imagine a pollution-free future.
There is considerable disagreement over pollution levels
in Portland. A large number of respondents deem the
streets, parks, highways, air and drinking water to
be clean. Others believe more needs to be done to alleviate
pollution in our city and region. These respondents
are concerned for their health and well-being and feel
that their quality of life is compromised due to pollutants. Many
express the need for reduction or even the banning of
major sources of pollution, such as fossil fuels, in
When considering the long-term impacts of pollution,
Portlanders appreciate local efforts to address peak
oil concerns through research, policy and alternative
energy promotion. People also emphasize investments
in alternative transportation, such as increasing bike
paths, as a method of reducing pollution by making it
easier for people to choose biking over driving.
seems less polluted than other cities.
- Many people are concerned
about the negative health impacts of pollution.
- Government, businesses
and individuals should be held accountable for polluting
the environment and supported for reducing pollution.
- Public education and outreach
needs to be a tool for building broad community awareness
of ways to improve the environment and reduce pollution.
seems less polluted than other cities.
- Many people value the overall cleanliness
- Some feel that the City is invested in keeping
the city clean when, for instance, they see
an abundance of public garbage containers
around town to help reduce waste in the streets.
- Numerous people believe that decent air
quality requires the preservation of
trees and forests in the city.
- Some approve of the fact that our city is
already addressing peak oil through research
and alternative energy options.
- Many attribute the lower levels of pollution
in Portland to efforts that have been made
to encourage cycling and other forms of alternative
- Expand bike lanes throughout the
city as a way to address pollution.
people are concerned about the negative health
impacts of pollution.
- A large number of Portlanders raise concerns
over the individual and community health effects
of one or more of the following types of pollution:
- Air pollution (for more detail, see Environment:
- Water pollution (for more detail, see
- Industrial pollution, particularly the
overflow of industrial pollutants into rivers;
- Soil contamination;
- Pesticide use, especially in Portland
parks and on foods sold in stores or given
to children in schools;
- Radioactive contamination; and/or
- Noise pollution
- Portlanders make a call to ensure that neighborhoods
most affected by pollution receive special
attention, NW Portland in particular
has bad air qualit as neighborhoods closest
- Pesticide use should be banned
from use in public spaces such as parks.
businesses and individuals should be held
accountable for polluting the environment,
and supported for reducing pollution.
- Implementing anti-pollution policies and
practices in the near future is necessary
to plan for a long-term, environmentally thriving
and healthy future of Portland.
- Companies that emit toxins in the air and
water should be subject to regulatory enforcement
and strict penalties for non-compliance.
- The City should offer incentives to individuals
to encourage the use of more sustainable materials
and environmental practices.
the reins away from the federal government
and spearhead a directed initiative between
Washington, Oregon and the various cities
located on both the Columbia and Willamette
rivers for a true and comprehensive clean-up.
In a city that prides itself on green
living, a better and functional effort
must be made to clean our rivers. Take
- Eliminate mercury use in dentist
offices; dispose of mercury responsibly.
education and outreach needs to be a tool
for building broad community awareness of
ways to improve the environment and reduce
- People need to know how to access available pollution
- Some respondents believe that effective
public education will help bring about a common
practice of environmental integrity among
need to identify, recognize and promote
the culture, values, environment and other
assets that are being recognized nationally
more so than locally. We need to put a
high level of emphasis on maintaining
and sustaining high quality public education.”
air! Mainly I would like regulations that
reduce our environmental exposure to toxic
substances. I would like Portland parks
and school grounds to be pesticide free.
I would like higher emissions standards
for cars and industry. I would like bars
to be non-smoking. In addition, more bike
lanes, higher CO2 emissions standards
(Kyoto Protocol), more green building,
and green spaces, more max lines, and
more community gardens would be very positive