, 2013

City’s compost collection helps to drive down costs

Portland City Council Accepts Grant Funding To Install Solar Panels at Portland Parks & Recreation's Southwest Community Center

Community energy meets crowdfunding: Community members can support future solar expansion by establishing a revolving loan fund for solar installations on public facilities

BPS Releases Amended Proposed Draft for West Hayden Island

Public hearing with Planning and Sustainability Commission set for May 7

Local Voices, Clever Choices

e-newsletter April 2013

City honors amazing women at BPS

e-newsletter April 2013

Solar energy and community net metering

e-newsletter April 2013

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking Minimums

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Parking Minimums

Recommended zoning code amendments address concerns about new apartments with little or no parking in commercial corridors and along frequent transit lines

BPS News: Planning and Sustainability Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking

March 12, 2013, 12:30 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Ave Room 2500A. The public is invited to attend.

BPS News: New rebate opportunity to pay 50 to 75 percent of energy upgrade costs

Portland’s small businesses will benefit from today’s launch of “Bucks for Buildings”

New details about the Residential Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credit

Federal tax credit extended for purchases made in 2013

BPS News: What to do with holiday packaging

How to sort, reuse, donate and recycle your gift wrap

BPS News: Celebrate a low-waste year with these green holiday ideas

The City of Portland announces the one-year anniversary of curbside composting and shares holiday waste reduction tips

City Bureaus Collaborate to Comply With Metro Title 13, “Nature in Neighborhoods”

City’s programs protect and enhance the ecological condition of 1,000s of acres

BPS News: City of Portland partners with commercial building owners and managers in Kilowatt Crackdown competition

Portland City Council directs Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to enter City-owned buildings in energy efficiency challenge

Add jack-o-lanterns to the green Portland Composts! roll cart

Jack-o-lanterns, gourds and other natural seasonal materials are accepted in your green Portland Composts! roll cart. Include them for pick up when you are done enjoying them. Learn about other items accepted in the green compost roll cart

BPS News: City Council Adopts N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

Synchronized land use and transportation plans work together to increase jobs, housing, safety, mobility and livability in Lower Albina and the Lloyd Districts

BPS News: Central City 2035 Concept Plan Unanimously Adopted by City Council

New plan for Portland's city center charts a course for the next 25 years

Plans To Revitalize Lower Albina and Lloyd District, Improve Traffic Safety Go Before City Council

Public hearing on N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plans held on October 25; testimony welcome

New Plan for the Future of Central City Heads to City Council

Public invited to comment on the CC2035 Concept Plan at public hearing on October 24

BPS is Hiring a Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Job description, required qualifications and application information

BPS is Hiring a Sustainability Intern

Job description, required qualifications and application information

BPS News: Building Performance Partnership launches 2012 ‘Kilowatt Crackdown’

Public-private partnership tracks energy performance in commercial buildings

2012-2013 Curbside Collection Schedules have arrived!

More details about the 2012-2013 Portland Curbside Collection Schedules, including who to contact if you didn't receive one.

Free Energy Assessments for Small Commercial Buildings

Buildings 10,000 square feet or smaller can receive a customized report on existing building and equipment conditions and priorities for energy upgrades.

BPS News: City of Portland’s 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair features new workshops, online ticket sales

Backyard cottages, stunning new construction, green remodels and educational opportunities

Prepare your home for the next earthquake

Bureau of Development Services recommends these methods to reduce potential earthquake damage

Portland's response to Metro Title 13 to be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on July 24

City staff to explain substantial compliance with regional natural resource rules at public hearing

City Council votes to increase connections to healthful, local, affordable food

New zoning codes help communities with limited options

Portland Curbsider Summer 2012 Edition

Update on new curbside collection service, 2012-13 garbage rates, Portland Plan and more

A Draft Guide for Bird-friendly Building Design Introduced to Portland Architects, Developers, Building Managers, Planners and Bird Enthusiasts at June 14 Forum

Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop resource guide

ReTHINK = Climate Education + Community Action

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

The 20th (and Last) BEST Awards

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

Pivotal Leaders group honors Susan Anderson

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

Airport Community Advisory Committee Focuses on Port of Portland Strategic Plan

Advisory Committee meets on June 7; public invited to attend and comment

Portlanders' Access to Affordable, Healthful Food Improved by Changes to Regulations

City Council public hearing on Zoning Code amendments scheduled for June 7 at 2 p.m.

BPS News: Portland recognizes seven local business leaders at the 20th annual BEST Awards

Award winners build on two decades of groundbreaking sustainable business innovations

YouTube: The New "Portland Plan" - Neighborhoods and Cycling

by Etheoperatorsmanual | Apr 13, 2012 | BPS Director Susan Anderson featured

Doing some remodeling? Call the Green Building Hotline for tips

Video from, Interview with Valerie Garrett, Green Building Hotline

BPS News: Latest Climate Action Plan Progress Report shows Portland’s carbon emissions have dropped 26 percent per person since 1990

Mayor Sam Adams and County Chair Jeff Cogen share progress update on Climate Action Plan goals for Portland, Oregon

Airport community advisory committee meets in April

Agenda includes updates on long range planning, business and construction as well as sustainability efforts

20th Annual BEST Awards Tickets on sale now

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Solarize Northeast deadline nears

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Members of Comprehensive Plan Update work group sought

Applications for Policy Expert Groups due by April 16 @ 6 p.m.

