Last week, New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced that former Portland, Oregon Metro Council president David Bragdon will take over as the new Director of the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, the office responsible for the creation and implementation of PlaNYC, New York's 20-year vision for a more sustainable, more populated New York City.
According to TreeHugger:
Bragdon brings with him ten years of experience coordinating Portland's land use and transportation planning. Much of this role involved long term planning that will come in handy in his new position. Bragdon was termed out of being Metro Council President again because of term limits. Bragdon credits the City of Portland for giving him the experience of being at the forefront of green buildings, bicycles, and protecting open space. While President at Metro Council, Bragdon helped acquire more than 10,000 acres through two voter-approved bond measures, including a $227 million bond to protect natural areas and stream corridors. The Portland region also has an impressive 56.7% solid waste recycling rate.
Excited to see what he brings to New York!