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Introducing Portland, Oregon's Green Design Atlas

20 June 2013


Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Green Design Atlas
Steering Committee


PORTLAND, Ore. - This week, BPS and its partners formally launched the Green Design Atlas (GDA), an online map showing an inventory of local innovative, green-certified commercial buildings in the Portland metro region, including Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties.

By providing a one-stop resource for developers and design professionals to market sustainable buildings and share data, the website will help stimulate market transformation.

The initial phase of the GDA charts Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings, with other green building certifications and search filters to follow.

The GDA provides:

  • Access to proven innovative sustainable design and site information. 
  • A free marketing resource for development teams to showcase their certified green buildings and sites. 
  • A place to share best practices with others.

Map features include:

  • An interactive map of LEED-certified building in the Portland metro region. 
  • An “Add A Project” form, making it easy for design professionals to add buildings to the GDA website. 
  • Resources and tools for climate-responsive design, targeting energy goals, Architecture 2030 and more. 
  • Answers to frequently-asked questions.

The GDA Steering Committee is a collaboration of volunteer public, private and non-profit sustainability professionals. Current and past members include the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), American Society of Landscape Architects Oregon Chapter (ASLA), City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Ecotrust, Metro and Portland Development Commission.

On Facebook: Green Design Atlas



About the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) 

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is committed to educating professionals and the public on sustainable design issues and supporting an agenda of various public and private agencies and organizations. Their belief is that design excellence can only be discussed within the context of sustainability.

About the American Society of Landscape Architects Oregon Chapter (ASLA)

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is the state organization for landscape architecture professionals in our region. With over 300 members statewide, we provide events, training, and advocacy for a range of topics that affect our profession throughout the state.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit 

About Ecotrust

Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.

About Metro

We, the people of the Portland area metropolitan service district, in order to establish an elected, visible and accountable regional government that is responsive to the citizens of the region and works cooperatively with our local governments; that undertakes, as its most important service, planning and policy making to preserve and enhance the quality of life and the environment for ourselves and future generations; and that provides regional services needed and desired by the citizens in an efficient and effective manner, do ordain this charter for the Portland area metropolitan service district, to be known as Metro.

About the Portland Development Commission (PDC)

The Portland Development Commission focuses on what matters to Portland: job creation, economic development, collaboration and good stewardship of public funds. Using urban renewal as a tool to focus public attention and resources in blighted or underused areas, PDC invests financial and human capital to serve the city and its citizens.