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Oregon Companies Act On Climate

Oregon Climate DeclarationIn 2014, Ceres teamed up with Northwest Business Climate Action to release the Oregon Business Climate Declaration. The Oregon Business Climate Declaration's preamble states:

There is a clear and present need for action on climateto protect our region’s natural assets, its vibrant communities and its growing economy. We business leaders of the Pacific Northwest endorse the Climate Declaration because we support using energy efficiently, investing in cleaner fuels, advancing renewable energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Starting today, right here, the Pacific Northwest can lead the way. We can create a healthy climate and a strong, more resilient economy, by fostering innovation, advancing public health, spurring economic development through job creation and speeding technological advancement throughout our region.”

Since the original release of the Oregon Business Climate Declaration – signed by 70 companies last July including Nike, Waste Management, the Portland Trailblazers, eBay, Moda Health and more – 330 new businesses from Astoria to Hood River, Coos Bay to Bend and Portland to Ashland have signed. Companies in 61 Oregon cities and towns are represented in the new list.

“We have an opportunity to build Oregon’s competitive advantage by leading in clean technologies and saving through efficiency,” said Robert Gootee, president and CEO of Moda Health. “We already have some of the best and brightest minds designing green buildings, developing smart urban planning, advancing clean fuels, practicing sustainable agriculture and so much more. Many of these are exportable goods and services that give our region an economic advantage – and set the standard for social responsibility.”

Business leaders from the signatory companies encourage other businesses to join them and sign the Oregon Business Climate Declaration by going to:

Climate Change Leadership from the Signatories of the Oregon Business Climate Declaration

Adidas: A global sportswear manufacturer with its U.S. headquarters in Portland, Adidas has a demonstrated track record of leadership in climate-conscious business practice.

  • Since 2007, Adidas has recorded and publicly disclosed its carbon emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
  • Adidas has demonstrated impressive leadership in identifying opportunities for carbon management along its entire supply chain. By performing annual audits of suppliers’ environmental practices, it has made environmental efficiency an important workplace standard in its evaluation of current and prospective suppliers.
  • In 2010, Adidas committed to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2015.

A to Z Wineworks / REX HILL: As Oregon’s largest winery, A to Z works to model best environmental, social and business practices as demonstrated by their B Corp and LIVE winery certifications.

  • Still fast growing, A to Z has a Sustainability Plan for annual improvement, from drastically reducing water consumption on a per case basis to insulating tanks and buildings beyond code requirements to replanting vineyard areas with trees and native shrubs.
  • A Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) is conducted each year including stationary, mobile and fugitive gases, and purchased electricity. OSU students conducted a Renewable Energy Assessment in 2013 and each year a member of A to Z's staff attends continued sustainability training and education programs.
  • All of A to Z’s owned and long-leased vineyards are farmed following Biodynamic or organic principles.  A to Z focuses on reducing fuel consumption using B20 Biodiesel at all of their vineyard sites and purchasing a two-row sprayer reducing fuel use by 40% (spraying in organic vineyards normally accounts for ~50% of fuel consumption).  They compost grape waste and return it to the fields.

Broadway Cab: One of Portland’s largest taxi service operators, Broadway Cab has provided taxi service in the Portland Metro area since 1930.

  • In recent years, Broadway Cab has taken steps to replace its entire fleet with hybrid vehicles.
  • In 2007, Broadway Cab relocated its headquarters to a newly-built building, designed to be extremely energy-efficient and solar-ready.

Capital Pacific Bank: The recipient of numerous awards for their eco-friendly business practices (including the prestigious B-Corp certification), Capital Pacific has championed energy efficiency and waste reduction practices. Through its tenacity in identifying sustainable practices, Capital Pacific has pioneered a holistic approach to corporate environmental policy.

  • Nearly half of all Capital Pacific employees take public transit to work, thanks in part to its 100% reimbursement policy for Tri-Met and C-Tran transit passes.
  • By switching to lower-energy computers, Capital Pacific has reduced its desktop computing power consumption by 90%.
  • By building a comprehensive electronic banking site, Capital Pacific has worked hard to reduce the amount of paper sent to customers—that said, the paper that is used is sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Deschutes Brewery: One of Oregon’s largest craft breweries, Deschutes Brewery operates by a strict commitment to environmental stewardship and responsibility.

  • Deschutes Brewery paratnered with Oregon State University to become the first craft brewery to operate by Global Reporting Initiative sustainability standards, making their carbon footprint better-monitored and publicly available.
  • 100% of the electricity used at the Deschutes Brewery is either renewable or offset through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky energy program.
  • In 2012, Deschutes Brewery conducted a plant-wide energy audit, also in cooperation with Oregon State University. The audit’s report led Deschutes to install new energy-efficient lighting throughout their entire facility.

