Portland Leads Green Efforts

Sep 01, 2003

Portland and Seattle battle it out to be named the US city with the most sustainable buildings

The Henry is among Portland's most sustainable new developments.

According to Aimee Curl of Daily Journal of Commerce magazine, Portland is not far behind the Emerald City in a quest to be named the U.S. city with the most sustainable buildings. With new developments rising, Portland may just come out on top. “Although Oregon continues its economic slump, a quick jaunt through Portland finds cranes and scaffolding all over town. The biggest area for construction—and much of it green—remains the Pearl District. And increasingly, the luxurious accommodations common in this exclusive enclave include green features.”

With a number of sustainable buildings in progress, Portland developers, construction companies, and residents are fast becoming leaders in the effort. “In fact, Dennis Wilde, senior project manager at Gerding/Edlen Development Co., said that his company has been amazed at the city’s positive response to the sustainable measures incorporated in the Brewery Blocks development.”

“‘We have to continue to raise the bar on every project in order to move forward,’ said Wilde. ‘Especially if we want to maintain our lifestyle here, we must get smarter and better at how buildings interact with the environment. We have no choice.’”

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