A clean sweep: Meet Oregon’s sustainable nonprofits (Photos)

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At such functions as this corporate volunteer event, River Network works on stream bank restoration to control soil erosion, protect habitat and improve water quality.

Every week or so, the Portland Business Journal's crack research director Tam Jenkins swings by to ask whether any of her outstanding lists might have any crossover into the SBO realm.

And almost always, Jenkins' list handiwork comes in, well, handy. That's because, when Tam and I talk about ways to cover her lists from the SBO vantage point, we find that sustainability principles are increasingly infiltrating older-line and mainstream businesses.

For the common good: A look at some of Oregon's sustainably minded nonprofits

It's almost to the point where, at times, these businesses no longer make a big deal about their programs.

Yet we still want to spread the word about companies that are operating the right way. That's why we thought Tam's list of nonprofits, which runs this Friday, might offer insights into successes of not-for-profit groups that serve sustainable purposes.

Tam's list runs the gamut from the Audubon Society of Portland to Friends of Trees, from the Nature Conservancy to Portland's Japanese Garden.

Click through on the picture above for a glimpse at some of Oregon's most prominent sustainability-minded nonprofits.


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