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Portland General Electric


logoPortland General Electric has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. Headquartered at the World Trade Center, WTC, in downtown Portland, PGE consistently leads the nation in renewable power programs, is deeply involved in serving the community, and works with state and local leaders to explore clean technology and develop new ways to power Oregon’s future.

An employee-led Sustainability Committee was started in 2007 to pursue green initiatives to make PGE a sustainable, healthy workplace. Members of this committee spearheaded the coordination and verification efforts to achieve Gold certification for the PGE WTC offices.

Gold Certification

  • PGE promotes employee participation in sustainable transportation options. WTC offers a gated bicycle parking corral. A Bike Share Program allows WTC employees to check out bikes as a sustainable, economic alternative for work-related and personal travel in the Portland area. A company program allows employees to set aside before-tax dollars to pay for public transit expenses.
  • PGE opened North America’s first public-use quick-charge station for electric vehicles in 2010, collaborating with NEC at the Two World Trade Center (WTC) garage. Today, WTC is home to 13 charging stations – nine available for public use – where PGE electric fleet vehicles and other electric vehicles can charge up.
  • The Simply Reuse Center at WTC collects surplus office supplies from PGE facilities. Other PGE locations put these gently used supplies back to work, saving the company $20,000 in 2012 and reducing landfill waste.
  • PGE collaborated with WTC management to reduce onsite water and energy use. Aerators were added to faucets and HVAC economizers were adjusted to take better advantage of fresh outside air rather than air conditioning. Incandescent and high intensity discharge lighting was replaced with efficient LED technology in sky bridges and along building perimeters, saving electricity valued at $9,000 annually.
  • PGE serves as a resource for other businesses and WTC tenants on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • New PGE employees receive computer-based training that includes sustainability best practices.
  • Volunteering in communities where employees live and work is a priority at PGE. In 2012, employees and retirees volunteered more than 51,000 hours.

PGE Bike Commute Challenge participants

PGE Prius Plug-in Hybrid and charging station


121 SW Salmon St, World Trade Center, Portland, OR 97204