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A household energy efficiency effort to benefit 1000 Friends of Oregon

By now we all know winter is coming. You could just accept the drop in temperatures and rise in energy costs. Alternatively, you can participate in a program that supports 1000 Friends, makes your home more comfortable, could save you money on your energy bill, and helps realize Goal 13 of Oregon’s land use planning program; Energy Conservation.

This October...

by Kathy Wilson, 1000 Friends Intern & Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Candidate

This summer 1000 Friends piloted a field trip series to give members and the interested public opportunities to learn about land use planning and policy issues around Portland-Metro. Field trips visited agricultural communities like Helvetia, French Prairie, and the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, and investigated brownfields in urban Portland, as well as equity in East Portland. (A final “Ghost Freeways” walking tour is scheduled for October 16. Click here for details.) Meeting with stakeholders involved in land use...

What impact do different kinds of development have on taxpayers? Can tax policies create incentives for sprawl? Can governments estimate the impact different kinds of development will have on their budgets up front? What tools are available to measure the economic impact of varying approaches to development? Join us September 25 for a presentation by a national expert, analysis of a local case study, and panel discussion by regional leaders. 


Joseph Minicozzi & Gerard Mildner Present: 

Transit Oriented Development in the Pacific NW


Thanks to passionate advocacy by youth, the City of Eugene is moving from general goals to steadfast statute when it comes to climate change. City Councilors voted July 28 to adopt a strong climate change ordinance seeking to cut fossil fuel use to 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2030.

The Register-Guard reports:

The so-called “climate recovery ordinance,” which passed on a 6-2 vote, seeks to cut...

Victoria Lim, an intern from Duke University, visited the Oregon Coast for the first time on a service project in July 2014. She shares her reaction in this reflection:


Fog. Chilly Winds. Rain.

The Oregon Coast at Seaside was unlike any other coast that I have been to before. The beaches I have been to...

Every Oregonian has a unique Oregon Story--how you came here, what you think is outstanding about this place. We asked guests at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala to share their own Oregon Stories. In this video, we share some of our favorite moments. (See photos from the McCall Gala here.)


On June 20, we gathered with friends and Emerging Advocates at the beautiful Exchange Ballroom in Portland. Together we shared our Oregon Stories and looked to the future of Oregon--guided by its land use compass.

Our speakers included Sarah Iannarone of First Stop Portland, who shared how Oregon continues to be a model of innovation for admirers from around the world. Pam Phan charted a course for planning that serves every Oregonian, especially those too often left out of the story. And Stu O'Neill described the work of...

Rob Manning
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:00pm
OPB News

The state agency responsible for governing Oregon’s local land-use plans has come up with a new plan for itself.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development, has two missions: to conserve farm and forestland, and to develop land for houses and jobs.

State law requires local governments to continually ensure they have sufficient land for houses and jobs.

DLCD’s draft strategic plan starts with a goal to work with state agriculture and forestry experts to “ensure a sustainable land supply for Oregon’s agricultural and forest...