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Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow

Guiding Portland's small businesses toward a profitable green future.

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In the United States, buildings account for 70 percent of electricity consumption, release 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and generate over 136 million tons of waste annually.  In contrast, green buildings areefficient, healthy, durable and cost-effective.

  • BES: 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.

  • Energy Trust: New Building Program

    High efficiency, sustainably designed buildings are good for business and the planet. Energy Trust can help make your commercial new construction or major renovation project more energy efficient and environmentally friendly with cash incentives for energy modeling, commissioning and high-efficiency equipment.

  • Green Building Hotline and Resource Center

    The Green Building Hotline, 503-823-5431, provides information about green building strategies, resources and incentives for new and existing commercial projects.  Callers can get answers to questions about green materials, strategies to reduce a building’s carbon footprint, financial incentives, renewable energy, indoor air quality, sustainable site development, construction material recycling and stormwater management.  The hotline is a joint effort of the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, Metro, and Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah Counties.

  • Metro: Construction Toolkit

    Construction salvage and recycling are good for business and for the environment. Metro offers practical tools to help contractors, architects and developers save money, earn “green” building credits and keep building materials out of the landfill.

  • US Green Building Council

    The USGBC administers the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for new and existing commercial buildings.  LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable-site development; water savings; energy efficiency; materials selection; and indoor environmental quality.