Portland, OR is pretty well known as one of the greenest (if not the greenest) cities in the country. Saw this announcement today on their website. Let's hope Portland continues to do good work, and that other cities big and small across the country follow suit:
On January 7, 2009, Portland City Council approved the merger of the Bureau of Planning with the Office of Sustainable Development to create the new Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
The Bureau of Planning has had an outstanding record of guiding Portland's growth and development toward the thriving, livable city that it is today. The Office of Sustainable Development has pioneered many policies and programs that integrate environmental, economic, and social benefits. By merging the Office of Sustainable Development and the Bureau of Planning, Portland will ensure that sustainability principles shape the core of everything we plan and do.
The merger strengthens Portland's position as the global epicenter of sustainable practices and commerce. This new bureau builds on the outstanding history of planning in Portland, and will ensure that sustainability principles are thoroughly integrated into the core of Portland's planning, urban design and government operations.
Please pardon our virtual dust as we merge the former Bureau of Planning and Office of Sustainable Development's web sites over the coming months.
Check out some of what the city is doing for food sustainability here.
This is super useful if you live in the area and are looking for local food.