Interface Engineering is a multidisciplinary firm focused on sustainable building sciences for energy and water efficiency. Offering mechanical, electrical and plumbing consulting, they advocate sustainable business practices in their project work as well as in their internal culture. As a leader in demand reduction, Interface educates staff and tenants of their buildings about the benefits of conservation and how each individual’s behavior impacts building energy and water use.
Interface designed building systems for several LEED Platinum Certified projects including the OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building, Park Avenue West Tower, and the Hood River Middle School Music & Science Building, which is also the first net-zero certified public-school facility in the nation.
With an official green operation team established in March 2012, Interface Engineering has met many significant sustainability goals and continues to surpass these benchmarks.
- Comprehensive recycling, composting, and waste reduction program: Reduction numbers are posted weekly and monthly. The green team frequently trains staff on ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle to decrease overall consumption and minimize overall landfill ratios.
- Sustainable catering practices: Reusable utensils and dishes and eco-laundered linen napkins replace disposable options. Free full-service beverage station is available to employees/guests, minimizing bottled water/sodas & aluminum cans. Staff have been provided with reusable hot/cold beverage containers to avoid single use cup consumption.
- Waterfront Trash pick-ups and an annual Earth Day Walk/Run/Bike are organized by The Green Team.
- Company bike available for employee use (offsite meetings or leisure) and building e-bikes available for use.
- Employees who carpool, bike, or walk to work receive monthly monetary compensation.
- Interface subsidizes 60% of employees’ TriMet passes.
- Paper products are all 30% post-consumer recycled content or higher. Binders and marketing materials are generated on 100% recycled materials.
- Office coffee is 100% free trade, sustainably grown, and organic. All cleaning products are green certified.
- Sustainable Living/Green Committee Site: Located on Interface’s intranet, this site is updated regularly to include waste recovery data, local sustainability events, ride sharing programs, and sustainability policies and procedures. The site conveys sustainable educational information to employees and continues to grow the green culture.
- Energy reduction measures include occupancy sensors, ENERGY STAR® appliances, and 50%+ of office energy is purchased from renewable sources.
- Low-flow restroom and kitchen faucets and dual-flush toilets significantly reduce office water consumption.
- Community outreach and employee well-being is encouraged by management and practiced team members. This includes participation in The Bike More Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Oregon Food Bank, Eco-Challenge, Hood to Coast relay, Canstruction Competition, other local events as they become available, and regular donations by staff to local and national charities.
Interface Green Team Hydroflasks and staff volunteering at waterfront trash pickups:
100 SW Main St Ste 1600 Portland, OR 97204