Green Business Directory

This is how green business gets done. The businesses listed below are Clackamas County certified Leaders in Sustainability, recognized for their positive impact on our environment and community. They have all demonstrated a commitment to sustainability through efforts in recycling and compost, energy and water efficiencies, sustainable transportation and community engagement.

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Certified award Certification
mandatory actions, 1 new goal, 1 community action
Silver award Silver Certification
mandatory actions, 1 new goal, 1 community action + 20 additional actions
Gold award Gold Certification
mandatory actions, 1 new goal, 1 community action + 40 additional actions

Categories

Certified Award = Certified      Silver Award = Silver Certification     Gold Award = Gold Certification     Business Mentor = Business Mentor

Food and lodging

Gold AwardMentor Babica Hen Café
Gold AwardMentor Gubanc's Pub
Silver Award Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co
Gold Award Lake Theater & Cafe
Gold AwardMentor Menchie's Frozen Yogurt - Oregon City
Gold Award New Seasons Market – Happy Valley and Mountain Park

Manufacturing

Gold Award Autodesk Inc.
Gold AwardMentor General Sheet Metal
Gold AwardMentor Hoptown Handles
Silver AwardMentor OECO
Gold AwardMentor Rockwell Collins
Gold AwardMentor Yakima Products, Inc.

Property management, retirement facilities

Gold AwardMentor Colliers International Centerpointe
Gold Award Danielsons
Gold AwardMentor Mary's Woods
Gold AwardMentor Rose Villa
Gold AwardMentor Shorenstein Realty Services, L.P.

Services, retail

Silver Award 18/8 Fine Men's Salons
Gold Award Bike Gallery
Silver Award Canby Restore Habitat for Humanity
Silver Award Dyke Vandenburgh Jewelers
Silver Award Mentor Elevate Wealth Advisors
Gold Award Mentor FCS Group
Silver AwardMentor Johnson RV
Silver Award Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce
Silver Award Lush Cosmetics
Gold AwardMentor OBEC Consulting Engineers
Gold AwardMentor The Partners Group

Government, nonprofits and educational institutions

Silver Award Bridges to Change
Gold AwardMentor City of Happy Valley - City Hall
Gold Award Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Gold AwardMentor Exceed Enterprises
Silver Award Friends of Robinwood Station
Gold AwardMentor Lake Oswego United Church of Christ
Gold AwardMentor Marylhurst University
Silver Award Sandy Community Action Center
Silver AwardMentor Water Environment Services

Food, lodging and recreation

Gold AwardMentor
Babica Hen
Babica Hen Café

Babica Hen Cafe bakes cupcakes, cookies, muffins and pies daily, serves breakfast and lunch made from scratch with Northwest ingredients, and offers event space and catering for special occasions.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Follows a sustainable purchasing policy, including purchasing products made of recycled-content materials
  • Uses native plants for landscaping
  • Uses prepped food for new menu items
  • Donates in-kind services to the community
Gold AwardMentor
Gubanc's Pub
Gubanc's Pub

Since 1976, Gubanc's Pub has served its guests the best quality food, made from scratch with great care in their kitchen. Gubanc's uses only all-natural, locally raised beef and pork, and source as much possible from the local area.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Follows a sustainable purchasing policy
  • Donates leftover soups to St. Vincent dePaul
  • Purchases products made of recycle content materials
  • Uses prepped food for new menu items
  • Donates in-kind services to their community
Silver Award
Happyrock Coffee Roasting
Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co

Happyrock Coffee is a small-batch artisan coffee roaster located in downtown Gladstone. Their beans can be found in restaurants, cafes, grocers, farmers markets and specialty stores.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Promotes and purchases local products
  • Use energy efficient lighting
  • Reuse product packaging and shipping materials
  • Purchases renewable energy
Gold Award
Lake Theater & Cafe
Lake Theater & Cafe

Lake Theater & Cafe, founded in 1940, is a popular destination for food, drink, lakeside dining, movie showings, private events and an annual Eco Film Festival. Lake Theater & Cafe partners with local, sustainable farms to prepare its from-scratch menu.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Food and concessions served in reusable containers
  • LED lighting installed
  • Has its own backyard herb garden
Gold AwardMentor
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt - Oregon City

