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Really impressed by Portland (and Oregon) July 9, 2009

Filed under: General Green 2.0,Live Green 2.0,Transportation — budint @ 4:24 am

I must say that I’ve never liked a city as much as I liked Portland.  It really felt like a place that i could live, granted I wasn’t there for 6 cloudy/rainy months either.  The ethos of the city though is very much in line w/ mine.   The bike cultural, the voluntary adoption of mass transit, the sustainable building practices, the artisan like community, the hybrid cars out the ying/yang, the dual flush toilets in many of the commercial buildings, the urban growth boundary, locally sourced foods, etc. etc.

A few specific examples of what I saw:

LEED certification – There were so many buildings that were LEED certified that it made no sense to take pics of them all.  I read in this NYC report that Portland had 63 LEED certified buildings. The Ikea we went to was LEED certified, so was the REI, our hotel and even a winery we visited.

Ikea of Portland

Ikea portland

Sokol Blosser winery’s solar panels. They were also the first LEED certified winery in the nation.

sokol blosser

Locally sourced food was available/promoted at all of the restaurants (it was a foodie town). Even Burgerville, which I initially laughed at, uses sustainable locally produced food. I mean, have you ever seen a burger chain’s website with wind power, bicyclers and kayaker’s on it??

Though Burgerville was a chain, it was a local enterprise. This theme was very prevalent in Portland and they appeared to be very supportive of their independent businesses.  Another example of this is the downtown Portland food campers.  These are groups of 10 campers on a single parking lot selling really good food for a decent price. (see pic below)

food cartslastly and not least is that Portland favorite non-microbrew beer appears to be PBR.  A city after my own heart.  I never drank one though, because with over 50 microbrews in town, why drink something I can get from my local store for less than $.50/can.

pbr art

We’ll miss you Portland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 Responses to “Really impressed by Portland (and Oregon)”

  1. That was a very interesting article. I did not know that Portland had 63 LEED certified buildings. What a great example for other cities! We were just in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday doing a LEED exam prep course. It’s such a great place. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! …will definitely be visiting again.

  2. Tanya Says:

    Thank you for the green update on Portland! I will check out http://www.EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com to see which hotels, Meet the Green! Here is hoping other cities see that consumers are excited about eco-friendly places to live and visit.

  3. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Portland and wine country! Keep in touch – if you’re in Oregon again, we’d love to have you out to Sokol Blosser again soon.

    Cheers!

    Kitri McGuire
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Sokol Blosser Winery

  4. Yes, it is always good to hear from people who visit Portland and take note of all the sustainable building practices going on everwhere. As the owner of The Rainbarrelman Company, I would like to personally invite you to come and visit our outdoor rain barrel display garden next time your in town. We are located in the Concordia neighborhood just off NE. Alberta St. Also, take a look at what we are building at http://www.rainbarrelman.com, to see why this is another reason why Portland is so great! The only wood clad, steel banded rain barrels on the planet, and that company is in Portland, Oregon!


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