Green Lents
There are two public meetings coming up to get your feedback regarding the southern 80's Neighborhood Greenway Safety Project.  This project will help to create safe routes to Kelly, Lent, Harrison Park, and the Village Free Schools.  In addition, these routes will improve safe walking and biking access to Glenwood Park and Lent Park.  Access to key transit hubs and businesses on 82nd, 92nd, Foster and at Eastport Plaza will also be improved. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has schedule two public meetings to discuss this project with YOU and your neighbors.  Attend these two meetings to get more information about the project and get your voice heard in the process.  Check out the dates below, or find the meetings on our Green Lents calendar in the tabs above. 

1st Meeting: Tuesday July 26, 2011
Kelly Elementary School (9030 SE Cooper St.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This first meeting is to provide an overview of the greenways, review existing traffic conditions on the routes and get your feedback.

2nd Meeting: Tuesday August 30, 2011
Kelly Elementary School (9030 SE Cooper St.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This second meeting will be a follow up to the first meeting above with a presentation regarding recommendations on specific improvements.

The Bureau has also partnered with the Bureau of Environmental Services and Friends of Trees in the Grey to Green initiative to expand neighborhood access to street trees.  Information will be available at the meetings.

Hope to see you there!
There are many resources available to make it easy for us to recycle, compost and reduce both our personal and business waste that goes into the landfill. Even with all of the resources, most of our food waste still makes it into the landfill.  Food waste is primary source of methane generation in landfills and that methane is one of the most damaging of the GHG’s (20 to 80xs more potent that CO2).  Some Oregon landfills capture methane and put it to beneficial use, some flare it, some do nothing to manage it.  None capture all of the methane generated by food wastes decomposing in typical landfill conditions. 

Making it as easy as possible for the people of Portland to compost food scraps is a critical part of cutting down our waste stream and greenhouse gas generation.  For this reason, curb-side food waste collection is an important step in our region's efforts to reduce waste. 

Currently, there is a debate in our neighborhood about whether there will be harmful effects from allowing Recology, a waste management company, to accept compostable food waste at their Foster Rd reload station (SE 101st). Currently, Recology accepts yard waste at their site and is proposing to move the collection area inside of the building, add a ventilation system, and accept food scraps from the soon-to-be-citywide curbside food scraps collection program.  You can read more about the pilot food scraps program that is currently underway here: City of Portland Food Scraps Collection Pilot.

With proper infrastructure and maintenance, Recology's proposed compost transfer station at the Foster Rd site should not have an impact on livability in the Lents neighborhood, nor should they have a negative impact on Johnson Creek.  Rather, with a Good Neighbor Agreement, Recology can be an asset.  We can continue to have access to affordable compost and other materials close to home.  In addition, Recology employees can help with neighborhood cleanup efforts and help us keep unnecessary waste from the landfill as they are trained in sorting recyclables from trash. 

As for this debate about Recology's land use application in Lents, take note of two upcoming opportunities to learn more and voice your informed opinion to the City:
  • Join your neighbors at a community forum on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Lents Commons to discuss the technical plans for the site and what factors should be included in a proposed Good Neighbor Agreement; and
  • Voice your informed opinion - Public comment is due by July 27th to City Council and Mayor Adams. Contact information can be found here: City of Portland - Contact Information
If you are interested in learning more about how composting works and the different resources that the city provides to reduce waste in our homes and businesses, check out these resources: