BPS Director Susan Anderson made a special visit to PGE headquarters recently to present Sustainability at Work's Gold Certification. PGE has shown a strong commitment to sustainability practices; continually improving and taking on new initiatives, tracking sustainability related benchmarks and incorporating them into day-to-day and long-term decision making.
Sustainability at Work offers comprehensive, free assistance for any Portland organization looking to create a more sustainable workplace. Sustainability Advisors, backed by the resources of the City and its expert partners, help assess opportunities to conserve resources, improve efficiency, save money and provide a healthy and quality workspace for employees.
PGE moved from Silver certification status to Gold status rapidly and solidly exceeded the number of actions needed for Gold with 51 out of 45 necessary.
Here are a few examples of their new business practices:
- Materials Efficiency: Paper use reduction, adopting use of durable dishes.
- Energy and Water Efficiency: Energy efficiency in office equipment and building systems, efficient bathroom fixtures, on-site stormwater management.
- Transportation Efficiency: Lower carbon transportation incentives for biking, busing, carpooling, car sharing hybrid and electric fleet vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations available to employees.
This accomplishment would not have been possible without the PGE Sustainability Committee members and their partnership with PGE and World Trade Center facilities staff. Special thanks to Melissa Sircy, Lynn Demicheli and Erika Johnson for their work on the certification process.