We're committed to operating in ways that foster a sustainable future and lead to improvements in the communities where we do business. Some of the ways we strive to reduce our impact on our environment:


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Paperless alternatives are used whenever possible (paystubs, invoicing, orientation materials, etc.).
  • Centralized printers are used. (No more than 1 per 10 employees.)
  • The majority of copier paper is used on both sides.
  • Unused and/or outdated electronic devices are donated for reuse or are properly recycled.
  • Recycling bins are clearly labeled and regularly monitored, and education is provided when needed.
  • Copier/printer paper contains at least 30% recycled content.
  • Only reusable dishware is available for day-to-day office use.
  • Caterers follow sustainable practices (reusable dishware, buffet style serving, minimal packaging, etc.).
  • Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are safely stored and properly recycled.
  • Potentially hazardous products such as paints, solvents and cleaners are safely stored and recycled properly.
  • High-efficiency electric hand dryers are used instead of paper towels in restrooms.


Employee Engagement

  • An employee or green team is supported by management in implementing sustainability efforts.
  • Employees are educated annually (at a minimum) about sustainability best practices.
  • Sustainability practices are communicated to customers (through website, signage, etc.).
  • New employees are informed about sustainability best practices - including waste reduction,
    recycling, and commuting options.
  • A sustainability plan and/or purchasing policy guides decision-making.
  • A system is in place to gather employee feedback, comments and suggestions related to sustainability
    actions at work.



  • Restroom faucet aerators have a flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute.
  • A majority of landscaping is native and drought tolerant.



  • Twenty percent or more of our employees walk, bike, carpool, or take transit as their primary commute method.
  • Alternative travel options (TriMet Trip Planner, bike parking, EV charging station, etc.) are displayed on our website for visitors.
  • Bicycle tire repair kit, air pump and a spare lock are available for employees and visitors.
  • Sheltered, secure bike parking is available for employees.



  • Computers, computer monitors, printers and copiers are set to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Maintenance checks are regularly conducted on HVAC and other energy-intensive equipment.
  • Windows are double-pane or better.
  • Doors are weather-sealed.
  • Programmable thermostats automatically reduce heating and air conditioning during closed hours.
  • Occupancy sensors/timers are used for lighting in storage room, offices, restrooms and other common rooms.
  • Emergency EXIT lights use LED bulbs.
  • Water heaters are set to 120 degrees.
  • Garage or parking lot lighting is energy efficient.


Community Engagement

  • Sponsorship, in-kind services or products are donated to community organizations.
  • A formal policy promotes contracting with women- and minority-owned businesses.


Additional Actions

  • Reuse unwanted printed documents as scrap paper
  • Choose to patronize local vendors first before outside vendors
  • Donate leftover catered food from public meetings to shelter (pre-COVID)
  • Use fair-trade bulk coffee, bulk sugar, and bulk organic cream