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The projects Depave undertakes are grand examples of the creative urban amendments that are possible. A whole lot of passion goes into our events in order to inspire and promote Depave techniques and philosophies. Depaving is a fairly simple, yet super high-impact tactic; and we’ll help you get started.
- Over 151,000 square feet of asphalt depaved (almost exclusively by hand!) to create 52 new community greenspaces in Portland since 2008
- Over 3,531,000 gallons of stormwater diverted from storm drains annually due to these projects
- Nearly 4,000 volunteers engaged in depaving and regreening activities so far
Education and Training
Depave strives to provide useful, technical information to promote the benefits of pavement removal and empower others to take action. Our free How To Depave Guide is a wealth of information garnered from our experiences in the art of depaving. We also provide consultation in program and project development to Depave Affiliates.
Depave is involved as an advocate for increased access to community gardens and greenspaces, as well as reduced impervious surfaces in new public projects, through local partnerships for policy-change. Because today’s civil codes are geared toward building infrastructure, not dismantling it, depaving projects can be challenging and costly. Our goal is to make it easier for everyone to rip up the asphalt and free the soil!