Read moreGroup addresses hunger. The Dalles Chronicle. December 1, 2016.
Read moreWest Linn advocate overflows with love for the locks. Portland Tribune. Monday, December 12th, 2016.
Read moreSouthern Flow Corridor wetland restoration project cuts the ribbon. Tillamook Headlight Herald . December 8, 2016.
There are more than 700 households in Johnson Creek’s 100-year floodplain, an area subject to devastating floods predicted to occur once per century, or, put another way, with a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year. Most are in the Lents neighborhood, with a smattering in Powellhurst-Gilbert, two of Portland’s neighborhoods with the greatest concentration of affordable housing.
Read moreAn end to Lents flooding?. Portland Tribune. November 22, 2016.
Healthy, portable classrooms designed by PSU Architecture students and faculty open at Lincoln High School
School may have gotten underway a few weeks ago, but students at Lincoln High School still have something new to look forward to. On September 26, four brand-new, sustainable, healthy educational spaces, known as SAGE (“Smart Academic Green Environment”) classrooms, opened their doors on the campus, providing new spaces for academic classes, club meetings, and lectures by community business leaders.
In 2015, Portland Public Schools selected the SAGE classrooms as the solution for replacing the former portable buildings at Lincoln High School that had been damaged in a fire in July. Seeking an option that would be economical, as well as moveable to another site when the entire campus undergoes a major renovation in the coming years, district leaders met with City of Portland officials and determined that the sustainable SAGE classrooms would best meet the needs of the school and its students.
The SAGE classrooms were designed by Portland State University School of Architecture students and professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni, as a healthier alternative to the ubiquitous portable classrooms installed at schools across the country. SAGE classrooms feature efficient energy-recovery ventilators that provide fresh air, large windows that allow students a view of the outdoors and plenty of ambient natural light, nontoxic materials, VOC-free paints, vaulted ceilings, and a structural design that gives the classrooms a spacious feel. The structures are designed for both sustainability and affordability.
The project was designated an Oregon Solution by the state’s governor in 2011, which resulted in the formation of a multi-partner team of public agencies and commercial entities that supported the development of the product. The SAGE prototype was introduced in 2012 at the National Green Building Conference in San Francisco. The SAGE classroom received a 2013 SEED award for Social, Economic and Environmental Design.
A total of 59 SAGE classrooms have been installed at 32 schools around the Pacific Northwest, ranging from the Seattle area to Corvallis.
Read moreHealthy, portable classrooms designed by PSU Architecture students and faculty open at Lincoln High School. Portland State University. October 3, 2016.
Related to: Columbia River Highway Collaborative
On May 11, members of the Oregon Solutions Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative signed a Declaration of Cooperation outlining goals for the project and delegating responsibilities to specific stakeholders. The collaborative seeks to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along the Columbia River Highway and enhance visitor experiences…
Read moreHighway Collaborative identifies Gorge congestion goals. Hood River News. May 17, 2016.
Related to: Columbia River Highway Collaborative
Read moreBus service to Multnomah Falls begins May 27. Hood River News. May 17, 2016.
Related to: Manufactured Home Park Closure and Tenant Displacement Collaborative, Springfield
An estimated 1,400 households in Springfield are at a strong risk of displacement. Now, a collaborative effort is in effect to keep those people housed.
Springfield Mayor Lundberg says there’s a lot to look forward to in 2016. One announcement in her State of the City Address was about the Oregon Solutions Project. The project is aimed at helping residents of mobile homes who may be at risk of displacement…
Read moreMayor Lundberg develops plan in case of mobile home displacement. KVAL. January 11, 2016.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners, who work in tandem with doctors to provide primary care to patients, are key to making health care reform work in Oregon.
But there aren’t enough of them in Lane County, and the shortage is projected to worsen by 2020, according to an Oregon Health Authority report.
In 2012, Lane County had about 900 full-time-equivalent medical doctors, 150 FTE nurse practitioners and 75 FTE physician assistants — throughout the health care industry, not just in primary care, the report said…
Read moreMore trainers are needed in Lane County to solve physician assistant, nurse practitioner shortage. The Register Guard. December 27, 2015.
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