Representing community needs and interests, the Portola Urban Greening Committee (PUG) works to increase neighborhood greenspace, walkability, and overall thriving through green projects and the promotion of neighborhood environmental sustainability.  

To support the Portola District's goal of expanding and deepening its identity as San Francisco's Garden District, in 2014, a diverse group of neighborhood stakeholders joined to form the Portola Urban Greening (PUG) Steering Committee. In its first year, Juan Carlos Cancino and David Gabriner represented The Greenhouse Project on the nine member PUG committee.

Portola Green Plan
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With support from Supervisor David Campos, the committee spent the spring of 2014 through the spring of 2015 thinking and talking with neighbors about what's next for the Garden District. The result of those efforts was the Portola Green Plan report, which catalogues conversation with Portola residents and now serves as a roadmap for future projects and community engagement.The Portola Green Plan is a long-range vision intended to increase opportunities for community engagement as well as improve the quality and consistency of improvements and projects undertaken in the neighborhood. It represents the outreach and opportunities portion of the larger vision of both strengthening the identity of the Garden District, past and present.

With guidance from this first community-informed phase of the Portola Green Plan, The Greenhouse Project and PUG will continue collaborating in 2015 and 2016 on a next phase of this important work. This next phase will focus on further community engagement and project development within the Portola District as well as the planning and launch of pilot projects established in the Green Plan.

Please visit www.portolaurbangreening.org for more information. 

Photography by Michael Blumenfeld