Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
Another step in the right direction towards a cleaner more sustainable Portland, Solarize North and Solarize Northwest are projects to help homeowners in Portland dive into alternative energy. The goal is to make purchasing solar power more affordable by grouping entire neighborhoods together with volume purchases - and thereby reducing costs. The projects have full support from Neighbors West- Northwest Coalition (NWNW), North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Energy Trust of Oregon. North and Northwest Portland area homeowners looking to control their energy costs by using solar electricity have a new helping hand to guide them through the steps of a home installation. Solarize Northwest and Solarize North Portland are two new grassroots, community-based projects coordinated by Neighbors West -Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services. With almost eight megawatts (MW) of solar power installed across the city (enough energy to power almost 700 homes) - Portlanders have helped prevent 4,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. The City of Portland is nearing its goal for installing 10 MW by 2012. There are currently 600 residential solar electric systems (also known as photovoltaics or PV), totaling 1.6 MW, installed in Portland. The growth of the local residential market has experienced a 400 percent increase in installations from 2008 to 2010. For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize
The Portland Streetcar is excited to open its newest line, the Central Loop, on September 22, 2012. The celebrations will start at 10:00AM with a Press Event and speeches at the OMSI Plaza in SE Portland. Service will begin by 11:00AM following the press event and the departure of the first, ceremonial train. The Central Loop will connect with the existing streetcar on 10th & 11th in Downtown Portland. From there it will cross the Broadway Bridge traveling along Broadway, Weidler, 7th, MLK and Grand connecting to the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District, Oregon Convention Center, the Central Eastside Industrial District and OMSI. This is the first streetcar project in the country to be funded with a Federal Grant and includes new vehicles made by United Streetcar located in Clackamas, Oregon. As part of this project, the Pearl will be getting a big belly solar trash can at 14th & Northrup! Streetcar will be free to all passengers September 22 - 23, 2012 as part of the celebration.
|Schedule of Events|
|10:00AM||Press event and speeches on the plaza in front of OMSI in SE Portland|
|9:00AM – 12:00PM||SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup at South Waterfront. Sign up at their website.|
|10:00AM – 3:00PM||Entertainment and vendor booths on the OMSI Plaza|
|10:00AM – 4:30PM||"Streetcars Build a City" Exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center on SE Grand at Alder|
|11:00AM – 5:00PM||Community Showcase featuring local businesses and entertainment at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza on NE Oregon between Grand and MLK|
|11:00AM||PSU Viking Spirit Ride from OMSI on the PSU Sponsored Streetcar|
|11:00AM – 5:00PM||Urban Art Network's Art Fair at NW 11th & NorthrupOregon Rail Heritage Center Grand Opening|
The My Macy's Holiday Parade is just around the corner. The Parade will run through your neighborhood on November 28. Formation and disband will occur in the NW Park Blocks between Davis and Flanders Streets. The Parade will travel east on Davis, south on Broadway, east on Alder, north on 4th Avenue and west on Flanders to the disband area. The marchers will step off at approximately 8:45 AM and will follow the same route as last year. We expect that the Parade will be done at approximately 11 AM. Should you have any questions about this year’s Parade, please feel free to contact Denise Hinton at 503.248.5489.