This helpful guide lists available ENERGY STAR qualified products, as well as estimated savings, case studies and more.
Managing your computers’ power usage can save up to $50 per computer annually. This guide helps you optimize built-in power management features by changing each computer’s settings or by implementing network-wide solutions.
Cash incentives may be available from Energy Trust of Oregon for many of appliances and equipment in use at your business. View latest list of cash incentives.
Cash incentives and technical assistance may be available to improve the operation of your plant.
Energy Trust provides a wide range of cash incentives and technical assistance for businesses and facilities interested in generating renewable energy.
Local lighting company ELEEK has created a helpful guide to understanding the many available lamping options; including the cost and life of the bulb.
Learn about installing solar at your business with helpful case studies, workshops and information.
Discover renewable energy options available through your electrical utility company and Energy Trust of Oregon:
A variety of vendors offer carbon offsets that support renewable energy, forestry or emission reduction projects both locally and around the globe. Some verification entities include:
Contact us for example sustainability plans.
Sustainability at Work offers free recycling boxes to place at work stations and in common areas for collecting recyclable materials. Label your collection areas with free, full-color posters and stickers – available in six languages.
From packing peanuts to propane tanks, get sustainable solutions for unwanted materials using Metro’s recycler directory. Or call 503-234-3000
Is your garbage filled with recyclable or compostable materials? Find out with Sustainability at Work’s DIY guide (PDF).
Sustainability at Work provides a helpful guide for starting a composting program at your workplace.
Workplace recycling reduces waste, saves natural resources, prevents pollution and helps to build a stronger economy. Sustainability at Work provides a helpful guide for starting or improving your workplace recycling program.
While disposable items offer convenience, reusable items are often the better environmental choice and, over the long run, can cost less. Learn where and how to make reusables work. If one-time-use is the only option, find out more about the environmental impacts of different products.
E-Cycles is a free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors and TVs. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Or call 888-5-ECYCLE
Wondering what to do with those old paint cans, motor oil and solvents? Metro shows you what materials are hazardous and where and how to safely dispose of them.
Environmental Paper Network has compiled a toolkit – complete with sample policies and helpful guidance – to help your business make sustainable paper purchasing choices.
Sustainability at Work shows you how to identify green cleaning products and how your business can start using them.
SmartTrips provides a range of free sustainable transportation services for employers and individual commuters including:
An online ride-matching tool that matches you with people going your way for work and play.
More than 900 employer worksites in the Portland area offer transit passes as a benefit to their employees. This website helps you get started.
C-TRAN offers businesses several day and monthly pass options, as well as single-ride ticket books.
Join this friendly workplace vs. workplace competition in September that provides workshops, discounts and great prizes.
A helpful City of Portland website offering a guide to permitting for your electric vehicle (EV) charging station, a map of charging locations, and EV benefits and incentives.
Facts and sample policies from Beyond Toxics to help your business end the practice of idling.
The Portland Water Bureau offers small businesses customized technical assistance for reducing their water usage. Staff provide answers to questions, create a water-use history report, identify potential savings and provide an on-site evaluation of water using devices based on your specific needs. Or call 503-823-4527
Any business can call the City of Portland Water Hotline to request a water testing kit to for their tap water. This kit will test for lead, copper and iron. The test is mailed to the business and returned via mail with a wait time of approx 4-6 weeks for results. Call 503-823-7525 to order
Decrease your water use by installing free faucet aerators in bathrooms and kitchens. Sustainability at Work will deliver them to your business at no cost.
Utility rate payers can receive up to a 100% discount on their on-site stormwater management charges. Businesses benefit by saving money as well as promoting cleaner water, healthy watersheds and more livable communities today and for future generations. Or call 503-823-1371
Cut Through the FOG shifts costs to the sources of FOG and food waste pollution and offers technical assistance and information to help Portland food service establishments meet requirements for reducing FOG and food waste discharges. Or call 503-823-7093
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services offers a Community Watershed Stewardship grant up to $10,000 for projects that protect watershed health and educate, involve and engage community members. Or call 503-823-7917
Access the many financial and technical assistance programs available from the Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District. Help reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
An ecoroof is a light-weight, vegetated roof system that can double the life of a roof and reduce stormwater fees for Portland property owners. Of the nearly 300 ecoroofs in Portland, most are on commercial buildings. The Bureau of Environmental Services offers technical assistance and resources for property owners interested in an ecoroof.
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Stormwater Solutions Handbook is for anyone interested in managing stormwater on their property, planning or designing new construction projects or making changes to existing development.
A Green Street uses vegetation to manage stormwater runoff from the street, using it as a resource to grow plants and contribute to community livability. A Green Street project may be initiated by licensed professionals via the City of Portland’s public works permit process, or your business can request to be placed in the City’s database for possible consideration.
Businesses and community members can adopt a green street and partner with the city to provide care and maintenance.