Introducing Portland's greenest neighborhoods (photos)

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Multnomah Village, which features the vast Gabriel Park, is one of Portland's Greenest Neighborhoods, according to an SBO index. Click through to find out where Multnomah — and 11 other Portland 'hoods — rank.

The Portland Business Journal's upcoming list on the city's "hottest" neighborhoods made us wonder: Where might we find Portland's "greenest" 'hoods?

Love thy neighbor: See if your ZIP is among the top 12 for renewable energy use

To get there, we sought as much data as we could get in the shortest period of time. Kudos to Portland General Electric and Energy Trust of Oregon for delivering sets of useful numbers — PGE sent us its 10 leading ZIP codes in terms of renewable energy purchases, by percentages, while Energy Trust provided a list of its residential solar projects by ZIP code — in just one day.

What we really wanted, and what we assumed we could get immediately, was city data on recycling and composting rates by ZIP code. It turns out the city doesn't track its efforts by ZIP codes because it contracts with 18 waste carriers that work across neighborhood and ZIP code boundaries. We also wanted the city's data on water usage by ZIP code, per capita, but couldn't procure that either. Next time, perhaps.

So what we have here, in our inaugural Greenest Neighborhoods list, are areas rated on a cumulative index that awarded points for landing within either, or both, of the PGE and Energy Trust's 10 leading ZIP codes for renewable energy usage.

Click through the gallery above to see whether your 'hood made the cut.


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