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Planning for an even more sustainable Portland (The Oregonian)
Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:09 PM Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:21 PM
Carrie Sturrock, Special to The Oregonian
Portland is a great place to live for many of us with its rich culture, bike-friendly ways, good schools, livable neighborhoods, strong farmers markets - the list is long - but not everyone enjoys all that. And of course much of it is key to living more sustainably. (It's pretty hard to be a bike commuter or take the bus, for example, when you have to live far from work in a place that's not near good public transportation. And you're probably not going to be spending much time trying to slash your home's carbon footprint if you're worried about defaulting on your mortgage or putting food on the table.) And what the future holds for us all hinges on strategic planning. So the city's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability along with City Club of Portland and Portland State University have crafted a free series of panels with local and national experts to help us all "think critically about the next steps we should take as a community to become more sustainable, equitable and economically secure." It's all part of developing the "Portland Plan" Portland's first ever strategic plan (not to be confused with the city's comprehensive plan that mainly deals with land use and transportation issues) that will plan 25 years out in areas such as education, equity and economic development. The process started in fall 2009 and the goal is to present the city council with a draft plan by fall 2011. The aim of the upcoming series, which kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and features local and national experts, is to get people thinking about a range of issues. Then in the spring, those with strong opinions can comment at soon-to-be scheduled workshops. The schedule for the upcoming series of five panels is as follows:
Dr. Robert Ogilvie, Program Director for Planning for Healthy Places at the Public Health Law and Policy organization in Oakland, Calif., will speak on "Designing and building cities so the healthy choice is the easy choice."
Dec. 1, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Ballroom
3704 N Interstate Ave
Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink will speak on delivering education, health and social services to poor children.
Dec. 8, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
PSU Lincoln Hall*
Recital Hall (Room 75)
1620 SW Park Ave
Dr. Julian Agyemen, professor of Urban Environmental Policy and Planning at Tuft's University, will speak on "Just sustainabilities: Re-imagining (e)quality, living within environmental limits."
Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m.
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett are professors of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. They will deliver a joint presentation on designing for natural spaces in an urban environment.
Jan. 10, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center*
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Bob Weissbourd, president of RW Ventures, will speak about issues around the urban economy.
Jan. 17, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Mercy Corps Action Center, Aceh Community Room
28 SW 1st Ave
* Childcare provided. Call 503-823-2041 for reservations.