Oregon Sustainability Center

building partnerships : advancing best practices : creating green jobs


The Oregon Sustainability Center (OSC) is the collaborative vision of a unique public/private partnership between city and state government, higher education, nonprofit organizations and the business community.

At the core of this project is a 200,000+ square foot urban, mixed-use high rise positioned to become the regional hub for Portland and Oregon’s sustainability activities.

The Center will also be the world’s first “Living Building” of its scale. Adhering to the prerequisites of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge, the Center will produce 100% of its energy on site through self-sustaining energy generation and distribution systems; its design also includes integrated water reuse (for black, grey and storm water management), net-zero energy consumption and no carbon footprint.

The OSC’s core project team includes:

A feasibility study for the project is currently underway, and scheduled for completion by June 5th, 2009. We will be tracking the progress of the study, and the building’s early design stages, on this blog.

Check back often, things change quickly around here.


One Response

  1. […] at the Gerding Edlen Development Co. offices to dream up features for the city’s proposed Sustainability Center of Excellence — a state-of-the-art high-rise that would function both as an emblem of hyper-green design, […]

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