GREEN DEVELOPMENT

Portland is a recognized leader in green building, boasting the highest concentration of LEED-certified buildings in the nation. We have the opportunity to cultivate and grow companies that provide innovative products and services to help achieve net-zero energy and water use in the built environment.

 

Why Portland?

STRENGTHS

  • Professional and technical service firms – architects, engineers and developers - that are recognized as green building innovators and leaders
  • Policies and programs helped create an early market for LEED buildings, driving local firms to develop green building expertise well ahead of the rest of the country
  • A high concentration of utilities (PGE, Pacificorp, and BPA) and key electricity-related non-profits (ETO, the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the NW Power Planning and Conservation Council) have fostered the growth of firms that are particularly sophisticated in developing and delivering energy efficiency programs.

INDUSTRY ADVANTAGES

  • Regional concentration of firms that develop and manufacture building control systems, solar photovoltaic systems, and other products and technologies that are incorporated into green developments
  • Beyond the region but within the state, companies focused on delivering sustainably harvested wood and low-toxicity wood products are a significant element of the green development industry.

PORTLAND: A LIVING LABORATORY

We’re early adopters.

Portlanders are quick to embrace products and practices that contribute to a culture of sustainability, with the potential to transform the region into a “living laboratory” for the coordinated development and commercialization of innovative green building technologies. But such a transformation will require unprecedented collaboration among private industry, government, research institutions and the public.

RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS

RESOURCES PUBLICATIONS
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NOTABLE REGIONAL FIRMS
  • Brightworks NW
  • Earth Advantage
  • Ecos
  • Equilibrium
  • Fluid Market Strategies
  • GBD Architects
  • Gerding Edlen
  • Glumac
  • Intel
  • Interface
  • Johnson Controls
  • McKinstry
  • PECI
  • SERA Architects
  • Solaicx
  • Solar World
  • ZGF
PARTNERS
  • City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Business Oregon / Oregon Business Development Department
  • Portland Sustainability Institute
  • Oregon Living Building Initiative
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
  • Cascadia Green Building Council
  • Oregon BEST
  • Earth Advantage