Permaculture Learning and Work Party – Kid-Friendly!

Saturday, March 18, 11am-2pm

N. Concord Ave and N. Overlook Blvd.

Portland’s first traffic calming Placemaking Project is at the foot of North Concord Ave at Overlook Blvd, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other ecoroof plants that are low care, low water, high heat, low profile AND pollinator friendly plants. Kids welcome! Make wattle fencing, try honey tasting and have a bee hive visit! Tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters, and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out): Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries, rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Bring the kids! Dress for weather (raingear, or sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out!), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks provided.

Sponsored by The City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook

Questions? Email sustainable @ overlook neighborhood. org

GPS: 3908 N Concord Ave 97227

Free Naturescaping Workshops

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two great workshops in the neighborhood this spring. Both will be held at Trillium Charter School.

Natural Gardening Workshop: Naturescaping
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2016 from 9 to 1 p.m.
Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave
Registration is now open for this free and practical how-to workshop on how to make your yard eco-friendly.

Registration is required. For more detail and to register online visit http://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/.  Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.

Natural Gardening Workshop: Urban Weeds
Thursday, March 2, 2016,from 6:30  to 9 p.m.
Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave
Registration is now open for this free and practical how-to workshop on weeds and how to identify them and how to effectively deal with them without pesticides.

Registration is required. For more detail and to register online visit http://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/.  Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.

 

 

Overlook Preparedness Summit, 2017

Overlook Preparedness Summit, 2017

Come join us this year to talk through how we will all respond when the unexpected strikes.  While last year’s summit was focused on how to prepare as a household before disaster strikes, this year will focus more on the likely challenges and resources that we will see following an event such as an earthquake, extreme weather event, or other large scale incident. By mapping out a framework of neighborhood response, we will all benefit by knowing a bit of what we can expect along with the kinds of resources that will be available following a disaster.

Organized through a collaboration of Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), Beach School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and Sustainable Overlook.

Learn more and RSVP for the Event at http://www.sustainableoverlook.org/summit-2017

The Economics of Happiness

Join Sustainable Overlook for an inspiring documentary right before the election.

Sunday, November 6th at the Lucky Lab Taproom on N. Killingsworth Ave. 

Film starts at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards. Free! All are welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase.

This film produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge “features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localization.” (Wikipedia)

“An award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local, and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide.” (Local Futures.org)

Fall Film Series!

Join Sustainable Overlook for four great documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. 

Free! All are welcome.

At New American Restaurant, 2103 N. Killingsworth St.:

Wednesday, Oct. 12    Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

Tuesday, Oct. 25       The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

At Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St.:

Sunday, Nov. 6         The Economics of Happiness

Tuesday, Nov. 22       Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Films start at 7 pm. Discussion afterwards.

Food and drink available for purchase.

www.sustainableoverlook.orgeconomics-happiness-film

Sustainable Overlook 2106 Film series Poster 

2016 Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share, July 23-24!

 

This year’s Yard Sale will be held on Saturday July 23. By registering here, your home will be included on an anonymous map that will be physically printable and made available online via Google Maps. This map will be advertised via the Oregonian and Craigslist so that visitors and neighbors alike can quickly identify each participating sale in Overlook. This helps boost traffic and makes everyone’s sales more effective.The Free Share will happen the next day on Sunday the 24th. Set out any items that didn’t sell the day before, and offer up as free to neighbors. As in years’ past, we’ll only advertise the yard sale, this way the free share is preserved as more of an open exchange of used items between neighbors.

This event is sponsored by Sustainable Overlook, a group of neighborhood volunteers interested in building community and resilience.

Register here to be on the map.

Carbon Footprint Workshop

My Basic Carbon Footprint: A Free Workshop

Saturday, June 18, 2016  10am-noon  1905 N. Alberta St.
How much carbon are you personally dumping into the air? Figure out what your carbon footprint is (individual or household) at this free workshop. Instructor Mike O’Brien was for 10 years the city of Portland’s expert on green building, and built a showplace low-energy house right here in Overlook.  

Everyone welcome. Max 20 participants, please register below.

Gather and bring five pieces of information to the workshop. All of the electricity, natural gas and heating oil consumption figures can be gotten from your utility.
1. 12 months total of electricity used

PGE Customer Service: 800-542-8818

Pacific Power Customer Service: 888-221-707
2. 12 months total of natural gas consumed (if gas heat) or 12 months total of heating oil consumed (if oil heat)

Northwest Natural Customer Service: 800-422-401
3. 12 months total auto miles traveled (each car)
4. automobile gas mileage (each car)
5. 12 months total air miles travelled

Air travel distances: http://www.worldatlas.com/travelaids/flight_distance.htm

Register here

Questions? Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

Presented by Sustainable Overlook

Resilience Summit a Success

Last Saturday, more than 100 neighbors and other Portland residents gathered for Sustainable Overlook’s second annual Resilience Summit, co-sponsored with the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on the theme of preparedness. The morning began with a terrific keynote presentation “Surviving a 9.0: Lessons from Chile and Japan,” by geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch.

That excellent – and sobering – presentation was followed by four speakers: Captain Corey Wilson from Station 24 spoke about Portland Fire & Rescue’s response strategy after a big seismic event; Ernie Jones from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Preparedness spoke about PBEM’s NET and BEACON programs; Mitch Bixby (Overlook NET team lead) reviewed our team’s efforts; and Leslee Lewis Overlook NET lead and Sustainable Overlook spoke about the map your neighborhood block preparedness program and preparing your own home.

After a terrific lunch catered by New American Restaurant, there was more information and conversation at tables for NET, Phlush (the 4-bucket Emergency Waste System) and Thrive (freeze-dried foods); and an area with some ideas for your emergency food and supply stash. The day wound up with four more presentations: Emergency Radio Communications by John Beaston, Staging Areas and How They Work by Mitch Bixby, Food Prep Using Freeze-Dried Foods by Angie Smith, and Knowing Your Neighbors and Mapping Your Block by Josh Cabot.

There was plenty of food for thought, and neighbors went home with some concrete ideas on how to increase their preparedness. Luck favors the prepared.

See more photos from the event.

Save the Date! Resilience Summit 2016

Overlook Resilience Summit

Preparation:  Where Resilience Begins

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Following up on last year’s sustainability summit held at Beach School, Sustainable Overlook is partnering with Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and Multnomah County’s Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program to present a second summit that will focus on resilience.  This is an open invitation for neighbors to come together and discuss how we can prepare our homes for the unexpected, connect more closely as neighbors to serve as mutual safety nets, and adapt to changing conditions using specific plans that are being collectively-developed by NET (Neighborhood Emergency Teams). Mark your calendars now and click here for details!