Hawthorne Boulevard Area Civic Ecology Project
IMPETUS: Communities thrive when the people in them have a stake in their success. Through the Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology project (HACE), people across SE Portland have been coming up with ideas for a broad range of socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable projects that they can get up and running with the help of their neighbors, area schools, and local businesses and organizations.
DESCRIPTION: HACE is designed to assist businesses, residents, and organizations along Hawthorne Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods build community around sustainable and socially constructive projects while also advancing Portland’s global reputation for sustainable economic development. HACE is a partnership between the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association, area neighborhood associations, Portland State University, and SERA.
PROCESS: Through a series of workshops and related events, community members have been working to envision a Hawthorne Boulevard district that is the most economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable Main Street in the city of Portland. Success with these projects will help further demonstrate the potential of the area to pursue EcoDistrict-level sustainability strategies.
The overarching three- to five-year goal is to distinguish the Hawthorne Boulevard business district and surrounding neighborhood as Best in the city for sustainable practices in areas including energy, water, waste management, food production, culture, local economics, local governance, and social capital building.
NEXT STEPS: The neighborhood groups established a strong set of projects to move forward with and continue to coalesce and organize in order to bring the projects to bear.