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Sustainability at Work

Providing free tools and expertise to achieve your goals

Phone: 503-823-7037

Email: sustainabilityatwork@portlandoregon.gov

Research Into Action, Inc.

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Research Into Action specializes in evaluation research and market assessment in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural resource management. Their clients are utilities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Oregon Business magazine named them one of the top 10 “Greenest Companies to Work For” and one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City recognized them as one of the “Inner City 100” – the fastest-growing firms in America’s inner cities.

Achievements

Gold Certification

  • Primary tenant in the Heritage Building, the first office building in Portland to earn a LEED Gold rating.
  • Their offices adhere to the building’s LEED design specifications and the City of Portland’s Green Tenant Improvement Guide.
  • As a result of the office’s energy features and occupants’ use patterns, and as determined by the New Buildings Institute, they use just 3.4 kWh/square foot/month – about 71% less than code requires.
  • Their Green Team guides sustainability efforts and conducts frequent staff trainings about new resource-conservation opportunities and practices.
  • Their Green Team participates in a building-wide Green Team through which all building tenants have significantly expanded resource conservation efforts.
  • Sustainable purchasing policy focuses on products that support local manufacturers, contain used/repurposed or recycled content, are durable and recyclable, produce less waste, and have minimal packaging.
  • 100% of recyclable paper, food, plastic, metal are recycled through the City’s recycling system, and additional materials such as cork, Styrofoam, Tyvek, batteries, electronics, printer cartridges, and light bulbs are taken to recycling depots.
  • Staff are encouraged to bring extra recyclable materials they can’t put in their home curbside containers to the office.
  • Staff receive incentives for walking, biking, carpooling, and taking mass transit to work, as well as for purchasing cars that are rated more than “50” by greenercars.org.
  • Employees may receive free membership in car-sharing programs.
  • 100% of work-related carbon emissions are offset through carbon offset and renewable energy credits from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF).

  • Support BEF’s program to restore water to critically de-watered streams.
  • Purchase seasonal greens for staff lunch meetings from a neighborhood community garden.
  • Use washable cloth coffee/tea filters, instead of paper.
  • For the 2012 Eco-Challenge, they measured and monitored their waste stream, then implemented measures that increased the volume and weight of materials they compost or recycle by 75% and reduced our “trash” by the same amount.

RIA staff

RIA building

Location

3934 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
503-287-9136
http://www.researchintoaction.com