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Sustainable Northwest appointed to Broadway Corridor Steering Committee

Posted by Hannah Meganck on June 16, 2017

SNW will advocate for deep green practices and regional material sourcing for the 24-block Old Town redesign

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NW Portland aerial photo of Broadway Corridor redevelopment site

Portland is on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation opportunity – a 24-block green redevelopment in the heart of Old Town. This project represents one of the last – and largest – redevelopment opportunities in Portland, which will significantly shape the character of Portland for decades.

Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission) appointed Sustainable Northwest’s President, Greg Block, to participate on the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee. This committee will advise Prosper Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and the Portland Housing Bureau; and Sustainable Northwest intends to be a relentless advocate for a model project of sustainability that provides benefits across the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Northwest regards the Broadway Corridor project as a unique opportunity to advance and demonstrate several mission and program related goals in a single project. On a macro level, this redevelopment affords an exceptional opportunity to achieve climate change goals, model sustainability opportunities, and demonstrate how the urban market can directly support sustainably produced goods and services (such as wood and energy) from natural resource dependent rural communities.

Sustainable Northwest will promote the utilization of sustainably sourced wood from Oregon’s rural mills, as well as other inputs sourced from rural Oregon. This project may also benefit from the recently-enacted Community Solar bill, enabling sites to finance solar energy elsewhere in the service area of PGE in exchange for bill credits. If the Broadway Corridor adopts a “net-zero” or similar energy target, Community Solar could help supplement on-site energy production with clean energy generated outside of Portland.

By encouraging the sourcing of these natural resources from rural communities, those underserved and otherwise removed communities will gain urban business and exposure. At the same time, Sustainable Northwest will support the affordability and other equity features of the development that address local populations’ access to healthy, affordable housing, public spaces and amenities, and an aesthetically appealing development.

If we set the bar high for this project, the Broadway Corridor can provide a blueprint for future projects regarding green building design, regional material sourcing, and energy efficiency.

For questions regarding Sustainable Northwest's role on the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, email info@sustainablenorthwest.org, or call (503) 221-6911