The City of Portland, Oregon celebrates the 2013 North American World Environment Day

This year’s North American World Environment Day (WED) will be hosted by the City of Portland.  A variety of public events in the city will lead up to the main event on 5 June 2013, and will be part of the global celebration aimed at being the biggest day for positive environmental action.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and UNEP Regional Office for North America Head of Communications Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox made the announcement in a Portland City Council hearing on 13 February 2013.

Portland has been selected as the North American WED host, because, as Guilbaud-Cox said, “UNEP would like to put the spotlight on the city’s environmental achievements, which are reflected in the fact that this city is repeatedly ranked among the top ten green cities in the United States. In our research, Portland is often rated the number one green city in North America, an impressive accomplishment by any standard.”

“Portland is a national leader in many sustainability issues and green initiatives,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “It’s gratifying that UNEP recognizes that and has honored us by bringing World Environment Day to Portland.”

Activities to be held in Portland on 5 June will include an exhibition of the International Children’s Painting Competition sponsored by Bayer Corporation, and an interactive environmental workshop for high school students led by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation’s first female African-American astronaut.  Planning an activity for World Environment Day? Register your activity now.

For more details on the North American WED celebrations, please contact:
Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, United Nations Environment Programme
(202) 812-2100 (cell), elisabeth.guilbaud-cox@unep.org
Linc Mann, Bureau of Environmental Services
(503)823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
Katie Kirkpatrick, Bayer
(412) 777-5200, katie.kirkpatrick@bayer.com