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Because of its public transportation networks and efficient land-use planning, Portland has been recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world. [1]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Community involvement[edit]

Opt In, Metro's online opinion panel. "Contribute your ideas about schools, housing, sustainability, parks, community centers, clean drinking water and more."

Cycling activism[edit]

PortlandWiki: Bicycling


Cycling in Portland, Oregon: Bicycle use in Portland, Oregon has been growing rapidly, having nearly tripled since 2001; for example, bicycle traffic on four of the Willamette River bridges has increased from 2,855 before 1992 to over 16,000 in 2008, partly due to improved facilities. Portland's Bureau of Transportation says 6% of commuters bike to work in Portland, the highest proportion of any major US city and about 10 times the national average.
Due to its urban bicycling efforts, Portland has earned multiple "bicycle-friendly city" awards, including being awarded platinum status by the League of American Bicyclists, and it ranks highly among the most bicycle friendly cities in the world.

Environment quality[edit]

Verde, bridging the green divide

Food activism[edit]

Kitchen Share: A Sustainable Community Resource for Home Cooks[edit]

Kitchen appliances can be superfluous uses of money and cupboard space, especially for city residents with tight budgets and small homes. Yet interest in healthy eating is growing. More people are trying out unusual food preparation techniques, which can require unique appliances. Kitchen Share, launched in 2012, is a kitchen tool-lending library for home cooks in Portland, Oregon. It enables community members to borrow a wide variety of kitchen appliances such as dehydrators, mixers, and juicers. Members can check out over 400 items online using affordable lending library software from myTurn. With two locations in Portland, Kitchen Share helps residents save money, learn new skills from neighbors, and reduce their environmental footprint. As a nonprofit community resource for home cooks, Kitchen Share only asks for a one-time donation upon joining, providing affordable access to otherwise expensive and bulky items while building a more resource-efficient city. Learn about starting a lending library with this toolkit.—Marion Weymes [2]

Other links[edit]

Eat Here by Edible Portland - Farm My Yard

Open spaces[edit]


Portland, Parks and gardens: In 1995, voters in the Portland metropolitan region passed a regional bond measure to acquire valuable natural areas for fish, wildlife, and people. Ten years later, more than 8,100 acres (33 km2) of ecologically valuable natural areas had been purchased and permanently protected from development. Portland's city park system has been proclaimed one of the best in America. In its 2013 ParkScore ranking, The Trust for Public Land reported that Portland had the 7th best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. cities. The survey revealed that 80% of Portlanders live within a half-mile to a park and over 16% of Portland's city area is parkland.

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Free Geek, non-profit organization started in Portland, Oregon in 2000. Free Geek has two central goals: to reuse or recycle used computer equipment that might otherwise become hazardous waste, and to make computer technology more accessible to those who lack financial means or technical knowledge.

Free Geek's refurbished computers are either granted to schools, churches, non-profit or community change organizations, given to volunteers, or sold in Free Geek's thrift store. W


Maps: Share Portland, OR

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

TriMet, public transit in the Portland Area


Portland, car sharing: Portlanders living downtown or in nearby neighborhoods have car sharing as an alternative, through Zipcar, which acquired Flexcar in 2007. As of 2005,[dated info] there are over 5,000 members sharing 70 vehicles which are located in neighborhoods such as the Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, the Lloyd District, Hawthorne, and Brooklyn.
Portland, walking: According to a city video, in 1994 Portland became the first city to develop a pedestrian master plan. Blocks in the downtown area are only 200 feet (61 m) long. Many streets in the outer southwest section of the city lack sidewalks; however, this is partially made up with various off-street trails. A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Portland the 12th most walkable of the fifty largest cities in the United States.

Urban sustainability[edit]

City Repair, street painting examples

Depave, asphalt and concrete removal from urban areas. Based in Portland, Oregon

News and comment[edit]


The Future of Portland’s Skyline Is Made of Wood. Yes, Wood. Mar 20 [3]


Portland votes to ban fossil fuel projects to fight climate change, Dec 15 [4]

Portland is first U.S. city to make protection the default for all new bike lanes, January 28 [5]


This Northwest City Just Passed The Strongest Resolution Against Fossil Fuels In The Country, November 13 [6]

How an inspiring group of women built one of the greenest buildings in Portland, August 17 [7]



Apr 6 Transformation — A Celebration of Depave


Sunday Parkways 2016


May 23 - June 1 Village Building Convergence


Apps for sustainability[edit]

Arts and culture: Public Art PDX, free app showcasing the rich and diverse collection of Public Art on display in and around Portland

Sustainable transport: TriMet App Center

Urban sustainability: Map App, City of Portland

Community resources[edit]

  • Proud Ground, the Northwest's largest community land trust, serving the Portland Metropolitan area

Interwiki links[edit]

PortlandWiki, Portland's civic wiki

Wikipedia: Portland, Oregon


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  1. Wikipedia:Portland, Oregon
  2. Shareable
  6. ThinkProgress
  7. Grist