September 29, 2020 — Three years ago, Sustainable Building Week was founded as a new way for Portland’s design and building communities to convene and foster collaboration to “Keep Portland Green.” The event brings together the different worlds of architecture and design, building and construction, and community planning` allowing all participants to learn and share ideas and continue to evolve Portland’s legacy as a leader in sustainability practices.
With 2020 comes hurdles. The event has moved to a virtual format this year due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, that has also allowed the program to extend from one week to two weeks, while eliminating overlapping events. And out of a year of crisis, has come a unique opportunity to foster new conversations around sustainability tied to equity and resiliency from some of the region’s foremost thought leaders.
“While Sustainable Building Week has always focused on the latest issues and planning for the future, we are especially excited about the unique energy of our 2020 event,” said Terry Campbell, co-creator of Sustainable Building Week. “This is an opportunity to respond to major headlines facing our region right now — whether that’s social justice issues or climate change — and through cross-disciplinary education and connectivity, evolve to build greater equity and resiliency into the work we do as leaders in sustainability.”
The 3rd annual Sustainable Building Week takes place October 12-23 across various virtual platforms and includes over 25 educational presentations, panels, engaging open houses — and even an entirely virtual Zero Energy homes tour. Attendees can choose which activities fit their interests and schedules, then sign up for individual events. Admission costs are free for most topics, with fees charged for specialized training or events. The full event schedule is available on the event website at www.sustainablebuildingweek.com.
Event Highlights include:
“While sustainability practices work to support a variety of social and environmental issues, the recent wind event and forest fires in Oregon are a wake-up call that the effects of climate change are with us more than ever before,” commented Webly Bowles, co-creator of Sustainable Building Week. “Healing our planet starts locally, and at this year’s event, we’re helping to unite our local building and design community in furthering sustainable building practices, which are key to reducing our carbon impact and ensuring a healthier future for our region and our world.”
Sustainable Building Week collaborators come from a variety of disciplines and include AIA Oregon, Build Local Alliance, University of Oregon Institute for Health in the Built Environment, Oregon State University Tall Wood Design Institute, Portland Green Schools, Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative, Solar Oregon, U.S. Green Building Council, Portland Society of Plumbing Engineers, Electrify Now, Forth Mobility, ReBuilding Center, and Zero Energy Ready Oregon.
The not-for-profit event is supported this year by major sponsors, including Mahlum Architects, Hennebery Eddy Architects, Holst Architecture, BORA Architects, PAE Engineers, New Buildings Institute, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Portland General Electric, Associated Builders and Contractors Pacific Northwest, Green Hammer, Holst Architecture, Project Pivot, and Eteriors.
For more information or to register, please visit sustainablebuildingweek.com.
About Sustainable Building Week
Sustainable Building Week works to maintain Portland’s green building leadership by curating a week of events to promote cross-disciplinary education, connectivity, and collaboration in the design and construction industry. Sustainable Building Week is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization registered with the State of Oregon.