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Portland’s ethos and infrastructure make it easy to plan a green meeting here.
In ways both big and small, Portland has long been obsessed with keeping its environs unspoiled. Residents’ recycling and bike-commuting rates are among the highest in the nation, while city planners are committed to preventing sprawl and preserving the working farms and natural wonders that ring the metropolitan area.
This eco-friendly ethos and sustainable infrastructure make it easy – incredibly easy – to plan a green meeting here. Portland ranks among the top 10 U.S. cities for most LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings per capita. These include the nation’s first gold- and platinum-level renovations of historic buildings (the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center and the Gerding Theater at the Armory, respectively) – both of which offer event space. There are also many green hotels in the city core, with certifications ranging from LEED to Green Seal and beyond.
Built with sustainability in mind, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) has long held a leadership role in green building and other environmentally responsible business practices. In 2004, the OCC was the first convention center to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2014, the facility was recertified at the Platinum level and operates with a pledge to continually reduce its environmental footprint, and to educate its staff, clients and visitors on the importance of working together toward a sustainable future.
Portland is home to many environmentally friendly hotels, bearing everything from LEED to Green Seal to Energy Star certifications.
The number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in Portland puts the city in the top ten in the United States. Many of these, and other green buildings, are available for meetings.
We’ve assembled lots of helpful tools to make meeting green easy. Find green-certified Portland businesses that can meet your needs, and local government agencies that provide information and assistance. And check out the websites that cater to green planners.
Whether your meeting has the je ne sais quoi of a foreign film or the pathos of a romantic comedy, you can go green in Portland. These movie trailers are fake, but the economic and environmental benefits of green meetings are very real.