James T. Caldwell, Ph.D., prepared a summary of the Green Building session at the US-China Green Energy Conference in Beijing, China last November. Bob Wise’s major part of the program is summarized on pages 6-7. For more information, contact James T. Caldwell at email@example.com or Bob Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tags:China, Green, Sustainability
A Year in the Life of Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC
Is the glass half empty or half full? At a time of great change in our country and here at home, we at Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC tend to be optimists, with a heavy dose of realism. We know 2009 is a tough year in which to be a small business, or any business, but we have faith in ourselves and our clients that we will emerge stronger and even more able to carry out our mission to engage people to create and sustain great communities.
Looking back at the year just past, we want to share with you a summary of the eclectic and enriching array of projects that have given us considerable satisfaction.
As Planner in Residence at Portland State University, Arnold Cogan is providing sage advice to graduate students in the School of Urban Studies and Planning. A highlight of his well-received monthly forums was a recent session with new PSU President, Wim Wiewel, whose professional background, we have been delighted to find, is planning. Arnold and former Governor Vic Atiyeh shared the platform when they were asked to testify at a recent state legislative hearing on the future of land use planning in Oregon.
Elaine Cogan also continues to be sought after as a speaker and trainer in communications and public engagement. She has accepted an invitation to present a three-hour seminar on the subject for the American Planning Association’s annual conference in Minneapolis in April.
Sustainability remains a core activity for us. Kirstin Greene wrote the lead article on climate change for the latest issue of the publication of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA).
Kirstin, Bob Wise and Ellie Fiore helped the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and its 130 member organizations create a community-based sustainability action plan. Three town hall meetings drew more than 1,000 participants – residents, business owners, educators and public officials. The project is featured in the February edition of Planning magazine.
Kirstin also facilitated the development of Clackamas County’s first Sustainability Action Plan. She, Elaine and Steve Faust continue to work with citizens and staff under the County’s Complete Communities program to implement principles of sustainability. The sixth Complete Communities Congress will be held May 16. COC and the County have won several national awards for Complete Communities efforts.
Participants at an Urban Agriculture Forum in Damascus enjoyed stimulating discussion and food for thought. COC collaborated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and other partners in this effort and produced the executive summary.
Further south in the Willamette Valley, in Eugene, Kirstin, Arnold and Dave Mayfield developed the conditional use permit for the Oregon Arena, a new LEED-certified basketball facility on the University of Oregon campus. We worked with the project architect, developer, technical consultants and city staff to obtain approval for this 21,500 capacity arena.
Bob and Daniel Christensen conducted a detailed financial and feasibility analysis for a Green Economy Center in Clackamas County. In addition, COC and Clackamas County won recognition for the Green Economy Report – an action plan to maximize agricultural, natural resources and sustainability industries in Clackamas County.
For Washington County, Bob led a team to institutionalize a sustainability management organization. He, Kirstin and Teak Wall are leading an effort to help the City of Palm Springs, California, create a sustainability master plan to help guide their sustainable future.
Visioning – assisting communities to work together to realize their highest aspirations – is always challenging and exciting. Elaine and Daniel are midway through a process to help the small Willamette Valley community of Keizer look ahead to the year 2029. One recent notable activity was a Youth Forum at McNary High School where more than 30 teen leaders engaged in frank and open dialogue. Their insights and aspirations will be considered during community-wide visioning sessions.
Jim Owens traveled to Klamath Falls to facilitate several visioning meetings for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At issue were the best financial and physical solutions to restoring an asbestos-contaminated site in a subdivision just outside the city limits.
Mount Spokane and Chief Timothy State Parks in Washington also benefited from Jim’s environmental project management services. The Mount Spokane project entailed the first stage of master plan development, while Chief Timothy is another phase of the Confluence Project, the placement of artwork by Maya Lin in historical locations. In the latter, Dave and Daniel are working with Jim to develop all the necessary permits and approvals.
For the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Jim, Dave, Ellie and Steve conducted interviews with citizens and public officials in communities throughout the state to assess attitudes and support for public transit. The results will be reported to the State Legislature.
After nearly two and a half years and dozens of meetings, the Sellwood Community Task Force, whose work Elaine facilitated, has reached a reasoned and reasonable recommendation about the placement and size of a new Sellwood bridge. A panel of local and State decision makers praised the work of the citizens and affirmed their recommendations.
As busy as we are, each of us finds time to volunteer for community endeavors. We are active on the boards of the City Club of Portland, Urban Land Institute, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, Three Rivers Land Conservancy, and many more.
