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The Living Building Challenge

Out of the Way, LEEDS—There’s a New (Green Building) Sheriff in Town

LEEDS was only the beginning. Now, the gauntlet has truly been thrown down. The International Living Building Institute has issued a challenge:

to all design professionals, contractors and building owners to create the foundation for a sustainable future in the fabric of our communities.

to politicians and government officials to remove barriers to systemic change, and to realign incentives and market signals that truly protect the health, safety and welfare of people and all beings.

to all of humanity to reconcile the built environment with the natural environment, into a civilization that creates greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and development.”

Living Building Challenge Certified: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Living Building Challenge Certified: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

The Living Building Challenge is currently the most stringent and advanced measure of sustainability, providing a comprehensive set of green practices for building designers, developers and owners.

From avoiding ecologically harmful materials to demonstrating a full year of net-zero energy use, the Living Building Challenge is a tough but inspiring call to action. “A tall order to be sure,” states the organization, but one that has already been met by several projects—and continues to be pursued by many more. Continue reading

Oregon Comes in Second in Green Leadership

Oregon Shows Competitive Edge in Green Energy Industry

Oregon Clean Energy Leadership

Oregon's Clean Energy Leadership

According to a recent report by clean technology research firm Clean Edge, Oregon ranks second in clean energy leadership — trailing only behind California. Factors that went into the rankings included the availability of clean, cheap electricity, transportation, financial capital, a skilled workforce and favorable public policies and incentives.

With incredibly cheap energy, an expert high-tech manufacturing workforce, state and local government commitments to clean energy development and a forward-thinking, sustainability minded culture, perhaps Oregon’s position on the list comes as no surprise. Continue reading