What a great year!
Thank you to the neighborhoods, businesses, community and environmental groups, government agencies, residents and families that have been our partners in success. We’re proud of the extensive community engagement and progress that was made on reaching major goals in 2011.
Our teams have been busy throughout the city:
The draft Portland Plan, our city’s strategic roadmap for the next 25 years, was released in the fall for review by the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC held three public hearings and provided direction to BPS for development of the version of the plan to be presented to City Council this spring.
Include the Food!, our residential curbside food scrap composting effort, was rolled out in October. It is a major step to help Portland achieve the city’s goal to recycle 75 percent of all our waste. Now Portland residents can include all food scraps (even meat, bones, paper towels and pizza delivery boxes) in their green Portland Composts! roll cart. This will help keep more than 30,000 tons of compostable waste from going to the landfill every year! Early indications show the service is resulting in huge amounts of food scraps collected and being turned into high quality compost. More complete data and an evaluation will be available this summer.
The Cully neighborhood has been energized by the work of the Cully-Concordia Community Action Plan. This effort is focused on finding ways to increase neighborhood-serving retail and services with a focus on improving community well-being, especially for families with children.
Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) pays the up-front costs of making homes more energy efficient and allows homeowners to repay the costs over time on their electric or natural gas bills. CEWO is a non-profit started with funds predominantly received by BPS from the US Department of Energy. More than 1,000 homes have been serviced to date. In addition to saving money for residents and improving their homes, CEWO creates quality local jobs. During the first phase of the program, nearly 400 people got a paycheck and made an average wage of $25/hour. CEWO still has funds available to loan. See if your home is eligible for improvements!
North and Northeast Portland will soon be able to review a draft concept plan for future urban design, land use and local transportation and parks in their central city neighborhoods. The N/NE Quadrant project is the first area of focus for the Central City 2035 plan. An open house in February will provide residents and businesses an opportunity to review the concepts.
Solarize Portland helps residents purchase solar systems as a group with their neighbors. This bulk purchase arrangement reduces the per unit system cost significantly. We are now on the fifth round of Solarize Portland. This effort is led by neighborhood organizations with technical assistance from BPS. The results are amazing — with hundreds and hundreds of systems installed this year.
Looking forward to a collaborative 2012.
All the best,
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability