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From our director, Susan Anderson: Finding inspiration at the 19th annual BEST Awards

The BEST Awards, now in its 19th year, is known as the “Oscars” for Portland’s sustainable business community. It’s your chance to network with Portland’s innovative businesses, share a delicious locally-sourced breakfast and enjoy the suspense of the award announcements. I always look forward to getting a first look at Portland’s newest green products, enterprises and business practices.  But I think the real value in attending the BEST Awards is finding inspiration from our amazing business community.

Today’s most successful companies know that natural resources are limited. They seek a competitive advantage by adjusting their operations to consume fewer resources, conserve energy in their buildings and fleet, reduce waste and buy more local goods and services.

Many companies in Portland understand that a healthy workforce is central to the success of their business and the local economy. In response, they find innovative ways to recruit and retain employees and  promote equity in their business operations. A good example is last year’s small business winner, Bamboo Sushi, which pays living-wages for workers and chooses their distribution companies based on environmental sustainability and social equity practices for employees. Past BEST Award winners know that these smart approaches help drive customer loyalty and strengthen our community.

We hope you’ll join us on April 19th to celebrate Portland’s green business stars! Ticket sales close very soon. Learn more and buy tickets online at



Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability