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Depave NEO Breaks Ground on Pilot Project in Cleveland

May 15, 2017  |  News

Since January, we’ve been collaborating with an awesome group of new pry bar champions coordinated by Cuyahoga River Restoration to get the Depave Northeast Ohio program in the ground. DepaveNEO is now the third cohort of our Depave Network training program. Congratulations are in order!

Executive Director, Eric Rosewall, followed up an online wheelbarrow + shovel show with a visit to Cleveland to meet the graduating class and help out on Depave NEO’s pilot project. The NEO Crew—future greenspace project coordinators from a diverse group of partner orgs and agencies around Ohio—got to get their hands dirty and their feet (well everything really) wet. But the rain certainly couldn’t keep this bunch down. Despite the soggy conditions and the unusually super thick pavement, we had a total blast together!

The small but impactful project, at Ross DeJohn Community Center and Recreational Park in Mayfield Heights, made for a perfect first pry for DepaveNEO. Over the course a weekend in May, pavement was smashed and a new greener space emerged from the rubble. The city and park staff came out in force to support the effort with tools, materials, skilled staff, machinery, and they even through in the mayor for an hour! The resulting linear three green strips in the parking lot were planted with a variety of native plants and trees.

Many thanks to Jane and Nichole at CRR for their dedication and leadership to the DepaveNEO program and the environment of their region. And, thank you to all the inspiring new members of the the Depave family for their hospitality and hard work – you are all impressive rock stars. Good luck on your greenspaces!

Next up, Depave Tennessee completes training with us here in Portland at the end of June!

Depave has nearly ten years of experience in developing volunteer-driven neighborhood projects. Our unique model for community engagement in regreening is recognized as the leading effort of its kind. Interested in accessing our library or program resources and developing a depaving program with your organization? Learn about joining the growing Depave Network.


Depave Proud Partner in Greening the Jade District

February 20, 2017  |  News

 Recognized as a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) in outer southeast Portland located at SE Division Street and 82nd Avenue, the Jade District was cited as a growing environmental justice area by the staff of APANO (The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) and OPAL (Organizing People and Activating Leaders). They called for assessments and prioritizing risk reductions strategies for On-Road Mobile (ORM) air toxic emissions and raise awareness around environmental health disparities stemming from exposure to air toxins in their communities.

Census tract 83.01, the only tract in the city with a majority of residents of color (53%), and the greatest concentration of Asian residents in the State. Census tract 83.01 is also the central tract of the ORM air toxics emissions hot spot identified by the 2012 DEQ’s PATS (Portland Air Toxic Solutions) Study and its 2017 Modeling Study for projecting pollutants. Multnomah County Health Department data also revealed that this neighborhood had elevated asthma rates and lower birth rates.

Complementing these reports and signaling a sense of urgency were the responses from an independent, community-led visioning throughout the summer of 2014 with nearly 200 Jade District participants in Cantonese, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish and English. The workshops and a community wide charrette reinforced critical health, education and transportation concerns, and offered short, mid, and long term recommendations for government and community collaborations.

By early 2016, Oregon Solutions staff were approached by APANO and OPAL, and subsequently interviewed stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests to explore aspirations, concerns, and opportunities to address air quality issues. By mid-August, a formal request signed by Gretchen Kafoury, Multnomah County chair, Tom Hughes, Metro Council President, Huy Ong, OPAL executive director, and Joseph Santos-Lyons, APANO executive director was sent to Oregon Governor Kate Brown to support the “Jade Greening” as a designated Oregon Solutions Project.

In a letter dated September 21, 2016, Gov. Brown responded by officially designating the Jade Greening Project as an Oregon Solutions Project because it met Oregon’s Sustainable Community Objectives. Gov. Brown also appointed Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow and Huy Ong as co-conveners to lead the Project Team of public, private, non-profit, and civic partners towards “innovative community solutions to addressing air quality issues in the Jade District of Portland, Oregon.”

A core Project Team was then identified from stakeholders and convened to contemplate community-centered strategies to ensure a breathable, accessible, livable, and prosperous Jade District, decide on focus areas, invite additional partners, and delineate commitments in a Declaration of Cooperation. The Declaration of Cooperation, while not a binding, legal contract, is evidence to and a statement of the good faith and commitment of the undersigned parties. The undersigned parties to the Declaration of Cooperation through a collaborative process, agree and pledge their cooperation to the findings, actions, and the subsequent implementation phase.


This declaration signing ceremony on Mark 3rd marks the culmination of work by community partners, government agencies in response to the voices of the residents of the Jade District to lay out a series of community-centered strategies to ensure a breathable, accessible, livable, and prosperous Jade District.

Focus areas guiding the state, county, city jurisdictions and non-profit organizations in this collaboration for at least the next five years include building community capacity of Jade District residents to engage in all levels of this work, monitor and improve air and environmental quality, reduce air and traffic toxins, continue data capture, assess health improvements and outcomes, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and promote and support the greening of the Jade District with a tree canopy, new parks and green spaces.

