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Regional Arts & Culture Council


logoThe Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Through vision, leadership and service the Regional Arts & Culture Council works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life, by working with partners to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region flourish and prosper. RACC provides service in five key areas: advocacy, grants, public art, community services, and arts education.


  • Formed a Green Team in the Spring of 2010 and crafted an environmental sustainability vision.
  • Formed a recycling task force to research and recommend a new recycling system for curbside and non-curbside items. Purchased new receptacles, created signage, and launched a new, and more functional recycling process.
  • Appointed a recycling point person to monitor and recycle offsite the non-curbside recycling. Also, held a recycling training for staff to prepare for the new recycling system.
  • Met with the City’s SmartTrips office to learn about alternative low- to zero-carbon commuting options and incentives. Measured and monitored ways employees commute; working on ways to encourage alternative transportation.
  • Thermostats are set to 78° F min for cooling and 68° F max for heating and programmed to run less at night and over the weekend.
  • Replaced kitchen aerators with 1.5 gallon per minute or less aerators.
  • Three major supplies have 30% or greater post-consumer recycled content.
  • Located in a LEED Gold Certified building.
  • A webpage or bulletin board provides sustainability-related information and accomplishments to staff and visitors.
  • Sustainability plan and policy informs decision making.
  • Food and food-soiled papers are composted. Education sessions available to staff.
  • Paper is printed on both sides, and paperless alternatives are used whenever possible.
  • Sustainable catering practices are used and encouraged for meetings and events.
  • Cleaning products are green certified.
  • Working to create a Sustainable Options Transportation Document; encouraging alternative transportation and incentives.
  • Bicycle repair kit and air pump is available for employees and visitors to use.
  • Organized & implemented an Eco-Challenge program that successfully engaged staff in sustainable practices at work and home.

RACC staff drumming with children

RACC staff


411 NW Park, Ste 101, Portland, OR 97209