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt makes yogurt from happy cows and real ingredients. The Oregon City location took sustainability into consideration before opening in the fall of 2016.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Encourage spoons to be used again. Guests can take their spoons home, leave them at the store where they will be donated to charitable organizations or recrafted into art.
  • Installed energy efficient hand dryers and LED lighting
  • Uses green cleaning products
  • Purchases paper products made with recycled content
  • Works with property manager to monitor water usage and replaced the faucets with low-flow aerators
  • Donates thousands of dollars to local school programs and charitable organizations each year
Gold Award
New Seasons Market
New Seasons Market – Happy Valley and Mountain Park

Founded in 2000, New Seasons Market is a homegrown locally-owned grocery store. New Seasons Market's goal is to build community, champion the regional food economy, and be sustainable to the core by keeping their footprint small and gentle on the earth.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Gives 10% of after-tax profits back to the community to address hunger, public education and conservation
  • Purchases 15% of its total electricity usage in wind energy
  • Implements a robust sustainable materials management program that prioritizes waste reduction, reuse, food donation, composting and recycling
  • Offsets 65% of its operating carbon footprint in 2014
  • Provides customer bike parking and a protected bike cage for staff in which to lock their bikes
  • Provides all staff with the chance to purchase 20% off transit passes
  • Donates millions of pounds of food to community food pantries
  • Provides full health benefits to all staff working 20 hours or more

Manufacturing

Gold Award
Autodesk Inc.
Autodesk Inc.

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers, and architects to digital artists, students, and hobbyists – uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Produces an annual sustainability report
  • Publicizes its sustainability targets and progress online
  • Lake Oswego office located in a LEED certified building
  • Sponsors pro bono volunteer program, matching skilled employees with outside organizations
  • Provides electric vehicle charging stations to customers and employees
  • Contracts landscape services with an Eco-Biz certified company
Gold AwardMentor
General Sheet Metal
General Sheet Metal

General Sheet Metal specializes in mechanical, architectural and heating-ventilating-air conditions (HVAC) fabrication, installation and repair services for the commercial and industrial markets. General Sheet Metal actively encourages a culture of safety and environmental consciousness.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Constructed new building to meet high performance building standards
  • Conducts a paper assessment with staff using toolkit provided by the County
  • Uses paperless invoicing, billing and payroll
  • Uses durable dishware in break room and production area
  • Conducts chemical assessments to eliminate toxic chemicals
  • Uses teleconferencing technologies to communicate with clients
Gold AwardMentor
Hoptown Handles
Hoptown Handles

Hoptown Handles manufactures and designs tap handles for craft breweries around the world. Using FSC-certified woods and water-based finishes, they strive to be the sustainable, high-quality, American-made alternative to mass-produced tap handles manufactured overseas.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Sells tap handles made of FSC-certified maple for over 90% of orders
  • Donates to the National Forest Foundation to plant a tree for every 50 handles sold
  • Crafts Reclaimed Series handles from leftover scrap wood and reclaimed wine and whiskey barrels
  • Uses low- or no-VOC water-based finishes
  • Supports the community through paid time off for volunteering
Silver AwardMentor
oeco
OECO – Milwaukie

OECO, a Meggitt company, designs and manufactures products for the defense, commercial aviation, space, industrial and medical industries. They are committed to the prevention of pollution, the protection of the environment and the health and safety of their employees, customers and neighbors. Whenever possible, they reduce the consumption of natural resources, generation of waste, and emissions of harmful substances to the environment.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Sustainability and recycling progress is shared on an employee board and in all staff meetings
  • An Environmental Management System is used to guide environmental efforts
  • Uses green cleaners, as available
  • Uses energy efficient lighting throughout facility
  • Promotes community giving in food bank, blood and gift drives
  • Reduces paper consumption through paperless payroll
Gold AwardMentor
Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for aerospace and defense, including in-flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Annually creates a Corporate Responsibility Report
  • Constructed facility to high performance building standards
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Reuses shipping and packaging materials
  • Designs and builds products to eliminate waste
  • Uses on-site stormwater management facilities
  • Purchases renewable energy (Silver level)
  • Provides bus passes to employees and offers telecommuting options
Gold AwardMentor

Yakima ProductsYakima Products, Inc.

Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions. The company’s two brands – Yakima and Prorack – offer a variety of cargo management products, including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags, roof-top tents and awnings, and high performance multi-sport trailers.

They make sure their products have as small of an environmental footprint as possible by integrating sustainability in at the product development stage and making better design choices from the beginning.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Has a team to research and implement green practices for products and facilities
  • Uses LED lighting in parking lot and interior and exterior lighting along with motion sensors in most areas of the building
  • Bike room, showers and lockers provided for employees
  • Janitorial company uses green cleaners
  • Durable dishware used in lunchroom and coffee stations
  • Uses an index tool to standardize how they measure product and supply chain sustainability elements

Property management, retirement facilities

Gold AwardMentor
Colliers International Centerpointe
Colliers International Centerpointe

Colliers International is a full-service commercial real estate firm with brokerage, asset/property management and commercial finance divisions. The company strives to maintain consistent, sustainable practices for a healthy and safe environment for their tenants and visitors.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Received U.S. EPA Energy Star award for energy performance and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Installed high efficiency HVAC equipment, outdoor air ventilation and computerized building automation system
  • Installed efficient lighting and lighting control systems that use daylight and occupancy sensors and reduce energy use
  • Introduced low-flow and auto-control restroom fixtures to reduce clean water use
  • Holds a semi-annual paper shredding event for recycling sensitive documents free of cost to tenants
  • Located close to public transportation, and secured bicycle parking and walkways to nearby shops to reduce negative impact on traffic and air pollution
Gold Award Danielsons

Danielsons Properties has two retail centers in Oregon City and Milwaukie. A Safeway grocery store anchors each development along with many other retail shops. Prior to managing the properties, Danielsons used to own and operate grocery stores at these locations prior to getting out of the grocery industry.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Shares recycling and waste reduction education with tenants annually
  • Provides an electric vehicle charging station for public use
  • Upgraded parking lot, external building and internal office lights to LED
  • Recycles fluorescent lamps from their office and from their tenants
  • Uses an electronic document library in place of paper files
  • Monitors tenant water usage to identify if leaks occur
Gold AwardMentor
Mary's Woods
Mary's Woods

Mary's Woods at Marylhurst, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names, is a provider of housing, health and vital aging services for older adults. Mary's Woods is committed to the full development for every individual at each life stage.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Uses low-flow toilets and urinals, energy-efficient lights and light occupancy sensors
  • Composts food scraps
  • Uses certified green cleaners
  • Shares sustainability tips in their resident newsletter
  • Involves residents through their Stewardship Council
  • Offers electric car charging to residents, employees and visitors
  • Uses water-conserving sprinkler heads for landscaping
Gold AwardMentor
Rose Villa
Rose Villa

Rose Villa is a nonprofit senior living organization with a mission to support older adults to live the life of their own choosing. From independent living to 24-hour nursing, Rose Villa works with individuals every step of the way in their personal journey. Rose Villa partners with the community by providing resources for local groups and engaging in sustainable practices wherever possible.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Resident Green Committee advocate group seeks out new sustainable initiatives
  • Comprehensive recycling program for staff and residents
  • Programmable thermostats and climate control throughout buildings
  • Commitment to native plantings to reduce irrigation
Gold AwardMentor
Shorenstein Realty Services
Shorenstein Realty Services, L.P.

Shorenstein owns and manages high-quality office and residential properties including a 20-building office campus with 1.8 million square feet in Lake Oswego. Shorenstein embraces environmental, social, and governance best practices as an opportunity to improve their business. Their efforts have added measurable value through reduced operating expenses and increased tenant satisfaction.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Publishes an annual sustainability report covering conservation and energy-saving efforts and achievements
  • Is an EPA Energy Star partner and benchmarks all properties using Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Installed high-efficiency HVAC computerized building automation systems and LED lighting
  • Hosts an annual sustainability workshop for tenants to receive tools and resources to use in their own operations and to learn about local sustainability issues
  • Holds electronics recycling and paper shredding events for tenants
  • Installed low-flow and auto-control restroom fixtures to reduce water use
  • Provides access to electric vehicle charging station for public use at no charge

Services, retail

Gold Award
18|8 Fine Men's Salons

18/8 Fine Men's Salons

18/8 Fine Men's Salon in Lake Oswego offers more than just haircuts with services designed just for men, including straight shaves, hairstyling, skincare, waxing and facials. 

Additional sustainable actions and activities

  • Using LED lighting throughout the salon
  • Recycling
  • Using green cleaners
  • Using a recirculating water pump to reduce consumption
  • Purchasing mancy products locally
  • Supporting the community through volunteering and funding
Gold Award
Bike Gallery
Bike Gallery

Bike Gallery, a locally-owned, family-operated business, specializes in new bicycle sales and bike repair, with a trade-in program; also bike clothing, accessories and parts. Bike Gallery seeks to make an ongoing contribution to the sustainability of the neighborhoods in which it does business by putting more people on bikes more often.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Uses electronic invoicing and billing
  • Offers bike parking and lockers for employees
  • Donates in-kind services to the community
  • Uses energy efficient heating/cooling, and indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Recycles many items including tires, tubes and most plastics
  • Sells items made from recycled materials
Silver Award Canby Restore Canby Restore Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Diverts hundreds of tons of material from landfills each year by accepting hard-to-dispose-of items, including new and used furniture, appliances and surplus building materials
  • Partners with local business to use carpet remnants for pack shipping
  • Unplugs small appliances and workstations over night
  • Uses motion sensor lighting
Silver Award
Dyke Vandenburgh Jewelers
Dyke Vandenburgh Jewelers

Dyke Vandenburgh Jeweler's studio and showroom features a wide selection of Dyke's one-of-a-kind creations and fine quality designer jewelry from around the world. They also offer a variety of services, including laser welding technology, on-site gemologist, diamond and gemstone re-cutting, pearl and bead restringing, expert restoration, appraisals, engraving, and gemstone inlay and lapidary work.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Uses recycled-content precious metals and recycles scrap metals
  • Uses fair-trade gemstones and conflict-free diamonds
  • Recycles a variety of materials beyond the basics, including plastic film
  • Upgraded to energy-efficient lighting
  • Uses certified green cleaners
  • Sponsors various local community projects and events
Silver AwardMentor
Elevate Wealth
Elevate Wealth Advisors

Elevate Wealth Advisors specialize in retirement planning and asset management, with a focus on serving their local community. They incorporated sustainability decisions into an office move in 2016 and continue to evaluate day-to-day operations with sustainability in mind.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Prints double-sided as the default setting from a centralized printer
  • Installed LED lighting
  • Uses durable dishes and silverware in their lunchroom
  • Uses green cleaners 
  • Encourage clients to use paperless statement options
  • Supports community events and actively participates in the community  
Gold AwardMentor
FCS Group
FCS Group

FCS Group provides financial, economic and utility management consulting services to the public sector. They provide analytical solutions to solve complex issues tailored specifically to their own communities. They strive to take care of our built, natural and social environment through internal and external sustainability practices including recycling beyond the basics, supporting low-impact commuting practices, buying recycled-content supplies and using municipal drinking water over bottled water.

Additional sustainable practices:

  • Composts all food scraps
  • Participates in a commuter challenge each year
  • Uses double-sided printing and other paper reduction practices
  • Conducted a waste audit that inspired a switch to centralized garbage and recycling containers
Silver AwardMentor
Johnson RV
Johnson RV

Johnson RV specializes in the selection and service of primarily pre-owned recreational vehicles to help customers achieve their lifestyle, travel goals and dreams.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Reuses product packaging and shipping materials
  • Recycles plastic film
  • Partners with local families and schools for donation drives
  • Donates leftover food to community partners
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
Silver Award
Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce
Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 500 businesses, civic and charitable organizations dedicated to creating the conditions for business success in the Lake Oswego community while keeping an eye on environmental and social impacts.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Reuses shipping materials
  • Uses rechargeable batteries
  • Uses organic methods for plant pest control
  • Uses water-efficient landscaping
  • Supports the business community with 45 networking events per year
  • Establishes partnerships throughout the community
Silver Award
Lush Cosmetics
Lush Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics makes fresh, handmade cosmetics with over 200 shops in North America, supplied by two cosmetic kitchens in Vancouver, Canada.

