What do we mean when we call our building “green"?

A decade ago, when we renovated a 100-year-old warehouse, our priorities were both to honor and share its deep history and to utilize the best environmental building technologies and materials.

The Natural Capital Center is our way of making real our commitment to building on our past to create a future that is more reliably prosperous for people and nature. Now that this place exists, we uphold that commitment through our daily choices. The green event and building practices at Ecotrust help your event stay green too. Contact our events team to learn more

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Construction

We’re the first historic renovation in the nation to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified. We are PGE Earth Advantage Certified (now known as Earth Advantage). During renovation, if we couldn’t reclaim wood from the existing structure or a nearby deconstruction, we sourced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood.

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Waste

We are a RecycleWorks Award Recipient. We have a compost bin and comprehensive recycling containers.

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Water

We manage 98% of our building’s storm water on site through our bioswales and an ecoroof. This means it stays out of the Willamette River, where it doesn’t belong. This greenery also helps regulate our building’s temperature, meaning we use less energy for heating and cooling. Additionally, we are the first privately owned building in Oregon to install waterless urinals.

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Energy

We have taken several steps to reduce our energy use. For instance, we’ve banned plastic water bottles in our event facility. We make it easy to reach us using alternate forms of transportation. Not only do we provide ample bike parking, but we are also a stop on the Portland Streetcar line. We use self-adjusting lighting sensors, solar panels, and increased access to natural light sources.