The Dirty Side of Portland Bus Tour*
Saturday, August 2, 11am-2pm
Sunday, August 3, 1pm-4pm
Departing location: Union Station
Cost: Sliding scale $10-25 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Tickets available at Eventbrite
* presented in collaboration with Groundwork Portland
Portland prides itself in being a city with thoughtful planning. We try to pay attention to neighborhood development projects that encourage local sustainability and promote environmentally conscious building and businesses. But not all neighborhoods are treated equally when it comes to cleaning up past environmental hazards. The Dirty Side of Portland bus tour will cover timely topics about environmental issues, issues of equity and responsible and sustainable urban growth.
How we treat our city is important to citizens, activists and policy-makers alike. The Dirty Side of Portland bus tour is offered by Know Your City and Groundwork Portland to help people in Portland figure out how to start learning and talking about the safety and health of their city. We started with a list of questions we’re hoping this tour will help answer (Bring some of your own questions, too!):
- How much attention do policy-makers pay to polluted properties in low-income areas and communities of color?
- Portland’s identity has always included a healthy relationship to the Willamette River – Bridgetown, City of Bridges are a couple of our nicknames. But how healthy is our river?
- What do we know about Superfund sites and Brownfield sites in our city?
The Dirty Side of Portland will be meeting with experts and advocates at different locations around the city. Check out a preview of locations and speakers after the jump…
Each day we’ll visit the same sites important to telling the story of Portland’s environmental history – here’s a preview of The Dirty Side of Portland bus tour locations and speakers.*
At the Portland Harbor Superfund site, we’ll hear from:
- Alanna Connley, Environmental Protection Agency
- Tom Gainer & Christine Svetkovich, Department of Environmental Quality
- Jim Robinson from the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
- Karen Bishop, Oregon Health Authority
- Ben Duncan from the Environmental Justice Task Force
We’ll visit 123rd – 124th SE Division Brownfield Site in outer southeast and meet with:
- Kem Marks and Lori Boisen from the Division Midway Alliance
- Abigail Cermak from the City of Portland
- Jenn Bildersee from the City Of Portland Brownfield Resources
- Karen Homelac from Business Oregon Resources
We’ll take a break and visit the Emerson Street Garden and hear about its previous life as a residence, an empty lot and finally a garden. We’ll meet with youth from Groundwork Portland’s Green Team and Will Bennett, historian and urban gardener. They will share their stories about the neighborhood turning a contaminated lot into a green public space.
*note: not all speakers are available both days.
We hope to see you on one of The Dirty Side of Portland tours, Saturday, August 2, 11am-2pm or Sunday, August 3, 1pm-4pm. Tickets are still available and offered at a sliding scale. Visit our website for tickets and more information.