We’ve teamed up with the American Society of Landscape Architects for Portland Design Week happening October 4-11, for the return of Pecha Kucha. We’re showcasing and celebrating local efforts to integrate Design and Community by hosting a series of seven minute style presentations across the spectrum of design disciplines.
What is Pecha Kucha? It’s the art of concise presentations. A pecha kucha presentation is 20 images that advance automatically every 20 seconds for a fast-paced, fun, presentation. It is about the project and the delivery!
Please Join Us!
When: Wednesday October 8th, 6:15-7:30pm
Where: Earth Advantage – 623 SW Oak Street, Third Floor, PDX, OR
- Nathan Teske: Crafting the Portland Mercado
- Robin Corbo: Making Murals
- Peg Butler: Art & Ecological Thinking
- Kevin Cavenaugh: Guerrilla Development
Stay tuned for the full lineup
We’re on the hunt for great candidate sites to depave and regreen in the Portland Metro area.
Depave projects typically take about a year to plan, fund and implement, so we are now seeking sites for the 2015 summer-fall season.
Your proposal does not have to be fully developed at this early stage, but does need to be submitted by August 31st.
If you know of a place badly in need of more greenspace, and you have permission to depave from the property owner, please tell us about your vision for the space.
The first step is to fill out our Site Assessment Form.
Please note: We work with a variety of groups – such as public and private schools, churches, and other community-based groups to remove pavement and create new greenspaces for use by the surrounding neighborhood. We don’t perform private/residential improvements that are not publicly accessible.
Do you want to do more to help Depave? Interested in learning more about opportunities to volunteer using your brain instead of your body?
We’re always seeking new volunteers to help behind the scenes in our four committees:
- Advocacy & Partnerships – learn more on the Policy page here
- Education and Outreach
- Project Planning & Implementation - learn more on the Projects page here
Some key positions we’re looking to fill include:
- depaving and planting crew leaders
- designers (signage, projects, media)
- creatives (project art and event fun)
- teachers (project curriculum)
- outreach and social media team members
- community representatives for advocacy
- event coordinators
- fundraising experts
Please contact program staff, Eric Rosewall, if you’re interested in any of the above (or any other) opportunities: email Eric, or call him (503) 544-8837
Need some refreshments after the North Portland Sunday Parkways event on June 22nd? Join Depave and friends for a relaxing garden party social at Peninsula Park Commons, just 1 block off the Sunday Parkways route and across the street from Peninsula Park. We will have tasty microbrews on tap as well as other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $5-10/cup (sliding scale) will help support Depave’s 2014 projects.
We’ll keep it mellow so you have time to catch up with old friends or make new ones. We will also be honoring Bob Sallinger of Portland Audubon for his twin grand victories this year: leading a diverse partnership to defeat the Portland Water District Initiative, and stopping the Port of Portland’s fifteen year bid to develop West Hayden Island. There is a lot less pavement and more healthy greenspaces in our community thanks to Bob. Please join us to raise a toast in his honor!
Help us make sure we have enough food and drink by RSVPing here.
Hope to see you on June 22nd!
We’re looking for new members for our Board of Directors!
Depave is led by a hard-working band of volunteer Board Members, and is looking to add a few more. Do you want to use your skills, connections, and ideas to help the organization thrive and evolve in the coming years?
This is a working board, with members doing much of the core work of the organization, and only limited support from part time staff. In order to advance our mission (education, policy work and projects, all “to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement”) and to sustain our organization, we need more help!
The board is deeply involved in all aspects of the organization, including:
- Site selection, project planning, event coordination
- Education (presentations, material development, etc.) and media coordination
- Policy advocacy
- Financial management
Interested candidates should submit their application by September 30th.
Protect Portland’s Clean Water
Depave urges you to VOTE NO on the Portland Public Water District Initiative on the May 2014 ballot.
A diverse coalition of community groups is coming together to encourage Portlanders to vote NO on a May 2014 initiative to strip control of the water and environmental services from Portland City Council and give them to a new special district.
To learn more about this coalition and join the campaign, see the campaign website here.
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Please consider supporting the Stop the Bull Run Takeover Political Action Committee by donating!Your financial support of $5, $10, or more will make a huge impact on the campaign’s ability to combat this corporate-funded initiative. Donate here.
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Why vote NO?
We don’t need another layer of government. Accountability and transparency will decrease, not increase. The new 7-member board will be elected on 3-year terms, some during off-year elections. How many people know their library, utility, and conservation district commissioners?
It is risky and there is too much uncertainty. Some $15 billion in public assets – including control of the precious Bull Run watershed – will be transferred to the new special district. Are we ready to give away control of our public water to a faceless commission with no track record? The cost burden for Superfund cleanup of Portland Harbor could shift to the City’s general fund and some fear this will jeopardize the City’s municipal bond rating.
Your water and sewer rates may go up even more. Initiative backers want to reduce the water and sewer rates for large industrial customers and shift the cost burden onto small businesses and residential customers. Initiative backers have raised at least $155,000 in cash from big water users and polluters like Siltronic, Portland Bottling Company, and rental property managers.
The proposal is flawed and confusing. The initiative proposes new water district board member zones that exclude east Portland, disenfranchising about 20% of water-sewer customers. East Portlanders would not be able to vote on their new water district commissioners but would be subject to water and sewer rates set by the new board. Many individuals would be banned from election to the new board, including: anyone who has ever worked or volunteered with the City on water or environmental issue, individuals previously elected to the board, or anyone with a paid job!
Portlanders are proud of our clean water. These same initiative backers are suing the City and have attacked the City’s innovative clean water programs. They refuse to acknowledge that these programs are cost effective and sometimes cheaper than traditional water and sewer pipe systems. They continue to falsely allege that the City wants to give away its water system to private corporations. Portlander’s are proud of the City’s history of innovative watershed management and we can demand greater fiscal responsibility without this faulty proposed fix.
Groups Opposing the Water District Initiative
Audubon Society of Portland
East Portland Action Plan
League of Women Voters of Portland
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
WaterWatch of Oregon
Lents Neighborhood Association
Portland Firefighters Association
Friends of Trees
Trust for Public Land
Northwest Environmental Advocates
Coalition for a Livable Future
Urban Greenspaces Institute
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Food and Water Watch
Friends of Gateway Green
Northwest Environmental Advocates
LIUNA (Laborers) Local 483
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
AFSCME Local 328
AFSCME Local 3336
AFSCME Local 88-Multnomah County
Professional & Technical Employees, Local 17, City of Portland Professional Employees Association
Oregon Consumer League
Hayden Island Livability Project
District Council of Trade Unions- City of Portland
AFSCME Local 3135
Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
AFSCME Local 189
Want to get involved? Email Ted
To learn more, see: