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  • MLIT

    MLIT

    A Portland team including PLACE Studio, Biohabitats, ZGF Architects, and the Portland Development Commission was selected to lead a public charrette in Tokyo on January 29, 2015 to devise strategies to better reconnect the Japanese waterfront to everyday life. Facilitators and participants will explore the key themes of re-development, public process, sustainability, and economic development associated with the waterfront.

  • Columbia Green Technologies - Multnomah County Library

    Columbia Green Technologies - Multnomah County Library

    Columbia Green Technologies, a leading green roof manufacturer, worked with Oregon BEST and Portland State University’s Green Roof & Design Lab to create a modeling tool to speed the adoption of green roofs, coinciding with legislation aimed at reducing combined sewer overflow during heavy rains.

  • Ecodistricts

    Ecodistricts

    Portland hosts six Ecodistricts throughout the city, providing a framework for neighborhood development that encapsulates considerations for habitat, transportation, water, energy, materials, waste, health, operation, social equity, beauty, and community.

  • Benchmark Policy

    Benchmark Policy

    Buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions in Portland. As a result, the city has proposed an energy benchmarking policy for buildings over 20,000 square feet. The policy will cover nearly 80% of commercial square footage and is expected to take effect in 2016.

  • Tilikum Crossing

    Tilikum Crossing

    Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People will be Portland’s ninth bridge, stretching across the Willamette River and distinctive in the U.S., carrying solely alternative forms of transit including light rail trains, buses, cyclists, pedestrians, and streetcars. The bridge will open in September 2015.

  • c40 City Climate Leadership Awards

    c40 City Climate Leadership Awards

    Portland is a member of the C40 Initiative. In 2014, the city received the City Climate Leadership Award for its efforts to develop “complete neighborhoods” that give all residents safe and convenient access to goods and services in everyday life. This ambitious initiative was recognized as a unique strategy to creating sustainable, resilient, and low carbon communities.

Featured Projects

  • Clean Technology Market & Expertise

    Clean Technology Market & Expertise

    Portland is a global hub of clean technology firms. Attracted to the city’s culture of collaboration and innovation, hundreds of firms ranging from energy efficiency technology to electric vehicle components call Portland home.

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  • Hassalo on Eighth

    Hassalo on Eighth

    Portland’s next generation of mixed-use development within the Lloyd EcoDistict. The project team will infuse 24/7 vibrancy into the district, which will serve as a demonstration project for water conservation.

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  • Kashiwanoha Smart City Japan

    Kashiwanoha Smart City Japan

    The Kashiwanoha Smart City community used the expertise of the WBGC team to help redefine the quality of life for its neighborhood using placemaking principles and public participation.

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  • Brewery Blocks

    Brewery Blocks

    A former brewery that encompassed five blocks on the southern edge of the Pearl District is now the heart of an active, mixed-use neighborhood demonstrating smart planning principals and building innovation.

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