Our Year In Review

What a year it has been.

  • We started out helping submit a record high number of comments (50,000!!) to stop the Jordan Cove fracked gas project.
  • We helped Zenith go from an unknown facility to the most high profile campaign in the City of Portland.
  • We set up two brand new campaign teams, Transportation Justice, and Forest Defense, to expand the number of fronts we’re fighting this crisis.
  • And we put on the biggest climate mobilization Portland has ever seen (and had a festival while we were at it!)

But we’ve also had some setbacks.

Trump is eroding states’ rights to decide the fate of massive fossil fuel projects, meaning we’ve had to reevaluate our strategy on fighting the Jordan Cove pipeline.

And by supporting the high schoolers and young people of Portland we spent a significant amount of money on the beautiful, powerful, but spontaneous climate strike that wasn’t in our annual budget.

Will you donate today to help us enter 2020 with a burst of momentum and energy?

I’m incredibly hopeful about 2020. It will be the most crucial year in history for the climate, but also our biggest opportunity yet to make huge social change.

Donate Now!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

In solidarity,

Chris
350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

P.S. It’s A Big Give Day!

Donate Today to get entered into a draw to win new snow gear from Patagonia [$600 value], a two-night stay at Five Pine Lodge and four single-day lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor! And to our young supporters, donors age 36 and under get an extra raffle entry and a free pack of Umi Noodles!

Let Metro know – we need a bold transportation plan!

Metro has finally released their recommended projects list for a dismal transportation package (attached). The package brings together a disparate set of spot-fix projects with no commitment to building a bold transit system that will inspire the rapid reduction in driving needed to meet the region’s goals for reducing GHG emissions.

Take action!

Today: Write a statement urging Metro to reject expanded roadway capacity and spot fixes to our transit, bike, and walking system.  Demand a bold vision. See below for expanded notes. Read Metro’s recommendations here.

Wednesday: Turn up for the next task force meeting.  Wear red.  We will be joining other organizations concerned about Metro’s process and direction to flood the Council and Task Force with statements. We will be testifying with our presence at the meeting.  Be there!

When – Wed Nov 20, 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Where – Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland.

With questions or requests for assistance, email Jessie at jessielucidamaran@gmail.com

What do I do with my statement?

Metro has announced that only 15 slots will be available for testimony at the meeting.  To keep those slots open for testimony from a broad range of organizations, submit your statement to the Metro Councilors via email (see below) and bring a hardcopy to the meeting to submit in person.

getmoving@oregonmetro.gov

Lynn.peterson@oregonmetro.gov

Bob.stacey@oregonmetro.gov

Sam.chase@oregonmetro.gov

Christine.lewis@oregonmetro.gov

Shirley.craddick@oregonmetro.gov

Craig.dirksen@oregonmetro.gov

Juancarlos.gonzalez@oregonmetro.gov

Sample email
“Addressing climate change in the face of growing regional population and congestion requires that we reduce the length and distance of trips taken by car. To do so, we must have a transit system, supported by protected bikeways and a complete and safe walking network. Metro’s package includes projects that widen roadway capacity for autos, which always leads to increase levels of driving. The package also includes some transit projects and some bike projects and some improvements to sidewalks and pedestrian crossings across the Metro region (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties).  
To truly make a dent in our climate emissions, we must spend the billions of dollars being ask for by this bond measure ONLY on a big bold vision for the region, a vision that will significantly improve non-auto access for all of the region’s residents. A resilient transportation network that generates ridership, improves safety, and provides equitable access to all of the social and economic benefits this region has to offer. The transit system should:
  • Build integrated regional networks of bus and rail transit, in dedicated lanes, linking neighborhood centers, commercial centers, and job centers.
  • Build integrated regional networks of protected bikeways connecting to centers and neighborhoods
  • Build safe, connected pedestrians access to stations, beginning with the most transit dependent areas of the region.
Essentially, we are asking that Metro stop its progress toward approving the recommendations that have been issued and generate a proposal that it can prove will substantially reduce transportation-related carbon emissions within five years of bond passage.”

Why is this funding package so important?

Over 40% (and rising) of the region’s climate emissions come from the transportation sector.  This is a critical time–and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity–to turn the rising tide of emissions and shape a transportation future that divests from reliance on fossil fuel infrastructure.

We urge you to contact every Metro Councilor (email addresses above) to share your thoughts on the importance of a bold transit-focused vision for the future of the Portland region. The projects and programs put forward by Metro Council must be a visionary rejection of climate change, of transportation inequality, and the mortal dangers posed by drivers to every user of the region’s roadways.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity must effect a significant region-wide mode shift to transit.

This measure should be shaping a transportation system that meets the challenges of climate change with a comprehensive and systemic solution.  With modeling of an ‘aspirational’ transit system, and analysis of the benefits, we take the crucial first step toward a resilient transportation network that generates ridership, improves safety, and provides equitable access to all of the social and economic benefits this region has to offer. The transit system should:

  • Build integrated regional networks of bus and rail transit, in dedicated lanes, linking neighborhood centers, commercial centers, and job centers.
  • Build integrated regional networks of protected bikeways connecting to centers and neighborhoods
  • Build safe, connected pedestrians access to stations, beginning with the most transit dependent areas of the region.

With questions or requests for assistance, email Jessie at jessielucidamaran@gmail.com

Thank you for all you do,

Jessie Maran and Jesse Lopez, 350PDX Transportation Justice Team Co-Leads

350PDX Weekly Update – Crucial Zenith Victory – Oct 23 2019

Hi everyone,

Thanks for everyone who joined us for our General Meeting this Monday!

We dived deep into debriefing the climate strike and 9 different tables came up with 9 rough proposals for what we should do next! A team of volunteers is now collating these proposals and ideas together to explore what Earth Day 2020 could look like in Portland, and we’ll hear from them again at the November General Meeting.

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Updates

  • Victory! City Of Portland Denies Request To Add Pipes To Zenith Oil Terminal

    Thanks to intense community pressure from 350PDX and a range of other organizations the City rejected new pipes at the NW Portland site. Zenith has been exporting Canadian tar sands – the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world – through Portland for over a year. We organized a 60 hour vigil outside the facility last month, and made shutting it down a central demand of the 15,000+ person climate strike to Mayor Ted Wheeler. This decision to deny a permit shows that people power is working! Thank you to all the folks organizing around this, and all the folks showing up at these critical protests and meetings! Want to get involved in the campaign? Give dineen@350pdx.org an email! Read more and share this important victory here and here.

  • Oregon Secretary Of State Rejects Ballot Proposal On Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

    An attempt to repeal a new law that grants undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses has been deemed unconstitutional and can’t proceed. We at 350PDX recognize that climate breakdown is disproportionately impacting the global south and climate justice is so closely tied with immigrant justice, and so welcome this decision! HB 2015 was passed earlier this year. It eliminates the requirement that a person provide proof of legal presence in order to get a state driver’s license.

  • “Kamayan Ng Bayan” or “The People’s Dinner”

    Join Anakbayan & Gabriela Portland for a feast of Filipino food & cultural performances! The Philippines is now the deadliest place in the world for environmental activists, yet despite this a vibrant community of environmental justice groups fights for the climate and for justice. Anakbayan and Gabriela are two of those organizations, and this is a great opportunity to support the crucial work they do. A “kamayan” is Filipino feast where participants eat with their hands. Sat Nov 2, 6:00PM – 8:00PM. $25/ticket, details here.

Requests

Opportunities

  • Trade War or Cold War?

    Mon Oct 28, 6:30PM – 8:30PM @ SEIU Local 49, 3536 SE 26th Ave, Portland

    International trade, particularly between these the US and China, has enormous repercussions for fossil fuel infrastructure here in the Pacific Northwest. The proposed Kalama methanol refinery (slated to be the biggest in the world) just 38 miles from Portland is from a Chinese government run company. This event will be a panel conversation on the US-China “Trade War”, going beyond the headlines and hearing from frontline voices – workers, colonized peoples and others whose voices have been drowned out by the pro-corporate and pro-militarist media as two superpowers escalate tensions. Including speakers from local Philippine organization BAYAN who have a strong climate justice focus and joined the climate strike last month. Facebook event.

  • Metro 2020 Taskforce Meeting – Write & Submit Testimony!

    Wed Oct 30, 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland

    Metro is now preparing a transportation improvement measure for the November 2020 ballot. Referred to as Metro 2020, this measure will propose approximately $20 billion in funding for transportation improvements in the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas county region. A transportation task force has been meeting to determine the corridors, programs, and projects that will receive improvements. At this meeting, the task force will be discussing the projects that Metro staff recommends be selected for inclusion in the bond.

    The more people showing up to these meetings, the more scrutiny and pressure we can exert to make this a green new deal for transportation, instead of billions of dollars for fossil fuel car infrastructure! Write a letter to submit as written testimony, sign up to testify, or just show up in support. Wear red! Contact Jessie – jessielucidamaran@gmail.com – with any questions. Read a guide on how to testify at the Metro 2020 Taskforce meeting here!

  • PDX Forward – Climate Justice

    Wed Oct 30, 6:00PM – 7:30PM @ Shine Distillery & Grill, 4232 N. Williams Ave, Portland

    Join our very own Anissa Pemberton, along with spokespeople from the Sunrise Movement and PCEF (Portland Clean Energy Fund) for a panel and evening of mingling. “With the recent massive climate strike, the ongoing implementation of the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), and the Green New Deal gaining momentum there is no better topic for our October event than Climate Justice!”. Portland Forward – “an intergenerational learning hub for the political process”

  • NE Team Special Meeting: What’s happening with the Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment?

    Wed Oct 30, 7:00PM – 8:30PM @ Leaven Community Center (corner of NE Killingsworth and NE 20th Ave)

    Come along and hear an update from our Watchdog Team, who will give a presentation to the NE 350PDX team about the relationship between the City/County Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment. We’ll discuss what we know of plans to lower emissions via the Climate Action Plan and to achieve 100% Renewable Energy. Additionally, we’ll outline what some other cities are doing to reach 100% Renewable Energy across sectors.

  • County Resolution Opposing Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

    Thurs Oct 31, 9:30AM – 11:30AM @ 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    Join us on October 31, at the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners meeting, to support their new resolution opposing fossil fuel infrastructure! Wear red! This resolution is important. Not only does it set out the County’s opposition to new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure, but it outlines their goal to hold industries financially accountable for the risks they impose on communities – from spills, explosions, and derailments – and climate change. We’ll hear testimony from experts, activists and residents. Facebook event here, read the resolution here, and more info here.

  • Give!Guide Kickoff Party

    Fri Nov 1, 5:00PM – 7:00PM @ Jupiter NEXT, 900 East Burnside Street, Portland

    We’re in the Give!Guide again this year, woohoo! Join us for this free + all ages party with “Do-gooder tarot readings; Future Feels 2030: an interactive exhibit about climate change; Photo madness with Happymatic Photo Booth; A chance to cut all the rugs with DJ Le’Mix (Greg LeMieux); Tasty food and drinks from Diageo (vegan and non-alcoholic options); A fiery raffle featuring items from Patagonia Portland, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tillamook Creamery and more!”

  • Huge Salem Rally – Gov. Brown: The Time is Now #StopJordanCove

    Thurs Nov 21, 11:00AM – 12:30PM @ Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem Wear red!

    Save the date! Governor Brown, communities across the Pacific Northwest are calling on you to join them by stopping the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline. For over a decade, this project has threatened private and public lands, tribal sites and cultural resources, public safety, and existing jobs in fishing, tourism, and more. Governor Brown cannot claim to be a climate champion while remaining silent on a proposed fracked gas export project that would become Oregon’s single largest climate polluter.

    That’s why our communities will join together at a rally at the state capitol to tell Kate Brown that the time is now: deny all state permits, challenge the Federal Government’s power grabs, and join us in protecting health, safety, and our climate from Jordan Cove LNG.

    We will rally on the front steps of the State Capitol Building (900 Court St NE) in Salem, OR at 11:00am on Thursday, November 21st.

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this wicked and warm movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

350PDX Weekly Update – Wanna be a kayaktivist? – Oct 16 2019


Photo Credit Lorraine Olivia

Hi everyone,

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Requests

  • North Portland Neighborhood team

    350PDX is currently in the process of organizing a North Portland Neighborhood Climate Justice Team — and we’re looking for you to join! If you’re interested in being a part of a self-sustaining neighborhood-based climate justice team, please e-mail Misha or Anissa (misha@350pdx.org anissa@350pdx.org).

    Meetings would be monthly (or whatever the team decides) and you’d have the empowerment of organizing for the issues the cohort chooses, and options to engage in other climate justice work in North Portland with other organizations as well! We’re currently looking for a consistent space to meet in – if you have a community space or know of one that could be donated once a month for Neighborhood Team Meetings, please e-mail Misha or Anissa (misha@350pdx.org anissa@350pdx.org) — They’d love to hear from you!

  • Respond to Oregon Dept of Energy Survey

    The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) is developing a strategic plan that will focus on the energy programs and issues that are most important to Oregonians. Please participate in the strategic planning survey by Friday, October 18 to share your views about energy priorities and programs in the state. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

    Big picture message that we’re emphasizing in this survey are: Don’t waste agency resources on ANY new fossil fuel infrastructure. ODOE should dedicate its time & resources to the rapid expansion of renewable energy that benefits all Oregonians, prioritizing climate justice, equity, and a just transition. ODOE just approved a permit extension for the proposed Perennial Wind Chaser Station gas power plant in Eastern Oregon, so they need to hear from Oregonians that ending the climate crisis is our overarching priority.

Updates

  • Holding the Thin Green Line – A New Radio Documentary by Barbara Bernstein

    A new 4 part radio documentary by local climate KBOO presenter (/climate hero) Barbara Bernstein dives into the fossil fuel fights of the Pacific Northwest and the communities fighting these projects. Check it out here.

    And I highly recommend that you tune in to her regular KBOO show ‘Locus Focus‘ on Monday mornings 10am (or listen online whenever here). It’s a great resource to learn about Jordan Cove, Zenith tar sands, Kalama methanol and all the other fossil fuel projects we’re fighting against. All the previous shows are online and often feature local activists including 350PDX volunteers!

  • South Texas Refugee & Migrant Rights Fundraiser!

    An immigrant justice solidarity opportunity – A reading and concert in support of South Texas Humanitarian Border Aide, All proceeds going to Team Brownsville & The McAllen Respite Center. Oct 20, 7pm at Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand Ave. Tickets here.

Opportunities

  • Metro 2020 Transportation Funding Task Force meeting

    TONIGHT Wed Oct 16, 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland

    Metro is the region’s planning organization, responsible for long range land use planning and maintaining the Portland-area urban growth boundary. Metro is also responsible for planning the region’s transportation system, though it is a separate organization from TriMet, which operates most of the region’s buses and the MAX Light Rail system. Metro is currently overseeing a $652.8 million regional bond for affordable housing, passed in November 2018.

    Metro is now preparing a transportation improvement measure for the November 2020 ballot. Referred to as Metro 2020, this measure will propose approximately $20 billion in funding for transportation improvements in the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas county region. A transportation task force has been meeting to determine the corridors, programs, and projects that will receive improvements. The more people showing up to these meetings, the more scrutiny and pressure we can exert to make this a green new deal for transportation, instead of billions of dollars for fossil fuel car infrastructure! Write a letter to submit as written testimony, sign up to testify, or just show up in support. Wear red! Contact Jessie – jessielucidamaran@gmail.com – with any questions.

  • Goal Zero Tour 2019

    Sat Oct 19, 10:00AM – 4:00PM @ Throughout NE / N Portland

    Residential buildings account for ​almost a quarter of all energy usage​ in the state of Oregon, and zero energy home design is an important strategy in climate adaptation. Join Solar Oregon, Passive House Northwest, Earth Advantage, Green Hammer, and the Home Performance Council of the HBA for this finale event of Sustainable Building Week 2019. Explore a mix of new and retrofit homes and learn all the surprisingly simple, accessible, and innovate strategies that homeowners use for getting to zero. This open-house style tour from 10 am – 4 pm will feature net zero, ‘path to net zero’, and zero energy ready homes in N, NE, and SE Portland. Bike, scooter, bus, or drive between a dozen homes on a 5 mile diameter circuit through the city. Facebook event.

