Find and explore online resources, manuals, factsheets and case studies about nature-friendly development.
Connect the Drops is a collaborative project between Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods program, Tualatin Riverkeepers, Clean Water Services, Tualatin Valley Water District, Sea Grant Oregon, Washington County and Oregon Environmental Council. Connect the Drops is creating a regional map of low impact development projects to highlight local projects and developers, celebrate successes and facilitate knowledge-sharing among professionals on a regional and national scale.
Use Nature in Neighborhoods' regional Connect the Drops map to find projects near you or check out Tualatin Riverkeepers' interactive Connect the Drops map for the Tualatin Basin.
In 2009, Audubon Society of Portland and Portland State University's Department of Environmental Science and Management prepared a Regional Urban Forestry Assessment and Evaluation. Commissioned by Metro for the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, this report provides a preliminary assessment of the status and effectiveness of local urban forestry programs and policies across the region. The researchers found that these programs and policies vary widely between jurisdictions in their applicability, detail, funding, staffing, community interest and effectiveness. The researchers recommended a number of areas where greater regional coordination and consistency would address gaps and support local efforts.Learn more
City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development G-Rated Program offers free technical assistance for development projects in Portland, educational tours and classes, project guidebooks and grants that support innovative green building practices.
The Low Impact Development Center is a national non-profit water resources research group with a mission of conducting research and training on LID and sustainable stormwater management. Resources include publications, pictures, and other resources.
A Gateway to up-to-date information on integrated "Whole Building" design techniques and technologies.
Sustainable stormwater homepage. Links to tours of example projects, monitoring reports, demonstration projects, naturescaping, green streets, and ecoroofs.
As a national non-profit, the Stormwater Center offers resources to technically assist decision-makers and the public on stormwater management issues. Resources include publications and manuals, slide shows, ordinance information, monitoring and assessment methods, and best management practices fact sheets.
The U.S. Green Building Council's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Link to the Oregon, Washington and B.C. Chapter is the Cascadia Regional Green Building Council to see what is available locally.
Portland, Oregon's Bureau of Environmental Services examples and information on sustainable stormwater management features.
United States Environmental Protection Agency's downloadable fact sheets on best management practices for urban stormwater, including bioretention, porous pavement, wet detention ponds, and many more.
The City of Portland's extensive set of fact sheets include ideas, pictures and accessible information on nature-friendly practices.
A 'must read' if nature-friendly development practices are new to you. The City of Seattle's set of guides/factsheets focuses on ideas for homes that promote a healthy environment. Beautiful, visual guides for landscaping, roofing, salvage and reuse and other green building and remodeling options.
The City of Seattle's main green building website has all kinds of information about green projects of all scales. This site is very user-friendly and full of interesting facts about the growing green building boom and opportunities to go green.
On Nov. 7th, 2006, nearly seventy people gathered to explore and discuss the past, present and future of regional stormwater management throughout the Portland metropolitan region.
The 1996-1997 stormwater design award competition recognized twelve innovative, regional projects that effectively integrated stormwater management, urban design goals, and natural resource protection and enhancement into the urban environment.
Ten years later
Today, the Portland metro region is nationally recognized as a leader in facilitating and attaining sustainability through its stormwater management design. There was much to discover and consider after revisiting the 1996-97 award winning sites and extracting lessons learned after ten years of operating experience:
The event featured candid appraisal and evaluation of these questions by twelve expert panelists, followed by a lively group discussion. To learn more about the Stormwater Retrospective, view the event materials and videos listed below.
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