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About Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

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What we do

At its heart, BPS is a convener and coordinator of complex projects and plans, which balance multiple objectives and set the direction for Portland’s future.

In collaboration with partners and the community, BPS aligns resources and actions for the next generation of urban strategies that will achieve community goals through:

  • Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
  • Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
  • Policy and actions to address climate change.

Together we create and champion big picture plans to set the city on a smart course for the future, including:

Read more about our plans to create a better future and a better now for Portland in our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan:

Addressing equity

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working to embed equity into all of our work. We use the definition of equity found in the Portland Plan:

Equity is when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. We have a shared fate as individuals within a community and communities within society. All communities need the ability to shape their own present and future.

Equity is central to our work in the Climate Action Plan, Comprehensive Plan, and BPS Strategic Plan.

Explore the tools we use to embed equity in everything we do: