Portland residents are invited to participate in a new program designed to enhance the environmental and social strength of the city’s neighborhoods.

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program will provide support and resources to residents who want to help make Portland a vibrant and sustainable community, said Troy Moon, sustainability director.

Two neighborhoods will be selected in the first year of the program. Municipal staff will provide guidance on how to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of neighborhoods and reduce residents’ ecological footprint.

“Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of any sustainable community,” Moon said in a written statement. “This program aims to strengthen that foundation by encouraging Portland residents to work together on issues or projects of mutual interest.”

Participating neighborhoods will earn credits for reaching sustainability goals by completing projects such as home energy efficiency upgrades, workshops at community gardens, neighborhood cleanup days or tool-sharing programs.

Depending on the number of credits earned, they will be designated “participating” or “outstanding” sustainable neighborhoods. They also may receive City Council recognition and signs to display in the neighborhoods.

“The important thing is to build relationships and support collaboration throughout the community,” Moon said.

Interested residents are invited to an informational open house at 7 p.m. March 2 at City Hall, Room 24, 389 Congress St. Residents also may participate remotely and the session will be recorded for later viewing.

The program application form will be available March 3 and must be submitted by April 3. For more information, visit the Sustainability Office at City Hall or online.

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