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BPS E-News: From BPS Director Susan Anderson -- Towards a better community

We all know that Portland is a participatory place. Our form of government, our robust system of neighborhoods, our involvement and strong support for public schools and libraries – all speak to a very active civic life and sincere concern for our city. This concern also translates to a high rate of volunteerism. Did you know that, in terms of volunteer hours, Portland is ranked consistently in the top ten among large cities?

At BPS, we depend on volunteers for dozens of committees each year. Residents, business owners, neighborhood groups, and people from all walks of life help to inform and develop policies and programs that make Portland a healthy, prosperous and equitable place to live and work. To encourage and build on this strong foundation of volunteerism, I’m encouraging our staff members to “pay it forward” and give back to the community. Two examples are:

  • BPS Service Days — BPS teams volunteer a day of service with local nonprofits, which share similar missions. Recently our green building team volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity make progress on a local home building project.
  • BPS silent auction — Once a year, BPS raises funds for a local nonprofit chosen by our staff. Last year auction proceeds went to the Oregon Food Bank.  

Volunteer hours are dedicated to organizations that work in areas related to our bureau’s mission. If you have a volunteer idea for us, please contact us at 503-823-7700.

By the way — a signature BPS event that also receives help from community volunteers is our Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair. Our 11th annual self-guided tour day and free info fair happens on Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets are limited — buy yours at and have a fun day learning about green building techniques and materials at your own pace.

All the best,

Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability