Green Cities


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The Green Cities Project focuses on providing the City of Gresham with a set of policy and
plan recommendations for the Springwater Community. Springwater, a 1272-acre site on the
southeast edge of the Portland Metro Area, was added to the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)
in 2002 and was the subject of the 2005 Springwater Community Plan. The Community Plan
outlined a series of goals and land-use proposals for the area’s future development, intending
to bring economic development to east Multnomah County, to provide family-wage jobs and
employment opportunity for the area, and to promote a livable, sustainable environment for
future residents.
The work of Green Cities provides an alternate land-use proposal and development policy for
the Springwater Community. This proposal aims to meet the goals of the 2005 Springwater
Community Plan, while utilizing ecosystem services and sustainable development strategies
to create a livable community. The Green Cities proposal approached development in
Springwater by organizing research into five project teams, focusing on the site’s Energy,
Mobility, Sustenance, and Waste needs, while incorporating the site’s Natural Flows into plan
and policy development.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

Sustainable City Year Program Contact Info
Megan Banks
Sustainable City Year Program Manager
(541) 346-6395

University Faculty Contact
Robert Young

Local Government / Community Contact
Nick Fleury

SCI Program Manager

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