Portland is leading the charge toward environmental sustainability among US cities. The city has one bold goal — to become the most sustainable urban center in the world. At the heart of that dream lie big changes in urban lifestyle and development. Environmentally-minded businesses play a large part in the ultimate vision. The latest initiatives provide a carbonless footprint for all eco-savvy businesses:
What You Should Know
The city of Portland has mastered the art of green development. Its steady growth focuses on sustainable initiatives within the confines of urban boundaries. The goal is two-fold: The first is to develop renewable growth within boundaries, while the second preserves more than 25 million acres of forest and farmland outside city confines.
Before you break ground, recognize any residential and commercial demands. City dwellers demand sustainable practices in all aspects of life. Luckily, supply stores like GreenDepot make it easy to find renewable materials. Businesses that take the time to incorporate environmental details thrive in this green urban haven.
Find the Right People
Revitalization projects like Central City 2035 provide businesses with a bright and sustainable future. Starting a business in a new city requires knowledgeable partners to help build your dream. Companies like American Apartment Owners Association provide a comprehensive directory of contractors, many of whom are green-focused. From insulation and heating to landscaping and window coverings, ensure the foundation of your business starts on green grounds.
Green enthusiasts worldwide are taking notice of the city’s and the state’s eco-friendly initiatives. Residents do their part by supporting urban bicycling and local food production. Setting Portland apart from other sustainable cities is leadership. Law-makers take charge to fulfill the city’s over-achieving goals of sustainability. Among the city’s initiatives, Portland supports business excellence with a variety of free resources. The Sustainability at Work program advocates business success with incentives for green practices. Once registered in the program, the city matches businesses with a sustainability advisor at no cost. From there, business owners can take part in a strategy session to identify green goals. Existing businesses can participate in a no-cost sustainability assessment. The program even helps educate staff on sustainable initiatives.
Portland’s Green Investment Fund rewards commercial, industrial and residential projects for innovative green technologies and practices. The city is the first to award this five-year, $2.5 million grant-based fund. Leading by example, Portland currently hosts the most LEED-certified buildings per capita in the nation. Of those, 35 buildings pass the tough standards of the US Green Building Council.
City support, like-minded residents and impressive long-term goals — what more could you ask for from a city?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sandra Perez, an electric-vehicle driver and writer who covers autos, sustainability and green living.