Portland's Susan Anderson makes the Portlandia-sustainability link

City of Portland's sustainability chief Susan Anderson told Grist magazine that
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City of Portland's sustainability chief Susan Anderson told Grist magazine that "Portlandia" is more biography than parody. 

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, creators of the hit television show "Portlandia," owe a debt of gratitude to Susan Anderson, director of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

So argues Grist magazine which this month published an interview with Anderson that covers everything from Portland's composting experiment to methods for preaching sustainability to folks outside Portland's hipster choir.

Her answer? "Not talking about sustainability but talking about affordability."

Elsewhere in the interview, Anderson attributes Portland's sustainability leadership to careful planning and said there's money to be made in being the first to try new policies and practices to make the city greener.

"There’s money to be made, to be crass," Anderson told the writer, Darby Minow Smith. "There are hundreds and hundreds of companies in Portland that are manufacturing or offering services that are sustainable technologies or products or services."

In addition to providing fodder for "Portlandia" spoofs about extreme recycling practices, Portland also offered up the quirky Ryno motors for a take on motorcycle culture.

Read the whole Grist interview here.


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