It’s time to get ready for Phase III of the Portland Plan!
Through the Portland Plan – Inspiring Communities Series we will learn about how other cities are tackling economic development, community health, education and equity. We’ll also be exploring how to create complete communities and make the most of our natural systems.
Listen to some innovative ideas from the world's best and brightest thinkers, a panel of local experts and your fellow Portlanders. Have your questions ready!
Healthy and Complete Communities
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7-9 PM
Kaiser Town Hall Ballroom, 3704 N Interstate Avenue
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Dr. Robert Ogilvie
Robert Ogilvie directs Public Health Law & Policy's (PHLP) Planning for Healthy Places program. Over the past 15 years he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Prior to joining PHLP, he served as a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, consultant to city and county governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood activists, and as director of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7-9 PM*
PSU – Lincoln Hall (Room 75), 1620 SW Park Avenue
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Judith Bell has been with PolicyLink since 1999, where she oversees policy development, strategic planning and program implementation, and leads an array of equitable development efforts at the local, state and national levels. Under her leadership, PolicyLink has become a driving force behind key federal policies aimed at creating communities of opportunity – including the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Sustainable Communities Initiative and other efforts to improve access to quality jobs, transportation and healthcare for low-income people and communities of color.
In 2010, Bell helped create the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, an independent nonprofit resource center working with Promise Neighborhoods grantees to develop a pipeline of educational, social and health support services for children in some of the nation’s poorest areas. She also leads PolicyLink work with the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership, a national initiative to support equity-focused efforts that advance policy and environmental changes for healthy people and healthy places.
Previously, Ms. Bell directed the West Coast office of Consumers Union, where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care. She has an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she was a Lucius Littauer fellow, and BAs from UC Santa Cruz.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7-9 PM*
Hollywood Theater, Main Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
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Dr. Julian Agyeman
Julian Agyeman is a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the concept of “just sustainability,” the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. Agyeman founded Britain's Black Environment Network in 1988 and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts in 1996. He is co-founder, and co-editor of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. He is an inspiring and engaging speaker and author of Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice.
Designing for Environment and Community
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 7-9 PM
Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Rm
Cynthia Girling + Ronald Kellett
Cynthia Girling is a professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on neighborhood scale planning, and design for open spaces with naturally based stormwater. With Professor Ronald Kellett, she co-directs the elementsLAB, a research group that creates tools and processes for designing and measuring low environmental impact neighborhoods.
Girling and Kellett are co-authors of Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community (Island Press, 2005), and she is an author of Yard, Street, Park: the Design of Suburban Open Space (with Kenneth Helphand, Wiley, 1994).
Ronald Kellett is a professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. His research links issues of environment and sustainability to the form and spatial patterns of cities. He holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture and has practiced and taught architecture and urban design at the Universities of Oregon and British Columbia. His work has contributed to the development of environment- and sustainability-oriented urban design knowledge, prototypes, standards, guidelines, design tools and indicators.
Monday, January 17, 2011, 7-9 PM
Mercy Corps Action Center, Aceh Community Room, 45 SW Ankeny Street
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Robert Weissbourd heads RW Ventures, LLC, an economic development firm specializing in market-based neighborhood and regional development. He previously served as executive vice president of Shorebank Chicago Companies. Weissbourd has been a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer, as well as author, on a broad range of urban markets, housing, development finance, “green economy” and other economic development issues. He has also testified on these issues before federal, state and local legislatures. Weissbourd is a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. *Childcare will be provided by reservation. Call 503-823-2041.
For more information on the Portland Plan or the Inspiring Communities Series, contact Marty Stockton at 503-823-2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Portland Plan team will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503- 823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.