  • Kayaktivist Training

    Sat Oct 19 and Sun Oct 20, RSVP for times @ Cathedral Park, St Johns, North Portland

    Do you want to be a kayaktivist (kayak activist)? Trainings from beginners to advanced will be held this coming weekend by Mosquito Fleet at Cathedral Park. Fill in the form for details! Dust off your kayaks or borrow them from friends. They will also have some kayaks to borrow. If you can loan a kayak (but aren’t necessarily joining a training), please email Maya at rommwatt@gmail.com.

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  • 350PDX General Meeting – Climate Strike – What Next?

    Mon Oct 21, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

    Can you believe it’s been about 3 weeks since over 15,000 (!!) of us were in the streets at Portland’s Climate Strike? Join us next Monday for our October General Meeting, focused on reflecting the amazing climate strike we all put on, and starting to think about what’s next (*cough* Earth Day 2020 *cough* *cough*). You’ll also get a chance to find out what all our campaign teams are up to and get involved with them!

    Potluck – Optional potluck 5:45PM – 6:15PM – Bring yummy shareable food, but feel free to show up without food too!

    RSVP here! This is a great chance to get involved in the climate movement whether you’re completely new or have been around for a while. Come along even if you didn’t make it to the Sept 20 strike!

    Agenda

    5:45PM – Potluck

    6:15PM – Welcome, land acknowledgment

    6:20PM – Deep Dive – Climate Strike reflection and Earth Day 2020

    7:20PM – Announcements

    7:30PM – Team tabling – your chance to chat to teams to see what they’re up to

    8:00PM – Meeting is done!

  • Trimet Board Meeting

    Wed Oct 23, 9:00AM – 12:00PM @ Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Milikan Way, Beaverton

    Without an independent study on climate and environmental impacts, Trimet just decided to spend millions on diesel buses that have a service life of almost 20 years instead of choosing electric busses. Board members from impacted communities were overruled. Help overturn this detrimental decision at a time when we are facing climate crisis and must move away from dirty fossil fuels. This decision can and must be reversed. Viable zero emission alternatives exist and other electric fleets are operating successfully. Please wear RED.

  • NE Team Special Meeting: What’s happening with the Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment?

    Wed Oct 30, 7:00PM – 8:30PM @ Leaven Community Center (corner of NE Killingsworth and NE 20th Ave)

    Come along and hear an update from our Watchdog Team, who will give a presentation to the NE 350PDX team about the relationship between the City/County Climate Action Plan and the 100% Renewable Commitment. We’ll discuss what we know of plans to lower emissions via the Climate Action Plan and to achieve 100% Renewable Energy. Additionally, we’ll outline what some other cities are doing to reach 100% Renewable Energy across sectors.

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this vast and vivacious movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

350PDX Weekly Update – Good Grief – Oct 9 2019

Hi everyone,

In our increasingly chaotic climate, feelings of grief, stress and burnout can be common. Long term emergency work is exhausting and often discouraging in our culture where denial has become delusion, and justice, for those in the margins, is challenged daily from the nation’s leaders. Our consumer culture has commodified and isolated us. That’s why we’re happy to introduce a weekly ‘good grief’ support group – 10 Steps to Personal Resilience in a Chaotic Climate. Every evening on Thursdays starting Oct 17 7pm. See more details here.


Copyright Rick Rappaport 2019

Here’s your 350PDX weekly update!

Requests

  • Join our On Call Task team

    Are you sometimes available to do quick easy tasks? Things like writing thank you cards, helping with events, data entry, going to the post office, etc. I’m looking for 10-20 people to be on an On Call Task team who I can reach out to when things pop up. You’re not committing to actually doing the things right now, I’ll just email out to the 10-20 people every so often and you can say ‘yes I’m free!’ if you’re free! Interested? Let chris@350pdx.org know!

  • Fundraiser to Send Native Protectors to Mauna Kea

    Solidarity with indigenous communities is essential to our fight for climate justice. Araleyah Rojas is a youth indigenous organizer here in Portland. She began her organizing journey only a few months ago when she led a No Kids in Cages action at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Portland in July 2019. She has gone on to take an active roles in the Youth Climate Strike Portland, and continues to be an organizers growing in strength in our community. She has recently sacrificed a stable income and quit paid employment to organize full-time and this month founded the Generation Resistance organizing collective of indigenous and POC youth. She is seeking funding for her and other organizers to respond to the call from Mauna Kea to all indigenous folks to join them in their stand. https://www.plumfund.com/community-crowdfunding/send-native-protectors-to-mauna-kea.

