FROM: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development, 503-742-4274, ellenrog@clackamas.us DATE: 06-27-13

Clackamas County

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Autodesk in Lake Oswego honored for sustainable business practices by Clackamas County

Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software for everyone from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists, was “re-honored” with a BRAG (Business Recycling Awards Group) membership for its extraordinary commitment to recycling, waste prevention and pursuing a culture of sustainability. The award, presented Friday, June 28, comes from the Clackamas County Recycling Partnership.

Autodesk Green Team members Lana Sawyer, Clare Bronder and Chris Bonney received a BRAG membership certificate and recycled glass plaque from Clackamas County Recycle at Work specialist Susan Terry at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting Friday, June 28.

Autodesk, a worldwide company headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., was first certified as a BRAG member five years ago – about the time it renovated two floors at 5400 Meadows to a LEED Platinum standard. 

Besides being a top-notch recycler, Autodesk has a company policy to buy recycled-content items such as paper, promotional materials and print cartridges. The company's about 200 local employees have access to durable dishware and utensils. Green Team members recently upgraded recycling signage in all lunch/break areas.

“Autodesk's employee Green Team has been empowered by company leadership to come up with more ways to improve the workplace and reduce its environmental impact,” said Terry. “They keep sustainability top of mind – whether by hosting sustainable car company Tesla so employees can learn about electric vehicles or by collecting coffee grounds employees can use for their home gardens.”

Autodesk has the distinction of having its software used in the last 17 Academy Award-winning movies for Best Visual Effects and for making design technology accessible to professional designers as well as amateur designers, homeowners, students and casual creators.  The corporation's 2013 sustainability reports is at http://usa.autodesk.com/sustainability-reporting/.

The Clackamas County Recycling Partnership is a cooperative of local garbage and recycling companies including the cities of Barlow, Canby, Damascus, Estacada, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, West Linn and Wilsonville, and Clackamas County.

For more information, contact Susan Terry at 503-742-4461.

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