The Oregon Sustainability Center
Two years ago, Oregon Environmental Council and Earth Advantage set out a vision to build the nation’s first large scale living building in Oregon.
In 2007, Oregon Environmental Council and Earth Advantage set out a vision to build the nation’s first large scale living building in Oregon. Presented as a challenge by the Cascadia Green Building Council, a ‘living building’ means a building that uses net-zero energy and water, and even gives back energy and water to the system, and avoids the use of toxic materials.
Over the years, the project evolved into the Oregon Sustainability Center, a partnership with the Oregon University System, the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission and Portland Community College.
The Oregon Sustainability Center was designed to help Oregon remain on the cutting edge of sustainability and influence future innovations in building science and research nationally and globally.
Currently, the Oregon Sustainability Center is on hold due to uncertainties surrounding the project's funding. OEC remains committed to the vision of the Oregon Sustainability Center and establishing Oregon as a world-wide leader for sustainability, innovation and green buildings. For more information on the originally proposed project, please visit the Oregon Sustainability Center's web site.