PGE goes for, and gets, the gold for World Trade Center work
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The World Trade Center's EV charging stations are just one component of the building's green-friendly touches.
Portland General Electric Co. (NYSE: POR) has helped its downtown headquarters building land a top Portland city sustainability designation.
The city’s Sustainability at Work program gave the World Trade Center, at 121 S.W. Salmon St., its “gold” ranking “for sustainable practices.” The program acknowledges actions that both promote environmental responsibility while behooving the local economy.
The city worked with PGE team members to ascertain the building’s gold status.
Among other green programs, PGE employees working at the downtown headquarters must complete training that teaches them how to make their World Trade Center home more sustainable. The building provides a gated bicycle parking corral while PGE further offers a bike-share program.
The structure also features 13 electric vehicle charging stations, nine of which are available to the public. A “Simply Reuse Center” also collects surplus office supplies from PGE facilities, then recirculates them among team members throughout the city.
The World Trade Center’s bathrooms also feature aerators on the faucets while heating and cooling economizers help use as much fresh outside air as possible.
PGE had started a sustainability committee in 2007 to pursue sustainability initiatives
“We’re working to put sustainable practices into action that result in long-term social, environmental and economic benefits for both our employees and our customers,” said Dave Robertson, PGE’s vice president for public policy, in a statement.
Portland’s Sustainability at Work program teams businesses with city advisers to create customized pro-environment and other accountability plans.
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