Further information may be obtained on the Oregon Solutions Jade Greening Project website.

Project Team Members:
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Organizing People and Activating Leaders
OHSU Environmental Systems and Human Health
Friends of Trees
Columbia Land Trust Backyard Habitat Certification
Willamette Partnership
Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions
State of Oregon DEQ – Regional Solutions/Metro Liaison
State of Oregon Department of Transportation
Multnomah County Office of Sustainability
Multnomah County Health Department
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
City of Portland Parks and Recreation, Urban Forestry Division
City of Portland Bureau of Transportation


Propose a Depave Project

Propose a Depave Project

April 25, 2016  |  News

We’re always looking 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, and we are currently seeking sites for the 2016 or 2017 summer-fall depaving season.

Project proposals don’t need to be fully formulated at this early stage, we’ll help you develop your vision further. Our 2016 depaving schedule is filling up fast, so please contact us as early as possible to inquire about assistance this year.

If you know of a place badly in need of more greenspace, and you have approval/interest to depave from the property owner, please tell us about your vision for the space.

Click here to learn more and submit your site!

Please note: We work with a variety of groups – such as public and private schools, communities of faith, and community-based businesses and nonprofit organizations to remove pavement and create new greenspaces that will benefit the neighborhood as a whole. We aren’t able to perform improvements to residential properties, but are very interested in apartment complexes.

Don’t have a project proposal, but want to see more green in your neighborhood?
Suggest a project location, and we’ll look into it.

PDX ID - Speaker Series

PDX ID – Speaker Series

March 1, 2016  |  News
Design & Identity, Powered by PechaKucha
Presented by ASLA Oregon & Depave 


Intrigued by the intersection of local identity and design? Join us for a casual evening to explore how a spectrum of design disciplines relate to our identity through a series of fun and fast paced presentations by some of Portland’s finest.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Depave, in partnership with PechaKucha Night Portland and Design Week Portland, proudly present the third edition of this exciting PechaKucha style speaker series.

What is PechaKucha? It’s the art of concise presentation. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format using 20 images that advance automatically every 20 seconds. It’s a great way to tour many topics.

Please join us for great discussion and light drinks!
When: Thursday, April 21, 6-7:30, doors @ 5:30
Where: Hatch Innovation: 2420 NE Sandy Blvd

Presentations, emceed by Cameron Whitten, include:

Get your ticket online & save!

RSVP on Facebook

$5 ONLINE     |     $10 AT THE DOOR


Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

Bag It Forward at New Seasons Market

January 4, 2016  |  News

Bag it Forward LogoHelp Depave secure a spot in New Seasons’ Bag it Forward donation campaign by voting January 13-26 at the Grant Park and Arbor Lodge store locations.

Customers can vote to elect one nonprofit for each of the Market’s three tenets of giving: fighting hunger, supporting K-12 schools, and promoting environmental conservation. Voting takes place at each store’s Solutions Center.

Bag it Forward (a 5¢ reusable bag credit donation campaign) will officially launch on February 8th  benefiting the selected nonprofits.

Depave in the Give!Guide

Depave in the Give!Guide

November 1, 2015  |  News


We’re proud to be in the 2015 Give!Guide sponsored Willamette Week!

The Give!Guide is the Portland-Vancouver region’s premier holiday season fundraiser that facilitates year-end giving to a variety of Portland-area nonprofits. Over 150 organizations included in this year’s Give!Guide represent a cross section of organizations focused on: Animals, Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Social Action, Wellness, and Youth.

The goals of the Give!Guide are:

  • to encourage people age 18–35 to get involved in philanthropy,
  • to attract new donors and/or volunteers to these causes, and
  • to provide publicity and exposure to a variety of local nonprofits.

Last year the Give!Guide raised over $2.4 million for 140 local nonprofits. This year we’re hoping to help Willamette Week break the record again.

2015 was Depave’s biggest year since beginning in 2008, and we’re raring to regreen even more in the year to come – take a look at the results of our work here and here. Donations from individuals like you ensure that we’ll be able to support the many community groups seeking our assistance in transforming over-paved places into beautiful greenspaces.


Check out the Give!Guide site to make a donation.


SPECIAL THANKS to our business partners, Opsis Architecture and R&H Construction, for their financial support.

PLUS! GIVE to Depave on Big Give Days (to win rad stuff from Bike Gallery, Powell’s Books, Rogue, Salt & Straw, Timbers and Trail Blazers — Nov 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 30 & Dec 1, 9, 10, 16, 17) and get entered to win garden gear from Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply.

Thank you for helping Depave improve neighborhoods around Portland and beyond!

Tax deductible donations are accepted November through midnight on December 31.