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Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology Project

SE Portland neighborhood and business groups have formed a sustainability
partnership to develop a shared future vision of their community and devise
joint projects to achieve it. They are building an Eco-District from the
The Hawthorne Area Civic Ecology (HACE) project is working with SERA
architects which has designed buildings and cities around the world. HACE
invites residents to meet on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
Western Seminary, 5511 SE Hawthorne Boulevard. A second meeting is planned
for June 7 from 6-9 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison

HACE is developing what SERA architect Tim Smith calls the software of
sustainable development, the network of relations and shared concepts
linking individuals and groups in Southeast Portland.

One immediate goal is encouraging more businesses and homes in the
Hawthorne corridor to adopt sustainable practices. HACE volunteers are
working toward formation of an Eco-District, a citizens group is larger
than a neighborhood organization, but more focused than the city government.

HACE coordinator Michele Machado helped turn the Hawthorne Hostel into an
internationally recognized model for green practices; it won a Portland
Best award in 2009. In addition to helping businesses and homeowners adopt
greenerpractices, Michele seeks to build an organization that will make the
Hawthorne corridor a model for sustainability, focusing on energy use,
transportation and other issues.

HACE was awarded a $6,000 grant from Venture Portland, and is supported by
New Seasons Market, the Portland Farmers Market, the Hawthorne Auto Clinic,
UmpquaBank, the Hawthorne Auto Clinic and HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel. The
partnership includes the Hawthorne Area Business Association, and the
Hosford-Abernethy, Mount Tabor, Richmond, Sunnyside and Buckman
neighborhood associations.

Further information:

-A TED Talk by Tim Smith:


- Background on Civic Ecology:


- Information on Eco-Districts:

Contact information: Michele Machado,  cascadiasraven@gmail.com,(503)
752-4848; Linda Nettekoven,  linda@lnettekoven.com, (503) 235-7917; Bryan
Brumley, (503) 314-6821,  bebrumley@yahoo.com.

homepage: homepage: http://www.pdxinstitute.org/index.php/ecodistricts