cherish the environment and want it protected for future
Many appreciate that Portland sets a high standard
with its longstanding commitment to incorporate nature
into the urban environment. Respondents recognize that
there are current sustainable programs and practices
available to residents, but that there is also wide
demand for enhancing the sustainable services and programs
to ensure that Portland’s future generations will benefit
even more from the preserved environment. They understand
that responsibility for sustaining our natural environment
needs to come from individuals, businesses and government,
but also that support systems should exist to ensure
everyone has access to a sustainable lifestyle.
Portlanders are particularly interested in expanding
public education efforts, especially for children, to
help everyone understand how they can play a part in
preserving a clean environment. They also suggest that
ongoing research be a priority to ensure that Portland
is making the best decisions about how to support its
community members and businesses in sustainable practices.
Simply put, Portlanders envision a cleaner environment
for in the future. They want more care for and protection
of the natural environment and want to see the prevention
of global warming. Portlanders want to implement changes
in environmental practices and policy that are innovative,
and even radical, compared to what exists today in the
city and across the country.
overwhelmingly appreciate the city’s natural environment.
more can be done to sustain and enhance the urban
overwhelmingly appreciate the city’s natural
- People value the existing environmental
awareness and consciousness of so many individual
Portlanders, organizations, businesses and
- Many people appreciate how clean Portland
seems to be, although there is a smaller group
that believes Portland used to be cleaner.
- Portlanders like the responsibility that
the community shares with regard to sustaining
the natural environment. The progressive and
environmentally friendly attitudes of the
general population are exceptional.
would seem our economy has to grow to
keep from collapsing. Perhaps we need
to change our economy to be in step with
Much more can be done to sustain and enhance
the urban natural environments.
- Local and regional natural resources should
- Portland should utilize its capacity for
cutting-edge leadership in the field of environmentalism.
- The city needs to be more proactive in reducing
- There should be strict enforcement of environmental
- Businesses and corporations can reach higher
- All buildings should become Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified
- Holistic and creative approaches to preserve
the environment will have to be utilized.
pollution gives us more trees and more
trees mean fresher air and fresher air
means we are more healthy. It is a chain
industrial sites along the river with
green space, not more buildings…”
my children values of keeping our earth
- Regional approach:
Multi-jurisdictional approaches to environmental
policy are necessary.
- System-wide planning:
In order to consider environmental zones and
stream/waterway health, invasive plants
first need to be addressed on public and private
- People and environment:
"Human impact" needs to be factored into decision-making
concerning the environment. Elect politicians
that care about the environment.
- Equity analysis: Evaluate
who benefits and who suffers from environmental
policy and change, and analyze the
impact of the human footprint on the environment.
- Education: A vital part
of sustaining the environment is to further
educate the public, especially children, about
their responsibility in environmental stewardship.