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  • Regional Travel Options

    Metro’s Regional Travel Options program administers CarpoolMatchNW, the rideshare matching service serving commuters in Oregon and SW Washington, markets the Metro VanPool program and promotes the regional Drive Less, Save More campaign. As an incentive to vanpool, Metro pays up to 50 percent of the van lease cost, while Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) can provide a tax credit up to 35 percent of the cost.

Pacific Power

  • Customer Assistance

    Using business input, Pacific Power developed a streamlined call menu to give businesses quick access to a specially trained business service team as well as a self-service function.

  • Renewable Power Options

    Pacific Power offers three renewable power options to its Oregon customers. Each option allows customers to support wind and solar projects which promote resource diversity and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

  • Clean River Rewards Program

    Clean River Rewards is Portland’s stormwater discount program. Ratepayers can receive up to a 100% discount on their on-site stormwater utility fee for managing stormwater on their property. Staff can recommend appropriate stormwater management options and help register for the discount.

  • Community Watershed Stewardship Program

    The Community Watershed Stewardship Program provides funding, up to $10,000 per project, for activities that promote watershed protection and enhancement. Assistance is available for project planning and connecting applicants to project resources and community organizations.

  • Ecoroof Incentive Program

    The Ecoroof incentive program offers funds and free technical assistance to property owners who install an ecoroof in place of conventional roofing. An ecoroof is a lightweight, vegetated roof system that manages stormwater while providing building energy savings, a longer roof life, and multiple environmental benefits.

  • Sustainable Stormwater Management Program

    Staff from the Sustainable Stormwater Management Program can answer questions about landscaped systems like stormwater planters, bioswales, rain gardens, and eco-roofs to manage runoff from your site while providing multiple environmental benefits.

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

  • Green Building Resource Center

    The Green Building Resource Center provides regional information on green building products, strategies and incentives.

  • Portland Composts!

    Portland Composts! provides technical assistance, logistical support, educational and marketing materials to Portland businesses interested in collecting food waste and food-soiled paper for composting.

  • Recycle at Work

    The Recycle at Work program, in partnership with Metro, provides free resources, tools and assistance to make setting up your workplace recycling system easy.

  • Solar Now!

    The Solar Now! campaign connects Portland businesses with the resources and assistance needed to choose solar energy. Solar Now! is brought to you by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Solar Oregon, Energy Trust of Oregon and Oregon Department of Energy.

  • Solid Waste and Recycling Hotline

    The Solid Waste and Recycling Hotline can help answer questions about jobsite recycling requirements and how to fill out your Pre-Construction Recycling Form.

  • Sustainable Food Policy and Programs

    Whether it’s organic, local, farm direct or additional resources to make your purchasing more sustainable, the Sustainable Food Program can help set the table.

Portland Bureau of Transportation

  • SmartTrips Business Program

    The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s SmartTrips Business program provides information, resources, and tools to help Portland employers and commuters. The program provides tools for employers that encourage sustainable transportation and resources for employees on walking, biking, transit use, carpooling, and car sharing.

Portland Development Commission

  • Business Services

    PDC’s Business Services staff offer business owners access to a wide array of financial and technical resources that can give your company a competitive edge.

Portland General Electric

  • Energy Assessments

    Portland General Electric offers its small business customers customized technical assistance and advice on energy efficiency needs. Staff can provide answers to specific equipment questions, perform an on-site property walk-through and provide direct access to Energy Trust of Oregon financial incentives and Oregon State Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) information.

  • Renewable Power Options

    Reduce your carbon footprint and influence the future of energy by enrolling in Portland General Electric’s renewable power programs.

    For small businesses (Schedule 32):

    For medium and large businesses (Schedule 83 or 89):

Portland Water Bureau

  • Commercial Conservation Program

    The Portland Water Bureau’s Commercial Conservation Program offers small businesses customized technical assistance for reducing their water usage. Staff can provide answers to specific questions, create a water-use history report, identify potential savings and provide an on-site evaluation of water-using devices based on your specific needs.

The City of Portland was the first local government to adopt a local Global Warming Action Plan in 1993.