Portland Plan Inspiring Communities Series Discusses Environment & Community Design

Mayor Sam Adams will introduce a panel of national and local experts discussing the links between environmental sustainability and community design this Wednesday evening, January 12, at the Ecotrust building in Portland's Pearl District.

Wednesday's event will feature Professors Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. Drs. Girling and Kellett are co-directors of the elementsDB, a research group that examines low-impact neighborhoods and provides tools examples for planners and others interested in replicating positive examples in their own communities. Following their presentation, Girling and Kellett will engage with the audience and a panel of local experts including Michael Abbate, director of urban design for the City of Gresham; Mike Houck, director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute; Carol Mayer-Reed, partner-in-charge of landscape architecture and urban design at Mayer/Reed; and Chris Smith, local planning activist and publisher of the PortlandTransport.com blog. The discussion will be moderated by Susan Anderson, Director of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

For more information on the event, and on the Inspiring Communities series, which is co-presented by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland City Club, and Portland State University, click here.

The event will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., from 7-9pm. For those who can't make it in person, a live stream and recap will be available at the Inspiring Communities series homepage.

Note that this event was rescheduled from January 10 due to the national championship football game featuring the Oregon Ducks.