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A call for designs that provide Portland a more equitable future

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Published in the DJC Oregon: Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

The notion of equity in design can have many different meanings.

For instance, the U.S. Green Building Council in 2013 introduced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design social equity pilot credits. They address equity within the project team, equity in the community around a project and equity within the project supply chain. However … “When folks questioned us about the human impact we found it was missing the people side of the framework,” said Kimberly Lewis, U.S. Green Building Council senior vice president for market transformation and development.

Six years later, the LEED social equity credits remain a work in progress. But Lewis believes the design community can do more to move the needle. “We struggle with amplifying the message,” she told attendees at a panel discussion Tuesday at the Center for Architecture in Portland. “Our heart and our mission are as powerful as we want, and it’s a great social justice message. But to the people on the street all things are local, and engaging vulnerable communities is not easy. Trust takes time, and we have a responsibility to shift the conversation. It’s us – even here.”

The discussion was part of Portland’s second annual Sustainable Building Week, a weeklong event dedicated to sustainable design and construction.

Read more at: https://djcoregon.com/news/2019/10/17/call-designs-provide-portland-equitable-future/

‘Grassroots’ building industry conference on tap

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Published in the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce‘Grassroots’ building industry conference on tap

Sustainable Building Week was born of recognition that some of the Portland-area building industry organizations had overlapping and in some cases redundant events.

Organizers reasoned: Why not bring them together under one umbrella? So they did.

Next week the conference returns for a second year, bringing together architects, engineers, product manufacturers, builders, subcontractors, developers and others for a series of green-building talks and events.

The conference organizers hope to encourage cross-pollination. For example, landscape architects are welcome to join American Institute of Architects events.

“You’re just kind of breaking down the silos between the professions a little bit more,” said Terry Campbell, co-founder of Sustainable Building Week and one of five volunteers who run it. “This is very much a business professionals’ series of events.”

Most events are open to the general public, although the topics are geared toward building-industry professionals and aspiring professionals. Some of the events are free, while others require a modest fee or donation.

Last year, the inaugural Sustainable Building Week attracted 700 to 800 people to 23 events. This year’s iteration will have about 30 events.

Read more at: https://djcoregon.com/news/2019/10/10/grassroots-building-industry-conference-tap/

Sustainable Building Week: reviving Portland’s lost momentum?

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Published in Portland Architecture: Sustainable Building Week: reviving Portland’s lost momentum?

There was a time 10-15 years ago in the early 2000s when the city seemed to be continually registering firsts when it came to green buildings, especially the LEED rating system. We saw some of the first LEED-rated office buildings, the first historic building on the National Register to earn a Platinum LEED rating, and the first medical building to earn that distinction. And these pioneering efforts seemed to follow on the heels of similarly lead-taking efforts in the realm of urban planning.

It’s not to say no innovation is happening today, for in particular Portland seems to be modestly ahead of the national curve when it comes to mass-timber-framed buildings, which are inherently greener than any steel or concrete-framed structure. We’ve continued to explore eco-districts as well, and to look at not just net-zero energy usage in our homes and workplaces but net-zero carbon.

Read more at: https://chatterbox.typepad.com/portlandarchitecture/

Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

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Published in the The Skanner: Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

Join members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. at Portland’s first and only “green building” owned and operated by African-American women–the June Key Delta Community Center– for a community conversation about how the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund and other resources are being developed to create equitable access to the clean energy future.

Learn about the history of the June Key Delta Community Center and the importance of sustainability to one group of African-American women. Attendees and panelists will discuss how people of color can constructively challenge and influence how decisions are made, access clean energy funds, and work together to construct more green buildings in traditionally marginalized community.

Read more at: https://www.theskanner.com/news/newsbriefs/29203-black-women-help-kick-off-sustainable-building-week

SBW 2019 Schedule is Live!

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We are so proud of the Portland sustainability community for collaborating to develop a week of brilliant events that will inspire, educate, and provide networking opportunities. Currently we have 26 events on our calendar ranging from tours, panels, happy hours, and even yoga, hiking, and running (!!). More events are being planned so stay tuned to our website! If you’re looking for a physical postcard of events, visit the Center for Architecture or hit up one of the executive committee members (and ask them for a button!)

Sustainable Northwest Wood Reflects on the First Ever SBW!

