Portland 2015 Community Award Winners

Community Award Judges

Jan Spencer - Director, Suburban Permaculture

Gaylen Beatty - Backyard Habitat Program Manager, Columbia Land Trust

Susan Place - Co-owner, Green Living Journal

1st Place Out to Pasture Sanctuary - http://www.outtopasturesanctuary.org/ Out to Pasture Sanctuary, founded in 2007, provides a safe home for abused, neglected, and abandoned farmed animals, as well as high kill-risk dogs and feral cats. The animals who reach us are typically the animals "who nobody else wants"-senior animals, animals with chronic illnesses, behavioral issues, or special needs. Out to Pasture provides a safe, peaceful haven for animals of all ages, sizes, and health conditions. The Green Festival Community Award would enable Out to Pasture to accept additional animals into our sanctuary. The award would provide feed, medical costs (many animals come to us injured or ill), and animal housing.

Portland, OR Community Award Finalists

Depave - http://depave.org/ Depave promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff. We strive to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement with the use of action-oriented educational events, community stewardship and advocacy to reconnect people with nature and inspire others. Depave engages hundreds of volunteers each year to remove thousands of square feet of pavement (almost exclusively by hand!) and create rain gardens, sustainable school yards, community gardens and edible forests in and around Portland. The Green Festival Community Award will go a long way to help us leverage additional grant funds to complete more projects in and around Portland and help to transform communities with the most need.

NE Portland Tool Library (NEPTL) - http://www.neptl.org/ Tool libraries are like traditional libraries, but with tools instead of books. They are great for people who want to prioritize a sharing economy and greener alternatives. The NE Portland Tool Library continues to grow to meet the needs of our dynamic membership. The library is 100% volunteer operated with costs covered by late fees and member donations. An important belief of the library is that we provide an affordable alternative to purchasing or renting tools for one-time projects. We are proposing to attend the the first International Tool Library Symposium in Baltimore in March 2016. This will be a gathering of tool library organizers from far and wide sharing resources, strengthening our connections, and sharing ideas and best practices so we can all build stronger tool libraries.

River Network - https://www.rivernetwork.org/ Help River Network create a River Cleanup Event in Portland! River Network seeks your support as we engage the Portland community in river conservation. River Network will coordinate a Cleanup Event in Portland, working closely with local partner watershed groups. The goals of our Cleanup Event are to build the capacity and leadership skills of our river conservation partners to strengthen and enhance local volunteer-run projects, providing opportunities for restoration plantings, invasive species removal, and community beautification efforts. River Network seeks funding to further support and engage the Portland community in water resource protection through a local River Cleanup Event.

The City Repair Project - http://www.cityrepair.org/ City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. We are an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. Our main project is the Village Building Convergence where we help dozens of communities to develop public spaces designed by for them by them. We propose to use the funds to support our Placemaking Program in which we work with 40+ community sites to design and implement their public space and educational projects.