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The City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainability at Work

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Phone: 503-823-7037




logoOtak is an international award-winning engineering, urban design, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm specializing in regional planning; public works; transit, residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments; and civic, institutional, and recreational projects. Founded in 1981, Otak draws upon the diversity of their in-house talents to find design solutions that are innovative, cost-effective, practical, and strengthen the community in which they appear.

Otak’s sustainability committee, Green Otak (GO), is comprised of senior-level representatives and provides an organizational framework for implementing actions and monitoring progress. Under the GO committee umbrella are three inter-office, inter-disciplinary focus groups—training, operations, and practice—that create goals, work plans, and budgets for each topic area and carry out projects and programs.

Gold Certification

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Color copy paper contains 100% post-consumer recycled content, paper towels contain 100% recycled material, and regular copy paper contains 30% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Paperless alternatives are used whenever possible (paystubs, invoicing, orientation materials, etc.).
  • Lunchroom is well stocked with sustainable dishware along with an ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher and refrigerator.

Employee Engagement

  • GO sustainability committee engages with TOP committees comprised of employees from all Otak offices to focus on sustainability through training, operations, and practice areas.
  • Employee feedback, comments and suggestions related to sustainability actions at work are collected through our intranet.
  • New employee orientation includes green practice materials and tour of recycling/compost locations.


  • 75% of Otak's Portland staff use alternative modes of transportation for commuting.
  • Monthly transit pass provided.
  • Indoor bike storage and access to showers and changing room.


  • Programmable thermostats automatically reduce heating and air conditioning during closed hours.
  • Occupancy sensors or timers are used for lighting in storage room, offices, restrooms and other common rooms.
  • Computers, computer monitors, printers, and copiers are set to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity.


  • Low flow aerators are used on kitchen and bathroom faucets.
  • Low flow bathroom fixtures (toilets/urinals).
  • Tap water provided (after all it is from Bull Run).

Community Engagement

  • Employees earn additional PTO through volunteering in local communities.
  • Employees serve in leadership roles in local communities.
  • Otak donates services and sponsors community organizations.


Otak PARKing day
Otak participates in EcoChallenge, BTA Bicycle Commuter Challenge, and Parking Day.

B-Line delivery to Otak 
Otak’s Portland office has all office supplies delivered via cargo trike through B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery.


808 SW 3rd Ave Ste 300, Portland, OR 97204
503-287-OTAK (6825)

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