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Sustainable Building Week – Wow what a week!  It’s been a week and a half since the first annual Sustainable Building Week (SBW) ended and I think I am finally rested up.  The three goals of Sustainable Building Week were to empower design and building professionals to learn, connect and collaborate.  I can say from first hand experience that all three of these goals were met for me.  The week of 21 events was the result of a collaboration between eleven non-profit professional organizations and three local universities.  Events during the week covered the gamut from A Walk in the Woods to an Innovation Bazaar to AIA’s Green Champions to a set of presentations from small firms called “Small but Mighty.” Continue reading here… 
By Terry Campbell

 

Forest Bathing in Forest Park….
One of my favorite events of this first annual Sustainable Building Week was the Happy Hour Hike with The Build Local Alliance. Led by Forest Conservationist Michael Ahr and BLA co-founder and forest owner Peter Hayes of Hyla Woods,  this educational stroll through Forest Park, got us out out of the office and into nature on a rare sunny October day in Portland…  Continue reading
By Lynn Morgan

Hot Off the Presses! Check Out Our New Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTLAND WELCOMES ITS FIRST EVER SUSTAINABLE BUILDING WEEK

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October 8, 2018 — Kicks off the first annual Sustainable Building Week (SBW) an event-filled week from a cross section of Portland’s design professional organizations. The week will bring the best and brightest building professional organizations together to educate, connect and foster opportunities for future collaboration to Keep Portland Green.

With 14 planned educational events plus partner open houses and happy hours, SBW will increase the profile of sustainable building issues through outreach, advocacy and education. A collaborative group of volunteer professional organizations and academic institutions has come together to provide a truly compelling program.

Attendees have the flexibility to choose which activities fit their interests and schedule then sign up for each organizations’ event – there’s no commitment to attend all events. For more information on the upcoming events please visit: sustainablebuildingweek.org

Why does this event exist?
We aim to Keep Portland Green. Over the years we’ve watched our beautiful city fall from a leadership position in the green building industry. We plan to change that and remind the local industry that we must reclaim the throne and show the world what sustainability really is

Partners:
Thank you to our top partners, it is with their generous support we are able to bring you this event.

Contact us!
If you’re interested in learning more, sign-up for our mailing list. To contact us please email info@sustainablebuildingweek.org.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

October 8, 2018
Green Champion’s Summit
American Institute of Architects Portland Committee on the Environment
The GCS will highlight ways to reduce the environmental footprint of a building through lifecycle analysis from design, construction, and operations.

Open Houses
Open houses from Portland’s design and construction firms.

October 9, 2018
Passive Buildings Tour
Passive House NW
Come tour three new passive buildings to see the latest in low-energy load assemblies and systems.

Portland’s New Ecoroof Requirement: New Design and Maintenance Strategies
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Oregon Chapter
Presenters will discuss ecoroofs in detail beginning with a look at some of Portland’s first ecoroofs and concluding with a discussion on innovative ecoroof strategies.

Open Houses
Open houses from Portland’s design and construction firms.

October 10, 2018
2018 GoGreen Portland Conference
GoGreen
The largest regional conference for business and government decision-makers to come together for one day to learn from recognized community leaders to advance sustainability best practices in their own organizations.

Inefficiency is Old School: Understanding the Process of Achieving Sustainable Schools
Portland Green Schools Committee
A Brunch and Learn panel where experts from the field of sustainable school design will discuss the no cost and low-cost options for improving the school built environment.

Beyond the Building: Advocacy & Sustainability
International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Portland Collaborative
Learn specific tools to make sure you stay connected, know how and when to speak up and empower you to be active in our open democratic society.

Happy Hour Hike
Build Local Alliance
You’ve hiked our local dense forests plenty, and want to know more about the trees around you – how these trees grow and interact in the forest. Join the BLA for a guided walk in Forest Park followed by happy hour drinks.

Design for the Unseen: Educating Designers to Consider the Micro and Macro for Sustainability
University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, Portland State University, and Art Institute of Portland
The University of Oregon, College of Design, Department of Architecture and Institute for Health in the Built Environment will present innovative student and faculty research advancing sustainability with an ensuing panel discussion on academia’s role in advancing sustainability.

Open Houses
Open houses from Portland’s design and construction firms.

October 11, 2018
Materials Matter
Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative
A dive into the science behind materials and human health to understand how material substances reach people and lead to health consequences.

Zoo Education Center Tour and Biomimicry Exploration
Portland Green Schools Committee, AIA COTE, and Biomimicry Oregon
Tour the complex of buildings that were designed for net-zero annual energy use, with passive ventilation cooling strategies, ample daylighting, and aggressive energy efficiency targets.

Street Seats UNITE Panel Discussion: Reimagine the Urban Experience
Design Museum of Portland
Industry experts discuss what it means to activate the visibility and livability of an urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious.

Open Houses
Open houses from Portland’s design and construction firms.

October 12, 2018
Oregon’s Women in Green
US Green Building Council – Oregon
Women in Green celebrates female leaders in sustainability who are at the top of their field, fueling ambitious young women and catalyzing change.

Green Building Slam
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
This final, wrap-up celebration for Portland’s Sustainable Building Week features ten innovative and remarkable projects in ten slides, ten minutes each.

Open Houses
Open houses from Portland’s design and construction firms.

October 13, 2018
Potential building tours from Portland’s sustainable businesses.

Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities Self-Guided Tour (on-going)
Design Museum of Portland
Street Seats is an outdoor public exhibition that celebrates local and international design, urban innovation, and sustainability. Designers from 6 continents, 24 countries, and 22 U.S.

Planning Under Way for First Sustainable Building Week

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Published in the Oregon Daily Journal of CommercePlanning under way for first Sustainable Building Week

Prior to the Great Recession, Portland was the “shining hill that everyone wanted to be” when it comes to sustainability and green building, according to New Buildings Institute project manager and architect Webly Bowles. But that has changed, she said.

“People were coming here to see how we were doing things,” she said. “And now we’re just falling back into the status quo. So we want to inspire our design community to get back to that.”

The inaugural Sustainable Building Week, planned for this fall, was born out of organizers’ desire to restore Portland’s reputation as a green industry leader. And with construction booming here and the rest of the country, Bowles said, the need to further emphasize sustainability became even clearer. So she and like-minded Portland design professionals put their heads together and came up with a series of educational events.

Starting Oct. 8, panel discussions, lectures, building tours, design slams (challenges), open houses and more will take place in Portland – all in the name of promoting green building practices in the local market. These events will be hosted by a wide range of design professionals and professional organizations, including the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the U.S. Green Building Council, the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Portland Committee on the Environment, the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Portland State University and many others.

Read more at: http://djcoregon.com/news/2018/08/10/planning-under-way-for-first-sustainable-building-week/

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Portland Welcomes it’s First Ever Sustainable Building Week

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October 8, 2018 — Kicks off the first annual Sustainable Building Week (SBW) an event-filled week from a cross section of Portland’s design professional organizations. The week will bring the best and brightest building professional organizations together to educate, connect and foster opportunities for future collaboration to Keep Portland Green. Whether its combating climate change, protecting our natural resources or investigating the increasing number of dangerous chemicals in our indoor spaces, the multitude of issues that need to be addressed require more attention by all of us.

Sustainable Building Week (www.sustainablebuildingweek.org) will increase the profile of these issues and more through a variety of events. A collaborative group of volunteer professional organizations and academic institutions has come together to provide a truly compelling program.

• Educational events
• Panels
• Lectures
• Building tours
• Design slams
• Open houses
• Community volunteer events

Events will bring together academic institutions, businesses, government agencies and volunteer professional organizations. Events will provide the opportunity to learn about new trends in sustainable building design and use, connect with fellow professionals and build a coalition of practitioners that can strive for continual improvement in our built and natural environments. For more information on the upcoming events please visit: sustainablebuildingweek.org/events

Why does this event exist?

We aim to Keep Portland Green. Over the years we’ve watched our beautiful city fall from a leadership position in the green building industry. Now we’ve become a middle of the pack green city with unexpected conservative cities surpassing us (good for them!) We plan to change that and remind the local industry that we must reclaim the throne and show the world what sustainability really is!

Who is involved?

A variety of existing Portland professional organizations and institutions who are passionate about sustainability are collaborating to make this week a success.

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Portland Committee on the Environment (COTE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Oregon Chapter
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Oregon Chapter
  • The Art Institute of Portland
  • Build Local Alliance
  • Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) Oregon Chapter
  • International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
  • Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
  • Passive House NW (PHnw)
  • Portland Green Schools Committee
  • Portland Material Transparency Collaborative
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon’s Health in the Built Environment
  • US Green Building Council – Oregon

How can you get involved?

Odds are your organization or one you are connected with has been valuable to building a more sustainable Portland and we would like you to consider a partnership with Sustainable Building Week to “Keep Portland Green!” We have three tiers of partnership that will ensure this week is successful. For more information on sponsorship please visit: sustainablebuildingweek.com/support/

We are busy coordinating with multiple organizations across Portland to create a week of sustainable building events for Portland’s design and construction professionals. Events already planned range from building tours, educational sessions, interactive design events, happy hours, and open houses, just to name a few.

Contact Us!

We are still interested in promoting more events! If you are interested in hosting an event or
partnering, please contact us. If you’re interested in learning more, sign-up for our mailing list. To
contact us please email info@sustainablebuildingweek.org and in the subject line please write:

Host an event: I would like to host and event!
Partnership: SBW Partnership
Newsletter sign up: Newsletter

Sustainable Building Week is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit organization registered with the State of Oregon.