Portland restarts ecoroof incentives
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The city of Portland is again accepting applications for its popular ecoroof incentive program.
As of April 1, the city of Portland is again accepting applications for ecoroof incentives through a program aiming to spur ecoroof construction in the city and improve stormwater management infrastructure.
The incentive program, which pays up to $5 per square foot for new ecoroof projects inside city limits, was launched in 2008. It has so far paid out $2.1 million for 159 projects resulting in the construction of 10 acres in new planted rooftops, according to city officials. The ecoroofs act as a sponge to absorb rainwater and reduce runoff.
Industry watchers say the ecoroof industry is at a "tipping point" with costs to build the systems coming down as the plant-topped roofs become more common.
Officials estimate there are 330 ecoroofs in Portland covering close to 16 acres. The city's goal, through its "Grey to Green" initiative, is to add 43 acres of new ecoroofs by 2013.
The city accepts applications — more information is available via the Bureau of Environmental Services website — twice a year. The current window closes June 1.
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