Updates

  • Holding the Thin Green Line – A New Radio Documentary by Barbara Bernstein

    A new 4 part radio documentary by local climate KBOO presenter (/climate hero) Barbara Bernstein dives into the fossil fuel fights of the Pacific Northwest and the communities fighting these projects. Check it out here.

    And I highly recommend that you tune in to her regular KBOO show ‘Locus Focus‘ on Monday mornings 10am (or listen online whenever here). It’s a great resource to learn about Jordan Cove, Zenith tar sands, Kalama methanol and all the other fossil fuel projects we’re fighting against. All the previous shows are online and often feature local activists including 350PDX volunteers!

Opportunities

  • Public Forum on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure and Risk

    Mon Oct 14, 6:30PM – 8:00PM @ St Johns – Water Pollution Control Laboratory (6543 N. Burlington Avenue) – RSVP here

    Wear red! Multnomah County is hosting another public forum with Commissioners Meieron and Jayapal on the risks from fossil fuels at the Critical Energy Infrastructure hub (CEI) in St. Johns on October 14th.

    These forums are aimed at gathering community input ahead of the County’s risk assessment of oil and gas terminals at the CEI hub. It also comes in advance of the County’s planned resolution opposing fossil fuel infrastructure. Join us in voicing our concerns about pollution and risk from the oil and gas tankers on the river, like the Zenith oil terminal. Share your ideas for how a managed decline of fossil fuels might benefit our communities, and help call for a just transition paid for by the polluters!

  • SAVE the DATE: Multnomah County Briefing on 100% Renewable Energy Resolution

    Tues Oct 15, 10:30AM – 12:00PM @ 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

    Join us for a briefing on Multnomah County’s progress toward achieving the targets laid out in the County’s landmark 100% renewable energy by 2050 resolution. Utilities Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, and Northwest Natural will provide updates to the county on their progress. Show up to show your support for strong, meaningful action for a just transition to 100% renewable energy and to hold these utilities accountable. RSVP here. Share Facebook event here.

  • Testify at City Council Mtg, Re: Beaverton Climate Action Plan

    Tues Oct 15, 6:00PM @ Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton

    Beaverton City Council is tentatively voting on the final version of the Beaverton Climate Action Plan at their 10/15 City Council Meeting, please show up and testify. We want the city to see that many people support action to address the climate crisis and that we will hold them accountable and make sure they act to cut emissions. The draft Beaverton climate action plan has been posted with a survey link: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/399/Sustainability. Any additional comments can be made to: mailboxmayorgreen@beavertonoregon.gov. Share Facebook event here.

  • Metro 2020 Transportation Funding Task Force meeting

    Wed Oct 16, 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ Metro Regional Center, council chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland

    Metro is the region’s planning organization, responsible for long range land use planning and maintaining the Portland-area urban growth boundary. Metro is also responsible for planning the region’s transportation system, though it is a separate organization from TriMet, which operates most of the region’s buses and the MAX Light Rail system. Metro is currently overseeing a $652.8 million regional bond for affordable housing, passed in November 2018.

    Metro is now preparing a transportation improvement measure for the November 2020 ballot. Referred to as Metro 2020, this measure will propose approximately $20 billion in funding for transportation improvements in the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas county region. A transportation task force has been meeting to determine the corridors, programs, and projects that will receive improvements. The more people showing up to these meetings, the more scrutiny and pressure we can exert to make this a green new deal for transportation, instead of billions of dollars for fossil fuel car infrastructure! Write a letter to submit as written testimony, sign up to testify, or just show up in support. Wear red! Contact Jessie – jessielucidamaran@gmail.com – with any questions.

  • Goal Zero Tour 2019

    Sat Oct 19, 10:00AM – 4:00PM @ Throughout NE / N Portland

    Residential buildings account for ​almost a quarter of all energy usage​ in the state of Oregon, and zero energy home design is an important strategy in climate adaptation. Join Solar Oregon, Passive House Northwest, Earth Advantage, Green Hammer, and the Home Performance Council of the HBA for this finale event of Sustainable Building Week 2019. Explore a mix of new and retrofit homes and learn all the surprisingly simple, accessible, and innovate strategies that homeowners use for getting to zero. This open-house style tour from 10 am – 4 pm will feature net zero, ‘path to net zero’, and zero energy ready homes in N, NE, and SE Portland. Bike, scooter, bus, or drive between a dozen homes on a 5 mile diameter circuit through the city. Facebook event.

