Dear friend,

From training land use leaders of tomorrow, to collaborating with community-based organizations today, to sharing land use on field trips, to drawing connections between health and planning, we have been busy. Read on to learn more. 

Over this beautiful summer in Oregon we hope you explored this great state of ours, enjoyed time outside with loved ones, and had opportunities to experience the benefits of land use. Whether you ate fresh, locally grown food, walked on our public beaches, viewed a rural landscape from atop a peak, or spent an afternoon in a park, land use touched your summer. 

Between now and the end of the year we'll bring programming to Bend, Medford, Salem, Eugene, Beaverton and more. You can always find out when we're coming to your town at friends.org/news/events. Please join us!

All our best,
The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Welcome Pam Phan and our new Hub & Spoke Internship Program

This fall 1000 Friends launches a Hub and Spoke Internship Program, which pairs Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Candidates from Portland State University with community-based organizations that serve low-income communities and communities of color. The first year of our Hub and Spoke Program will focus on housing affordability. 

We are excited to introduce Pam Phan as Hub Coordinator, and our newest staff member. She is a 2014 graduate of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at PSU. Pam has over 15 years experience working with immigrants, refugees, and youth of color, with a focus to help create political space around the issues that affect them most. 

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Reflections on our Field Trips Pilot Project

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. Meeting with stakeholders involved in land use issues gave attendees a deeper, more informed understanding of the impacts of land use planning in the daily lives of our regional community members. Read our blog post reflecting on the Equity in East Portland field trip. 


Fiscal Impacts of Development Styles: Sept. 25

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 -- and taxpayer burdens -- up front? What tools exist that governments can use today? We are pleased to bring national fiscal impacts analysis expert, Joseph Minicozzi, to Oregon to answers to these questions. We thank our allies and friends in the Thriving Cities Alliance for their help making this event possible. Click here for more information, and to register for the event at Metro's offices on September 25th. 


2014 Healthy Community Speaker Series 

Beaverton, Bend, Salem, and Eugene: Join us for the Healthy Community Speaker Series! What does the latest research say about childhood health and active communities? How do community design, land use, and transportation policies enable people to be more physically active -- and, in turn, healthier throughout their lives? We are pleased to sponsor this series and raise the profile of the connections between health and land use. Visit friends.org/news/events for details.

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Ghost Freeways Tour: October 16

Ever wonder how freeway expansion projects fail? Interested in how history might inform our approach to projects like the Columbia River Crossing? Find out on our Ghost Freeways Tour. Join us for a tour led by a local transportation engineer who worked on some of these "Ghost Freeways," as well as smart growth professionals who will be in town attending the Growth Management Leadership Alliance's annual conference, hosted by 1000 Friends. Register for the tour here, and learn about our Columbia River Crossing positon here.

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Land Use Leadership Initiative Launch 

Just last weekend our third annual Land Use Leadership Initiative launched. Nearly two dozen committed people came together to begin six months of intensive land use and leadership training. In their words, they are "making land use cool and accessible." We are honored and inspired by their investment. To learn more about their work click here. And follow along on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1000Oregon). 

2014 LULI Launch

Goal 13 and Your Home

This October you can help realize Goal 13 of Oregon's land use program, Energy Conservation, and support 1000 Friends of Oregon. Thanks to our generous partners, Neil Kelly and Clean Energy Works, you can have a free home energy audit and earn $100 for 1000 Friends. Your audit will support our strategic planning efforts (did you know we turn 40 next year?!), and give you a list of the most efficient upgrades to your home that will increase comfort and save energy. For more information, click here. And watch for an email October 1 when you can sign up!


EarthShare Oregon Workplace Giving

EarthShare Oregon is a nonprofit that allows employees across Oregon to support nearly 80 of the best environmental organizations here at home, and coast to coast. You can make one-time or regular donations from your paycheck – just by signing up once a year. Does your workplace offer EarthShare? Find out. If not, EarthShare staff will work with your employer to set up a program that meets your company’s needs. Learn more about bringing EarthShare to your workplace.


 Land Use Trail 

Love Oregon? Share photos of what you love about this place with us! You can use the tag @1000Oregon on Twitter or Instagram, or email photos to amanda@friends.org.

Be inspired about Oregon and the benefits of land use at friends.org/trail
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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation.

Photo credits
Header: Yaquina Head Lighthouse by Jeff Fennell
Pam Phan: McCall Gala by Garrett Downen
Healthy Community Speaker Series: breakfastonbikes.blogspot.com

Ghost Freeways: Jason McHuff, Creative Commons
Goal 13: neilkelly.com
LULI: Amanda Caffall

Land Use Trail Header: Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain by Christopher Cotrell, Creative Commons