Verde welcomes Raina Brot-Goldberg to our outreach team, our second Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorps member. Raina will be working closely with our Education Coordinator Nestor Campos to support our youth programs. You will see her around coordinating our annual Cully Critter Cruise, leading field trips to the Columbia Slough natural areas, building solar panels with Cully youth, and rebooting the Club Aves neighborhood birding group!
Thanks to supporters like you, we have many election victories to celebrate!
Just minutes after the polls closed, local news agencies announced the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, Measure 26-201, passed by a strong margin: 63% to 35%! This is truly a historic achievement by communities of color in coalition with mainstream environmental organizations, faith institutions, neighborhood associations, and more.
***En español abajo.***
Portland Clean Energy Initiative: Yes on Measure 26-201
Verde supports the Portland Clean Energy Initiative because it ensures low-income communities and communities of color have access to the green energy revolution that is coming.
Low-income communities and communities-of-color have borne the burdens of the fossil-fuel economy and have fewer resources to be able to withstand the impacts of climate change. In addition, these communities have been left out of the city of Portland’s sustainability movement, and the Portland Clean Energy Initiative centers these communities to be the leaders in climate change adaptation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
EVs, Uber and Lyft, Bird, Autonomous Vehicles - our options for getting around are quickly changing and expanding. Living Cully is interested in understanding how these new technologies can help Cully residents meet community needs. For this reason, Living Cully developed the “Living Cully Community Mobility Needs Assessment.”
The assessment focuses on “Clean Mobility.” Clean Mobility refers to forms of transportation technology or programs that reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions. Examples of Clean Mobility are:
· electric vehicles, e-bikes and e-scooters
· car-ride programs such as Taxis, Lyft and Uber
· car-share programs such as SmartCar, Car2Go and traditional car rental services
· adequate transit programs
· carpool programs
· walking, biking and rolling
By investing in greater clean mobility options for Cully residents, we can take local action on climate change and make it easier for people to get around the city better.
During the spring and summer of 2018, Living Cully talked to over 120 Cully residents via surveys and focus groups about their transportation experiences and needs. The Assessment identifies four clean mobility recommendations to move forward in the Cully neighborhood.
· Launch a Cully Neighborhood Shuttle Pilot
· Provide More EV and E-bike Education
· Research Alternatives to Financial and Technological Requirements for Clean Mobility Participation
· Explore Utilizing Rideshare Credits for Senior Residents
Living Cully’s next step is to identify funding to move forward the communities’ recommendations. You can read the full Living Cully Community Mobility Assessment here.
[Sent on behalf of Verde board co-chairs Desirée Williams-Rajee and Juan Muros]
Dear Verde Community,
On behalf of the Verde Board of Directors, we are excited to share our decision to hire Tony DeFalco as Verde’s next Executive Director, effective July 1. Our founder, Alan Hipolito, will take on a new role, Director of Special Projects, starting on that same date. We will celebrate Alan’s leadership and many accomplishments at the Cully Park celebration on June 30 (Stay tuned for more details).
A key milepost in an exciting journey -- today, Living Cully (via Living Cully Plaza LLC, a limited liability company comprising Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, and Verde) took ownership of the Sugar Shack.
This kind of great result doesn't happen without important contributions from many, many organizations and individuals, including the Living Cully Partners, Craft3, the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, the many contributors to Living Cully's first crowdfunding campaign, and numerous other critical participants.
A special shout out to Tony DeFalco, Living Cully Coordinator, who did tremendous and tireless work from the moment the for sale sign appeared on the building, pushing that mythical rock up the hill until he actually reached the top. We're fortunate to have such talented and dedicated folks working for Verde and Living Cully...
Great news, and another welcome and humbling payoff for hard work by many, many people and organizations.
Today, we are pleased to share that we have secured a $500,000 federal grant to develop Cully Park. These funds will support development of the soccer field, and are being provided by the National Parks Service's National Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. Cully Park is 1 of only 10 awards in the nation, and 1 of only 2 to receive the maximum grant amount, a recognition of the power of our community-based model for Park development.
It is important to express our great thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation and to the State of Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Nonprofits, like Verde, cannot apply for these grants -- Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grants are available only to state and local government agencies as well as to certain federally-recognized Indian tribes. So, please join us in thanking the City and the State for pursuing these funds for Cully Park, and for their continuing partnership and unwavering support.