  • 350PDX General Meeting – Climate Strike – What Next?

    Mon Oct 21, 6:00PM – 8:00PM @ 350PDX, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland

    The Sept 20 PDX Climate Strike was a huge success and marked the debut of two new tactics – 1) the strike, and 2) the climate festival.

    — What went well?

    — What can we do better?

    — What’s next?

    Join us for a 350PDX General Meeting to brainstorm these questions, and start figuring out what’s next for the climate strike movement!

Thank you all for the work that you do, and for being part of this uplifting and unyielding movement,
Chris – 350PDX Volunteer & Communications Coordinator

American Wind Week

American Wind Week – Tour of EDPR’s Rattlesnake Road & Wheat Field Wind Farms, August 2019 

By Jane Stackhouse

American Wind Week brought members of 350PDX and Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) together for a tour of EDP Renewables’ (EDPR) Rattlesnake Road and Wheat Field wind farms in Arlington Oregon.  350PDX member Virginia Wiseman arranged for the tour. It met all of our needs: transportation, lunch, and interesting speakers. 

The first thing I learned is they are wind turbines, not wind mills.  Wind mills grind grain or move water while wind turbines create clean power.  Operations Manager Nick Van Hollebeke showed us the monitoring system and provided details about the farms.  The status of each turbine, current and projected wind conditions, and power being generated are monitored from terminals in the office.

Rattlesnake Road generates 102.9 MW (enough to power 27,000 homes).  Wheat Field generates 96.6 MW (powers over 25,000 homes) and the owner still raises a wheat crop on the land.  Together the farms have 95 Suzlon 2.1 MW turbines. There are 20 employees on the site to monitor and maintain the turbines.  After a safety training EDPR Lead Technician Jarod Wizner and Nick took us on a tour.

These turbines are huge, about 250 feet high. (We did not get to climb the access ladder inside the tower. Special equipment, permission, and good physical condition are required.)  Jarod explained that the blades turn at 15 revolutions per minute. The rotor turns gears with a 118:1 ratio so the 15 rpm become 1800 rpm and generates 2.1 MW at its maximum output.  This power runs on underground cable through a transformer at the base, to a substation. There it is amplified to 230 kV (kilovolts) and sent via overhead wires into the grid.  

Jarod also described several features of the turbines.  The gears and generator are inside the nacelle. The technicians climb an interior ladder using safety gear to work inside and on top of the nacelle.

The wind vane, anemometer and controller atop the nacelle automatically keep the blades turned into the wind and can shut the turbine off if the wind is too strong.

This illustration of a wind power plant shows how a group of wind turbines make electricity for the gird.  The electricity is sent through transmission and distribution lines to utility customers.  

  1. Rotating generator converts wind energy to electricity.
  2. Transformer increases voltage for transmission to substation.
  3. Substation increases voltage for transmission over long distances.
  4. Transmission to the grid.

As we watched the blades create energy I was aware of the sound of the wind but not the sound of the rotors until someone commented on how quiet they are.  The blade tips are traveling at 150 mph and yet make only a soft swishing sound as they pass. At that rotation speed, we all wanted to know about the danger to birds and bats.

Hayley Mallen is EDPR’s Senior Environmental Associate.  She described the studies that the wind farms conduct in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to measure impact on birds, bats, and other wildlife.  (Studies show that house cats allowed to roam outdoors kill more birds than wind turbines.) One preventive measure is to ensure that any dead ground animals are immediately removed so flying carrion eaters are not attracted to the area.  Jarod says he sees occasional bird deaths due to birds nesting on the poles and getting into the wires but not by the wind turbines themselves.

Our lunch time speakers talked about how the wind industry has been good for Gilliam County. This area has always had nearly constant wind. These two farms were built between 2008 and 2009.  The land is leased from two owners, who still raise hay and wheat crops on the land. The construction jobs brought employment and revenue to local businesses because of the construction firm’s buy-local policy.  The long-term maintenance jobs meant local people with mechanical and electrical aptitude could get good paying jobs (median pay is $54,000/year). Over the past ten years, the initial investment of about $659 million has resulted in about $1.9 billion spent within the state of Oregon, a total of $25.6 million in cumulative payments to local governments, and $23 million paid to local landowners. Harnessing the power of the wind has been good for the Gilliam County economy and provides clean electricity to the entire State.

American Wind Week will be back next year.  I hope many of you will have the opportunity to join a tour and see clean energy generation up close.  Thanks to Virginia Wiseman and all the staff at EDPR for arranging this tour.

Jane Stackhouse

350PDX NE Member

Nick Van Hollebeke and Jarod Wizner prepare us for a tour of Rattlesnake Road and Wheat Field wind farm with safety training.  August 8, 2019.

Not here, not anywhere: a recap of the Stop Zenith Vigil

As part of the Climate Strike Week of Action, our community hosted the Stop Zenith Vigil for 60 continual hours from Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 AM to Thursday September 26 at 7:00 PM. It was a beautiful, moving, and strategically important time. About 150 people participated in the Vigil during those 3 days, many holding shifts late into the night or before sunrise very early in the morning. It was a time of deep learning about ourselves, our community members, the NW Industrial district, and about the movement of oil trains at the Zenith facility.

In the middle of the 60 hours, we held a Night of Illumination, where we heard from tribal elders, musicians, community leaders, and vigil participants about the necessity of stopping the Zenith tar sands facility and returning the land to its original habitat. Click here to view moving photos of this event from the Oregonian.

In the news…

Demonstrators Hold 60-Hour Vigil at Zenith Energy in NW Portland – The Oregonian

Portland Activists Won’t Let City Council Forget About Zenith – Portland Mercury

In their own words: Direct quotes from the Vigil’s guest book

  • “So excited to be here at the final hours of the vigil!  Missing 4th period to be here today in support of something so important, and bringing awareness to such a large issue that is largely unknown.”
  • “Here for my grandkids.  What else can I say.”
  • “I’m here because the earth is fragile, life is precious, people are beautiful,  but all of it is precarious and in peril.  We unite to save what we have and to radically change everything so our children and their children and their children can live.”
  • “I am so moved by the people I’ve met in this space, and by the wild love and commitment that brought us together.  It’s 3 AM in the morning and I’m tired and grateful.  Tonight has felt like a song or a prayer.  Tonight I feel like we can win a better world, like this place can be restored, like this struggle can restore us.  Thank you, organizers who made this happen.  Onward to more!”
  • “I am here to do my part in a great effort to have our concerns heard and seen.  Great to see strangers come through to offer support.”
  • “I’m here because I believe we need to make change, and that we can, and must, make a different world.  I’m also here because there is strength and hope in working and being together with others who share the commitment to work for change. NO TAR SANDS.  NOT HERE.  NOT ANYWHERE.”

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who participated, who held a shift during the vigil, who brought food or warm drinks, who spoke or sang at the Night of Illumination, who supplied materials, and so much more. And a special thank you to 350PDX all-star volunteer Melanie Plaut, who led the organization of the Vigil from start to finish, thought of all the details from small to large, and made everyone participating feel supported. 350PDX is incredibly grateful (every single day!) to work with all of the incredible volunteers in our community. Thank you, thank you! Let’s keep it up.

Update in regards the Change of Color petition

We have been asked by the teenagers who were affected by police brutality during the Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th, to pull back on public displays of support, including the Color of Change petition. Initially, they supported the petition and appreciate all the community support, however, at this time they have decided they would like privacy, time, and space to heal and understand what they need. They are asking for any witnesses of the violence to please contact us, 350PDX at info@350pdx.org or Misha at misha@350pdx.org

The students and their families are concerned about the videos circulating of the police brutality. In our original statement we provided the article, “How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice.” We ask our supporters to read this article, consider the ways racialized trauma impacts people of color, and reconsider before sharing violent imagery of police brutality against people of color. We understand the intention of informing the public, but please consider the impact on people of color.

Thank you all for your support and attention to this issue. We will not be posting publicly about what we are doing to support the students and their families until given express consent. However, we are working diligently to make sure that any needs they have, including legal, financial and emotional support, are met through any connections or resources we may have.

350PDX Staff

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