Mission

Depave promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff. Through community partnerships and volunteer engagement, Depave strives to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement with the use of action-oriented educational events, community stewardship, and advocacy to reconnect people with nature and inspire others. Depave is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon.

Vision

Livable cities where people and wildlife coexist and prosper amidst clean air, clean water, robust urban forests and thriving local agriculture.

Rationale

The problem is concrete. Paved surfaces contribute to stormwater pollution, whereby rainwater carries toxic urban pollutants to local streams and rivers, greatly degrading water quality and riparian habitats. Pavement also disconnects us from our natural world.

The solution is clear. The removal of impervious pavements will reduce stormwater pollution and increase the amount of land available for habitat restoration, urban farming, trees, native vegetation, and beauty, thus providing us with greater connections to the natural world.

Objectives of Depave

  • Provide information, inspiration, and technical assistance to those wishing to remove concrete and asphalt.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of pavement removal.
  • Advocate to minimize and/or reduce the amount of impervious pavement in public construction and repair projects.
  • Promote responsible and creative reuse and recycling of concrete and asphalt.
  • Provide an opportunity for greater connection with the natural world.
 

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