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The Nature Conservancy

[Pending re-certification]


logoThe Nature Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization that works to preserve and restore lands and waters for people by: protecting natural systems; helping businesses, governments and communities use nature more sustainably; and uniting people around the world in creating lasting change. The Nature Conservancy in Oregon has nearly 100 employees and more than 30,000 individuals who are engaged in and supportive of its work. Photos by Jen Newlin, Ken Popper and Doug Donahue.


Gold Certification

  • Installed solar panels on the south side of the building. In combination with an older rooftop array, solar power generates up to 10 percent of the building’s electricity use.
  • Organized the installation of an infiltration planter that drains half of the Portland office’s rainwater.
  • Established and maintained a recycling and composting program that has reduced their landfill contributions dramatically, eliminating their need for a full dumpster.
  • Worked with managers to prevent budget cuts from eliminating employee receipt of annual Tri-Met passes, allowing half of staff to continue to use TriMet as a cost-effective commuting option.
  • Produced climate footprint reports for FY 11 and 12, and used the information to reduce utility bills in field offices where energy was being used inefficiently.
  • Participated in two annual commuting challenges.


Outside The Nature Conservancy

Solar panels on the roof


821 SE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97214