Good day, Green Streeters! My name is Michelle Boisvert. I’ll be spending the summer working for Green Streets, and I wanted to introduce myself to you all and tell you a little about myself. I moved to Portland in 2006 to be closer to good friends, to go to college, and because this city completely charmed me upon visiting — which says alot considering I moved here from Charm City: Baltimore, MD. The parks, the street trees, the great local businesses, the trails system, the fact that one can live on the East End and walk a few blocks to a beautiful public park, trails into and out of town, accessible water, and A BEACH (?!) while living in a city – I’ve been sold on Portland.
I’ve been working at Preble Street Resource Center for the last four years and doing farm work the last couple of summers. In May, I graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelors degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. This summer, while I’m fulfilling the internship requirement for my degree program, I’ll be doing a little bit of everything — including helping with a signage and mapping project at Portland Trails and working on a community visioning project in the Town of Waldoboro.
I should probably tell you about my own green streeting. I sold my car in 2004 and have been getting alot of exercise ever since. Mostly, I’m a year-round bike commuter, but I love a good spontaneous conversation with other public transit riders in icy weather or when I have too much to carry. (Although, I have a knack for bungee cords and have transported everything from cross country skis to camping gear on my bicycle) I’ve found alot of creative ways to get around Portland and beyond including the bus systems, a temporary car share for an out-of-town job, carpooling, Go Maine’s services, the Portland’s U Car Share program, and USM’s shuttle buses. If you’ve been curious about using any of these modes of transportation, feel free to ask me anything. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m excited for this opportunity to participate in the excellent work Green Streets has been doing to increase awareness for the many modes of transportation we have available, promote healthy and active lifestyles, and create a more vibrant, people-friendly city — by getting folks out from behind the steering wheel! Some of the work I’ll be doing for Green Streets will include:
- surveying our local business partners about the our incentive program
- developing and implementing improvements to the program to make being a Green Streeter even easier and more convenient
- developing and implementing the “This is a Green Streets Business” decal project
- recruiting new local business sponsors.
Your input is welcome!
I’ll be hanging out at the North Star Cafe on July 20th from 5:30 -7:00 for Green Street’s monthly volunteer social. Come by to say hello, find out more information about Green Streets & how to get involved, or come share a cookie. Happy Green Streeting, All, and I hope to see you on the streets on the last Friday of this month!