Additional Sustainable Actions and Activities:

  • Sustainability is a company-wide priority that is mirrored in their products
  • Companywide initiatives to get employees engaged such as “Weigh the Waste Challenge” and reward systems to promote green habits
  • Use as little packaging as possible; many products have no packaging whatsoever and the others are made with 100% recycled content
  • Recycle black pots through a closed loop process at their in-house recycling center
  • Incentive program for customers to bring back containers to be recycled
  • Purchase green cleaning products
  • Use reusable towels at demo station instead of paper napkins
Gold AwardMentor

OBEC Consulting EngineersOBEC Consulting Engineers

OBEC is a multi-discipline engineering firm that has provided practical engineering to Pacific Northwest clients since 1966. With six offices across Oregon and Washington, OBEC has enhanced its sustainability practices by adopting a range of policies related to employee education, resource conservation, and green purchasing.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Organized an interoffice sustainability committee that is responsible for developing recommendations for sustainable policies and practices and assisting with their implementation.
  • Adopted firm-wide policies for sustainable practices and purchasing for operations, maintenance and building upgrades.
  • New employee training includes help on sustainability practices, and employees can access a dedicated sustainability page via their intranet.
  • Supports employee participation in a flexible schedule and telecommuting program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption.
  • Organizes quarterly “lunch n’ learn” sessions that focus on global and local impacts of climate change and how its sustainable practices impact the environment.
Gold AwardMentor

The Partners GroupThe Partners Group

Founded in 1981, The Partners Group is an independent consulting firm with services including employee benefits, business consulting, retirement planning and investment services, and commercial and individual insurance. The Partners Group strives to create a culture of sustainability.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Allows employees to receive paid time off to volunteer in the community
  • Hosts fun activities, such as Green Office Challenges, to engage employees in sustainable habits
  • Prints double-sided as the default setting on all centralized printers
  • Repurposes single-sided print jobs and file covers into scratch notepads for employees
  • Provides reusable dishware and utensils in their offices
  • Uses teleconferencing and videoconferencing technology to limit unnecessary travel

Government, nonprofits and educational institutions

Silver Award
Bridges to Change
Bridges to Change

Bridges to Change strengthens individuals and families affected by addiction, mental health, poverty and homelessness. Through a partnership with Clackamas County Community Corrections, mentoring and transitional housing is offered for a variety of populations throughout the county. By incorporating sustainable business practices and policies on economic, environmental, and social levels, Bridges to Change hopes to reduce its global impact while increasing awareness of employees, participants, and partners.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Provides living wages to employees
  • Hires from disadvantaged populations
  • Allows paid volunteer time for employees
Gold AwardMentor
City of Happy Valley City Hall
City of Happy Valley - City Hall

Happy Valley City Hall is a high performance building located in southeast Happy Valley. The building provides a home base for the city of Happy Valley, housing many offices and programs.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Publish a monthly e-newsletter for staff with information about a sustainable workplace and how to improve with sustainability
  • Promote buying from local business
  • Installed all ENERGY STAR appliances and energy-efficient lighting
  • Included a bioswale in the landscape around the building to capture storm water
  • Established the Happy Valley Community Garden with fruits and vegetables for local families
Gold Award
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

CCCF is a multi-custody prison that accommodates all of Oregon's female inmates. The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, education, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, warehouse space for on-site storage, a central records unit and administration areas.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Installed high-efficiency lighting and water fixtures
  • Uses an extensive recycling program, and educates staff and inmates on waste reduction practices
  • Recycles food scraps through on-site vermiculture and municipal composting programs
  • Runs an endangered butterfly rearing program and propagates native plants in protected habitats with help from inmates
  • Saves on food costs with a variety of food waste reduction practices
  • Inmates repair old eyeglasses that are donated to people in need
  • Implements and promotes sustainable practices through Green Team, with help from inmates
Gold AwardMentor
Exceed Enterprises
Exceed Enterprises

Exceed Enterprises, founded in 1968, provides training and employment for people with disabilities. Exceed’s trained work teams perform a variety of jobs at customer sites around the metro region, including services that help other businesses achieve sustainability goals and recycle more. Many manufacturers rely on Exceed to do light manufacturing, packaging and assembly.

Additional sustainability actions include:

  • Provides vocational and personal development services for people with disabilities
  • Provides services for clients that include repurposing materials, reworking defective products and performing sorting and quality control
  • Uses green cleaners and reusable rags
  • Implemented paper reduction strategies, especially in the Human Resources department
  • Installed automatic lighting throughout production facility
  • Landscapes without chemicals
  • Supports an active Green Team to encourage and educate employees
Silver Award Friends of Robinwood Station

Robinwood Station, a West Linn Community Center, is improved, managed and operated by the Friends of the Robinwood Station in conjunction with the City of West Linn. A variety of private and community events are held at the Station, and it has become a hub for the community.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Replaced lights with energy efficient T8 fluorescent or LEDs
  • Reuse materials in construction
  • Promote local events
  • Emphasize edible landscaping and native plants
  • Promote zero waste events
Gold AwardMentor Lake Oswego United Church of Christ

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ is an open and affirming, Earthwise and Just Peace congregation that holds a weekly Sunday morning worship as well as ongoing activities for faith education, spiritual growth, and community mission.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Endorses and follows a sustainability policy for employee training, environmentally preferred purchasing and best practices
  • Green Team promotes use of reusable plates and napkins, carpooling, healthy eating habits at church functions and avoiding packing foam
  • Keeps congregation informed of sustainable actions through monthly newsletter
  • Installed insulated windows
  • Manage two acres of wooded land sustainably without use of pesticides
  • Maintain two rain gardens and a bio-swale to filter water run-off from property
Gold AwardMentor
Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, is a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university that has been empowering students to impact the world since 1893.

Sustainability Achievements

Marylhurst sets an example of service, social responsibility and stewardship through academic programs (MBA in Sustainable Business, M.S. in Food Systems & Society, B.A. in Science, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and B.F.A. in Interior Design), the Sustainability Advisory Council, campus-based sustainability initiatives and membership in groups such as the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Instituting an official Sustainability Policy
  • Engage with the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management program to ensure continuous energy savings
  • Advocate for paperless communication and reuse of resources such as office supplies
  • Conserve water through targeted, limited use of water for irrigation; replacing high water landscaping with xeriscaping in new projects whenever possible, and installing low-flow toilets, showers and faucets
  • Plant native plants and remove invasive plants to promote wildlife habitat. The Marylhurst University campus is a certified wildlife habitat.
Silver Award Sandy Community Action Center

The Sandy Community Action Center is a hunger relief agency that serves the residents of the Oregon Trail School District. The Center provides residents food boxes, daily bread and pastries, clothing cards, monthly food baskets and energy assistance.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Compost food scraps that cannot be donated
  • Recycles a variety of materials beyond the basics, including plastic film
  • Use energy efficient lighting inside and out
  • Provide food boxes to households in need
  • Purchase products made of recycled content materials
  • Provide energy assistance through the Heat Oregon program
  • Donate in-kind services to the community
Silver AwardMentor
Water Environment Services
Water Environment Services

Water Environment Services (WES) protects public health and the environment by collecting and cleaning more than 6 billion gallons of wastewater every year for more than 165,000 customers. WES also recovers energy and nutrients from the waste stream, and protects and improves watershed health through infrastructure development and community engagement. The Surface Water Management program provides water quality protection for the community through programs that reduce pollution in our rivers and wetlands caused by urban stormwater runoff.

Additional sustainable actions and activities:

  • Participates in Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management Program saving 2 million kilowatt hours and more than $125,000 in avoided costs
  • Formed a cross-department Green Team to foster continuous improvement and employee engagement
  • Educates new employees about sustainability efforts. Creating a standalone brochure highlighting sustainable practices
  • Educates residents and businesses about watershed health and environmentally responsible water use