Archive for April, 2012

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Telling the Climate Action Success Story in One Infographic

April 11, 2012

One of the duties of the Planning and Sustainability Commission is oversight of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

This week we got our second annual update on the progress of the plan. Last year when we got the first report, it took several slides to show how efforts in different sectors contribute to our overall carbon reduction efforts.

At the time, I challenged staff to try to tell the story in one slide. Then I forgot about it…

But they didn’t! This year they presented this slide, which does a wonderful job of telling the story:

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Well done! My thanks and congratulations to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff, not just for this wonderful graphic, but for a great plan that we’re truly making progress on.

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Best Practices for Web 2.0 Engagement in Planning

April 1, 2012

Via Planetizen:

This piece from the Placeshakers and Newsmakers blog gives some practical advice for how to do online engagement for planning projects.

One huge takeaway is that you have to explain what the constraints on a project are. It’s easy for someone approaching your web site/tweet/facebook post to assume a blank sheet of paper. And that’s never the reality.

I can’t count the number of times on my transportation blog that I’ve had to reply to a comment on one of my posts with another comment saying some form of “gas tax revenues can’t be used for non-roadway improvements…”

It’s vital to create the proper context when soliciting community involvement online.

But while I’m on the subject, I want to pass on my compliments to the Portland Plan team for their excellent use of online tools and social media throughout the Portland Plan process. I hope many of you can join us on April 18th when the plan goes before City Council (6pm, Council Chambers in City Hall).

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