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 ( 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:

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:

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 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.