From 1992 to 2012, Portland’s Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards recognized business leadership in environmental, economic and social sustainability. Over 150 businesses were recognized for pioneering choices that reduce waste, source from the local economy and save energy, water and money. These businesses developed policies and practices that reduced their carbon footprint, established fair hiring and labor standards, and benefited the broader community. They have been models for the next generation of sustainable businesses, and are a great example of why Portland continues to be ranked as a leading sustainable city.
The City of Portland now offers recognition of sustainable business practices through the Sustainability at Work Certification program.