August 7, 2023: THPRD is excited to announce that it was selected by Portland General Electric’s Drive Change Fund (DCF) to receive funding for two of the district’s latest Rec Mobiles. One of the new vehicles was on full display at this past weekend’s Big Truck Day event and will be back in action for the Tri Together Pedal Run and Dip on August 12 at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center.
“This grant from PGE is so impactful as it allows us to bring mobile recreation programs out into the community to serve families and children who most need access to outdoor fun and fitness,” said Felicita Monteblanco, THPRD Board President. “We are grateful for the partnership and support from PGE to expand our FREE mobile rec programming to families experiencing financial hardship.”
The PGE DCF is funded via the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program. Funded by the sale of Oregon CFP credits, which PGE aggregates on behalf of residential customers who charge their electric vehicles at home, the fund supports projects aimed at expanding electric mobility options and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The DCF prioritizes projects focused on serving vulnerable populations and underserved communities.
“Portland General Electric is excited to award funds from DEQ’s Clean Fuels Program to support our partners in expanding cleaner transportation systems across the state,” said Elyssia Lawrence, senior manager, Product Manager and head of PGE’s Transportation Electrification team. “Transportation electrification plays an essential role in accelerating the clean energy transition. It is going to take all of us working together to achieve a cleaner and more equitable future for all Oregonians.”
Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and a major source of other air pollutants. THPRD is excited to partner with PGE to accelerate conversion to electric transportation through the Drive Change Fund.
In addition to the positive impacts on our environment and communities, EV’s are a better consumer choice.
- Cleaner air. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and reduce carbon monoxide emissions, nitrogen oxide emissions and other toxic compounds.
- Safety and comfort. EVs are quiet, reducing noise pollution in our communities.
- Cost of ownership. Less maintenance – no more oil changes or trips to the gas station! And the price of electricity is regulated unlike gasoline.
About Rec Mobile
At THPRD we believe every child deserves the chance at a healthy lifestyle that includes active play, challenging activities, creative projects, and more! We are committed to bringing the fun to park sites, school free meal sites and affordable housing facilities!
The Rec Mobile provides FREE athletic, artistic and educational programs at local schools, in parks and at housing sites, expanding access to families who may not have the ability to come into a center to experience recreational programming.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving 270,000+ people in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round park and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 117 park sites with active recreational amenities, about 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,500 acres of natural areas. At THPRD, our core values center around equity, sustainability and our deep commitment to our community’s vision for park and rec services. We are here to keep people active, healthy, connected, and safe through diverse programming and shared spaces that make our community a welcoming and inclusive place for all.
About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 90,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees are committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company’s commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news.
|Date: August 7, 2023
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