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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Professional Development Event - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Creating Strong Communities

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Professional Development: Climate Change

Join us and discover how two climate change planning efforts in the Portland region propose and support actions and investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create livable, healthy, equitable communities. Learn about the newest findings and policy directions from Metro's Climate Smart Communities project, presented by Principal Planner Kim Ellis, and the City of Portland's updated comprehensive plan and Climate Action Plan, presented by Tom Armstrong, Supervising Planner with the City of Portland.

Kim will discuss how Metro's scenario planning was used for the Climate Smart Communities project to assess the benefits of different land use, transportation, and livability visions from communities across the region, such as implementing adopted local and regional land use plans, building safe routes for walking and biking, expanding transit service, using technology to actively manage traffic flow, or transitioning to low emission vehicles or cleaner fuels. Tom will discuss how the Complete (20-minute) Neighborhoods, transportation network connectivity, and active transportation impact climate change and livability.

Get a preview of the findings regional policymakers will be tackling, and discuss how it may impact future planning and investment in the region. Join WTS Portland and engage in a discussion of the role of land use, transportation choices, and community design in addressing climate change.

Tom Armstrong is a Supervising Planner with the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and has led the City's research into the performance of alternative growth scenarios. In 2014-15, the City of Portland is poised to adopt a new Comprehensive Plan, an update to the Climate Action Plan, and a new Climate Change Preparation Strategy.

Kim Ellis is a Principal Transportation Planner with Metro and works with the team responsible for the region’s long-range transportation planning and allocation of federal transportation funds. Kim has led the region’s effort to use scenario planning to develop a long-term strategy for meeting Oregon climate goals as mandated by the 2009 Oregon Legislature. The effort has focused on reducing tailpipe emissions from cars and small trucks through land use and transportation strategies and is on track for adoption by the end of 2014.

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