These are the highlights of our eventful year. For more, check our website, www.coganowens.com, recently updated by Crystal Jackson. Kudos also to Nancy Marshall, who makes all our graphical materials, including this newsletter, look so special, and to Erin Atkinson and Alisha Dishaw, who help us in more ways than we can mention.
We are eager to hear from you as we embark together on this exciting and challenging year. Please keep in touch.Agriculture, American Planning Association, California, Clackamas County, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Green, Land Use Planning, Oregon, Parks, Planning, Portland State University, Sustainability, Transportation, Visioning, Washington, Washington County
CHINA BUSINESS NETWORK PRESENTS:
“Sustainable Development Business Opportunities in China”
January 14, 2009
by Bob Wise, Team Oregon, LLC
This program is sponsored by:
PSU Master of International Management
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:
This presentation will address major challenges facing China, China resource consumption tends, how China is addressing sustainable development, examples of successful projects, future opportunities for business development in China based on Oregon’s strengths, and lessons learned from past experience.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Bob Wise is Senior Project Manager with Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC and Director of Team Oregon, LLC, private firms focused on urban planning and sustainable development in its multiple dimensions. He works in state and local public policy, strategic planning, and sustainable development. A few examples include:
- Serving as Chair and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission for Portland and Multnomah County guiding the process of early adoption and evolution of sustainable development it Portland and Multnomah County.
- Produced a comprehensive review and summary of models for sustainable development used in North America and Europe.
- Developed green building and sustainable industry cluster strategy studies for the State of Oregon, City of Portland, and Clackamas County, Oregon.
- Advised and lectured the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development in Portland, Oregon training government professional from the People’s Republic of China in the fields of land use planning, green development, and sustainable development.
- Developed a Sustainable Development Action Plan for the Taiwan Council for Economic Development to guide agencies, local governments, business, academic, and non-governmental agencies in Taiwan. Now developing the Eco-City Vision for Taipei City.
- Teamed with SOM Asia for a vision and urban development plan for the Hangzhou segment of the Grand Canal.
- Advised the City of Taipei, Taiwan on the concept of an Eco-City and “green” library buildings.
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, 12:00-1:30 PM
WHERE: House of Louie Restaurant, in Chinatown (331 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209)
COST: Lunch & Talk: $20 members; $30 general; $15 for students with ID. Please add $5 handling charge to above for registration after 5pm Jan. 13, 2009
REGISTER: Register & Pay On-line, or Call 503-973-5451
PARKING: SmartPark on NW Davis, between NW Naito Parkway and NW 1st Ave.
Some interesting factoids on Oregon and Portland courtesy of Sunun Setboonsarng, an International Trade Officer with the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD).
- Portland is America’s greenest city (2008 Popular Science)
- Portland is ranked #1 in SustainLane’s 2008 US City rankings of sustainability
- Portland has the highest per-capita concentration of hybrid vehicles
- Portland has highest per-capita concentration of LEED-certified projects and third most overall (2008 Business Facilities)
- Car sharing (as in Zipcar) started in Portland
- Portland is #1 US city for number of people who bike to work (2007 US Census Bureau)
- Portland is only major city to receive a platinum rating in the League of American Bicyclists 2008 ratings of bike friendly communities
- Portland is #6 best US city to live and launch (2008 Money Magazine)
- Portland is #4 hottest spot for knowledge workers (2007 CNN Money)
- Portland has #4 most educated workforce (2008 Business Facilities)
- Portland is best city to have a baby (2008 Fit Pregnancy)
- Portland is #2 city to “eat smart, be fit and live well” (2008 Cooking Light)
- Breweries in the greater Portland area claimed nine medals at the 2008 World Beer Cup – more than any other city in the world
- Forbes ranked Oregon #2 on its list of greenest states (Oct. 07)
- Oregon ranked #1 Greenest State by Business Facilities (2008)
- Oregon ranked #2 by Business Facilities (2008) in manufacturing momentum, which recognizes how well states are succeeding at building business climates conducive to manufacturing
- Oregon is ranked #2 in terms of promoting energy efficiency (2008 ACEEE – American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)
- The 2nd and 3rd ranked utility green power programs (based on renewable energy sales) operate in Oregon – PGE & PacificCorp (Dec. 2007, National Renewable Energy Laboratory / US DOE)
- Oregon has more LEED buildings per capita than any other state (same may be true of Portland vs. other cities)
- University of Oregon listed on Princeton Review’s 2008 Green Rating Honor Roll
- Oregon State University received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from EPA for its commitment to green power