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
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. OMSI Auditorium 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland OR 97202 FREE Community Conference Presented by The City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program and Friendly Streets, a non-profit organization This is a free 2.5-hour conference limited to the first 200 who pre-register. (Please pre-register no later than May 10th). Free light meal and dessert will be provided. We are seeking sponsorship from businesses and municipalities who are invited to send individuals or groups of participants. Graffiti vandalism can be harmful to the public’s perception of affected areas, and is expensive to eradicate. Graffiti that is left unattended impacts neighborhood livability, influences the economy of businesses, and can affect the sense of security for the entire community. The focus of this community event is a comprehensive look at graffiti culture, including preventative measures that are being used in a number of communities, how law enforcement is working in collaboration with other agencies to arrest and prosecute vandals, and how to establish and sustain abatement efforts while being fiscally responsible to budget considerations. Keynote: Constable Valerie Spicer – Vancouver BC Police Dept., M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Criminology), Ph.D. Candidate (Criminology) Richard Toscan, Dean Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University (School of the Arts) Award Recognition Paul Watts, Graffiti Removal Services – Demonstration and free removal kits Other presentations throughout this event will support the information that Constable Spicer will be sharing. *Attendees who wish to become abatement volunteers can sign up at this event, and will be given a free kit of removal supplies to take home, courtesy of Friendly Streets and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. To register, please call Portland Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Dennis LoGiudice, 503-823-9666, Graffiti Abatement Program Assistant, Victor Salinas, 503-823-3093, or email your contact information to email@example.com.
Monday January 10th at 10:30am the Pearl District Neighborhood Association will be installing the first 4 of 60 donated trashcans (each trashcan new cost approximately $900). The way this volunteer driven program came together is what makes the event special. A number of organizations working side-by-side, including CleanScapes, the City of Portland, the Seattle Seahawks, the PDBA, Jan Valentine (Livability Chair of the PDNA) and an army volunteers created and implemented a program called Adopt-a-Trashcan. The Adopt-a-Trashcan program was developed for a need that surfaced in our rapidly growing neighborhood. The PDNA Livability Committee noticed that the Pearl District did not have some of the essential tools an urban neighborhood needs to keep its streets clean and welcoming. There were a number of problems that were starting to develop. Trash, graffiti, pet waste, cigarette butts and noise were the first problems that the PDNA Livability committee decided to address. If you have ever walked through the Pearl you may have left with the same empty coffee cup or worse…pet waste bag that you came with. The few trashcans in the Pearl have been taken care of over the years by civic minded companies like Cha Cha Cha. Up to this point these companies have received little or no recognition for their efforts. Their efforts include emptying multiple trashcans, multiple times per day. Our plan is to place a plaque on each trashcan in the Pearl District that has been adopted on a volunteer basis. This plaque will be to recognize new and long standing volunteers. Adopt-a-Trashcan was created after research was conducted and a position paper was written. http://www.pearldistrict.org/2010/03/trash-in-the-pearl-livability-position-paper/ The PDNA Livability Committee first went to the City of Portland and was unable to solicit their help, initially. Joshua Ryan with the PDBA was eventually able to convince them to donate 24 concrete city issue trashcans. Later, Denay Love with CleanScapes coordinated a donation from the Seattle Seahawks of 36 additional trashcans. Phase 1 of the Adopt-a-Trashcan program is now complete with 30 of the trashcans being adopted by businesses, residents, and organizations. We will be installing the first of many needed trashcans Monday. If you are interested in using our story to encourage community volunteerism please contact the PDNA’s Livability Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.