Learn more about the nature of cities…including ours


Read on for details on an event that will explore the link between urban planning and sustainability…


“The Nature of Cities” and the Portland Plan

Transition Portland General Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Francis School, Che’ Room, 1131 SE Oak Street, Portland 97214

Join Transition PDX to view the film “The Nature of Cities”, by Timothy Beatley (40 min) and a discussion about the film and Portland Plan. Beatley is recognized expert on sustainability and green cities.

We will be joined by Mike Houck, a City Planning and Sustainability Commissioner and author of the book “Portland Wild”. Matt Wickstrom, city district planner of SE Portland will also join us for part the othe meeting to discuss and answer questions about the Portland Plan process.

The film “The Nature of Cites” explores efforts by cities in the US and Europe to integrate nature and sustainable design into the fabric of modern cities. Beatley is the author of numerous books, including “Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities,” “Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age,” and most recently “Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning.

This meeting is a prelude to our discussion in October about the forthcoming draft of the Portland Plan and our input to the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission in November. We will try to equal or improve on our work on the Climate Action Plan of a few years ago. The Portland Plan is a twenty-five year strategic plan that will guide Portland’s future. It is important to all of us and it will allow us to get our message and goals into public policy.

For more information about the Portland Plan go to: http://www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan.

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