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Portlanders cherish the environment and want it protected for future generations.

Section Summary

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.

Summary of Main Ideas

  1. Portlanders overwhelmingly appreciate the city’s natural environment.
  2. Much more can be done to sustain and enhance the urban natural environments.


  1. Portlanders overwhelmingly appreciate the city’s natural environment.
  • People value the existing environmental awareness and consciousness of so many individual Portlanders, organizations, businesses and government.
  • 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.
“…It would seem our economy has to grow to keep from collapsing. Perhaps we need to change our economy to be in step with nature.”

  1. Much more can be done to sustain and enhance the urban natural environments.
  • Local and regional natural resources should be preserved.
  • Portland should utilize its capacity for cutting-edge leadership in the field of environmentalism.
  • The city needs to be more proactive in reducing global warming.
  • There should be strict enforcement of environmental standards.
  • Businesses and corporations can reach higher sustainability standards.
  • All buildings should become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified or “green.”
  • Holistic and creative approaches to preserve the environment will have to be utilized.

“Less pollution gives us more trees and more trees mean fresher air and fresher air means we are more healthy. It is a chain reaction.”

“Reclaim industrial sites along the river with green space, not more buildings…”

"Teach my children values of keeping our earth clean.”

Sample Strategies:

  1. Regional approach: Multi-jurisdictional approaches to environmental policy are necessary.
  2. System-wide planning: In order to consider environmental zones and stream/waterway health,  invasive plants first need to be addressed on public and private land.
  3. People and environment: "Human impact" needs to be factored into decision-making concerning the environment. Elect politicians that care about the environment.
  4. Equity analysis: Evaluate who benefits and who suffers from environmental policy and change, and analyze the impact of the human footprint on the environment.
  5. Education: A vital part of sustaining the environment is to further educate the public, especially children, about their responsibility in environmental stewardship.