BPS Calendar Advisory: 20th Annual BEST Awards Celebrates Sustainable Business Achievements

April 25, 2012, 4:30 p.m. at the Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Public Invited to SE 122nd Ave Rezoning Project Open House

Proposals for commercial development, home businesses and sidewalk construction featured, among others

BPS News: New Professional Training: Salvaging Commercial Construction Debris

LEED Green Associate and LEED AP students: Earn four GBCI continuing education hours

Urban Food Zoning Code Update sets the table

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

Q&A with the Regional Green Building Hotline

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

What makes Portland's central city unique?

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

Register now for Urban Growth Bounty 2012

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

Next steps for the proposed draft Portland Plan

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

BPS News: New Solarize project will help northeast Portland homeowners go solar through volume purchasing

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Solar Oregon, Umpqua Bank and Energy Trust of Oregon collaborate to launch Solarize Northeast

BPS News: City of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty series returns with classes on growing, preparing and preserving food

From cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation, Urban Growth Bounty provides all the tools you need to do it yourself.

BPS Issues RFP for the Development of Community-Supported Solar Electric Systems

Partnering to Finance Community-Supported Solar Electric Systems. Download the RFP!

Central City looks to the future

BPS E-News Issue 14

BPS News: EPA Recognizes Portland, Oregon with a Green Power Leadership Award

National awards honor leading green power purchasers

We Build Green Cities

Check out this video highlighting Portland's national leadership in sustainability.

BPS News: City of Portland chosen to showcase Clean Energy Works program at National League of Cities event

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff shares program model with other cities at NLC conference

BPS Calendar Advisory: Home Energy IQ Workshop Schedule for October, November 2011

Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops in Portland

BPS News: Solar Now! University team travels to Roseburg to share best practices with local governments in rural Oregon

Educators from Solar Now! offer tools for inspiring community-level energy independence

Portland's Director of Planning and Sustainability plenary address kicks off APA's 2011 statewide conference in California

UC Santa Barbara Alumnus Susan Anderson to talk about sustainable cities and climate change

Barbur Concept Plan getting ready to roll

BPS E-News Issue 13 - September

BPS News: Mayor proposes Portland-wide, curbside food scrap composting

Mayor highlights garbage service changes that move city towards Climate Action Plan goals

Central City's Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts subject of

Public feedback sought for land use, urban design and local transportation concept alternatives

BPS Calendar Advisory: 2011 Build It Green! Home Tour - 10th Anniversary!

Visit 22 green remodels and new homes around the Portland metropolitan area

City branches out with tree programs

BPS E-News Issue 12 - June

BPS News: Citywide Tree Project adopted by City Council

Proposal to ensure tree preservation and planting means Portlanders will benefit from robust tree canopy

BPS News: Portland's energy efficiency remodel program a win for homeowners and community

Program founded by Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability applauded by state leaders for creating jobs

BPS News: City of Portland recognizes seven sustainable local businesses at the 19th annual BEST Awards

Award recipients are leaders of Portland's green economy and model sustainable business practices

BPS News: Public Place Recycling Starts in Downtown Portland

New downtown recycling containers reduce waste and help citizens make sustainable choices on the go

Airport Futures takes off

BPS E-News Issue 11

BPS News: Solarize Portland projects extend deadline to May 15, 2011

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have extended their Solarize registration deadline to encourage greater public participation.

City Council and Port of Portland hold joint meeting on Airport Futures project

Public invited to comment on Airport Futures, an integrated long-range plan for the airport and its neighbors

River Plan update

BPS E-News Issue 10

BPS News: New Solarize Guidebook: A tool for local governments and communities to pursue energy independence

Community solar program “how-to” resource now available with help from the City of Portland and Energy Trust of Oregon

Portland City Council considers overhaul of tree regulations

February 2 hearing gives Portlanders a chance to comment on new proposal to protect trees

BPS News: New Solarize projects will help North, Northwest Portland homeowners go solar

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services collaborate to launch Solarize North and Solarize NW

BPS by the numbers

Reflections on our work from 2010

Rethinking Holiday Giving

BPS E-news Issue 9

Tree project goes to City Hall

BPS E-news Issue 9

What is a Fix-It Fair?

BPS E-news Issue 9

BPS News: Irvington Historic District listed in National Register of Historic Places

The Irvington Historic District was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts important to American history.

Joint Open House: Rose Quarter and N/NE Quadrant Projects

You're invited to learn about and provide input on two planning projects for the N/NE Quadrant of Portland's Central City.

Equitably Growing Portland's Green Economy

A column written by Susan Anderson for Renewable Northwest Project and Sustainable Industries Journal

Join the Portland Green Power Challenge

Help meet the goal of 1000 new green power sign-ups by Sept. 30! The City of Portland urges all Portlanders to sign up for green energy sources. Read more by clicking on the link below.

Citywide Tree Project Update

BPS E-news Issue 7

Hollywood Urban Park Community Event Series

Come join Hollywood Neighborhood Association (HNA) to explore a future Urban Park!

More neighborhoods going solar

BPS E-news Issue 6

Food and Climate Change: Step Up to the Plate

A City Hall Garden celebration/info fair and climate discussion with Anna Lappé BPS E-news Issue 5

From our director, Susan Anderson

Spring is here and that means flowers, a bit of sunshine, Earth Week and the 18th annual BEST Awards Breakfast!! (BPS E-News Issue 5)

PDX Planning Commissioner: It's all about trees

by Chris Smith | Feb. 20, 2010 | Re: Citywide Tree Project hearings and open houses

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BPS E-News Issue 4

For the forest AND the trees

BPS E-News Issue 4

BPS E-News Issue 3, December 2009

Seasons Greetings from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Top 10 reasons to buy your ticket to the Build It Green! Home Tour today!

The 8th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair

News: BPS welcomes comment on proposed home energy score policy

Home energy scores provide home sellers and buyers with valuable information and help keep housing affordable over the long term