Oregon Invests in Sustainability

Jan 04, 2007

Oregon should capitalize on its reputation as a leader in sustainable thought and development

The Brewery Blocks, a five-block mixed-use urban development, has gained international recognition for its sustainable strategies.

Staff writer Aliza Earnshaw at the Portland Business Journal said that the recurring theme of the opening remarks and first panel discussion at Oregon's fifth economic development summit was that “Oregon can—and should—seize the moment and capitalize on its worldwide reputation for sustainability.”

Earnshaw points out that sustainability has typically been viewed as a luxury that yields no particular business benefits. But Oregon is changing that and setting the state as a leader in the industry.

“As corporations and governments seek ways to save on fixed costs, building sustainably has become an export industry for Oregon,” said Dennis Wilde, Gerding Edlen principal.

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