Gerding Edlen: One of Portland’s largest real-estate developers, Gerding Edlen has led dozens of urban development projects that have put sustainable building philosophy into large-scale practice, with a focus on low-carbon, energy-efficient technology.

  • Gerding Edlen has led over sixty LEED certified projects, including forty-five LEED Gold and thirteen LEED Platinum developments.
  • The Gerding Edlen rebuild of the Gerding Armory Theater in Portland achieved national recognition for the first LEED Platinum performing arts center as well as the first LEED Platinum building to be placed on the National Register of History Places.

Jones, Lang, LaSalle: With 2.6 billion square feet of commercial real estate under its management, JLL is one of the largest commercial real-estate firms worldwide.

  • JLL is currently pursuing a target to reduce its buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions per employee by 10% from 2012 to 2017.
  • JLL completes comprehensive sustainability audits of its global properties and also participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project, making its greenhouse gas emissions data publicly available.
  • By installing video and web conferencing facilities in its offices, JLL has greatly reduced travel requirements of its global workforce.

Iberdrola: Headquartered in Spain, Iberdrola is one of the world’s largest energy producers, employing over 30,000 people across the globe. While it has investments in fossil-fuel based energy technology, it has also established itself as a global leader in renewable energy innovation, making sustainability a fundamental principle in its primary operations.

  • Iberdrola has the world’s largest installed wind generation capacity, generating over 30,000 GWh annually from wind farms located mostly in Spain and the U.S.
  • Excluding hydropower generation, renewable energy sources account for one-third of Iberdrola’s installed capacity worldwide; including hydropower, Iberdrola’s installed global capacity is fifty-percent renewable.
  • Iberdrola invests over one-billion Euros annually in environmental mitigation, conservation, and impact mediation efforts.

Intel: For decades, engineers at the computing giant Intel have led the effort to design low-energy computing systems and efficient technology from microchips to municipal energy grid software. Along the way, they’ve also done their part to lead by example, integrating sustainability into their entire business model.

  • Intel’s dedicated climate change policies allowed it to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by over 60% from 2007 to 2012.
  • Beginning in 2013, Intel’s purchasing of renewable energy credits offset an estimated 100% of U.S. electricity consumption.
  • Intel joined the Carbon Disclosure Project over a decade ago, and has been publicly releasing its emissions data ever since.

Moda Health: A regional health company headquartered in Portland, OR, with offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, Moda long has been recognized as a leader in innovative business practices.

  • In 2009, Moda developed Central Oregon’s first LEED Gold certified building.
  • All of Moda’s major facilities are strategically located directly on public transit lines, making sustainable commuting simpler and more convenient for its 1,500 employees.
  • In order to reduce the need for interstate travel, Moda promotes web-conferencing in its meeting rooms in all states.

Mount Hood Meadows: The largest ski resort on Oregon’s tallest mountain, Mount Hood Meadows has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through wide-ranging efforts aimed at reducing energy use and conserving resources.

  • Mount Hood Meadows sources 100% of its electricity from wind power provided by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
  • By installing water-efficient appliances across all their facilities, Mount Hood Meadows saves a minimum of 285,000 gallons of water every year.
  • Two recently-built buildings—the Mountain Medical Clinic and the Mid-Mountain Ski Patrol HQ—were certified LEED Gold and Silver, respectively. Both buildings are heated using geothermal energy and were constructed using earth berming on the lower levels to increase their insulating capacities.

Neil Kelly Company: A 67 year old, family owned, design build remodeling firm headquartered in Portland with offices in Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle.  Divisions include residential and commercial remodeling, custom new homes, handyman services, home performance / energy efficiency and solar installations.

  • 1st LEED Certified office building in the west (our Lake Oswego office and design center)
  • 1st LEED Certified custom new home in the west
  • Energy audits performed in over 2,000 northwest homes
  • As a result of energy efficiency measures taken, Neil Kelly’s Home Performance Division has helped homeowners reduce the amount of carbon they’re putting into the atmosphere by 2,350,500 lbs. each year
  • Neil Kelly began installing solar photovoltaic systems in May of 2013.  Since that time 55 systems have been installed for a total of 318.49kw of power.  (Neil Kelly installed passive solar in the late 1970s; one of the first contractors in the northwest to do so)
  • The company provides financial incentives to employees who drive electric, hybrid, or high fuel efficiency vehicles, and has installed electric vehicle charging stations in two of its buildings.

Ninkasi Brewing Company: Distributed throughout seven Western states (and British Columbia, Canada), Ninkasi Brewing Company has seen enormous success since its founding in 2006. It has also fully integrated sustainability into its brewing practices, with an emphasis on environmental responsibility along the entire supply chain.

  • With its fourth facilities expansion currently underway, Ninkasi is on-track to have all of its three buildings LEED certified by the end of 2014.
  • Ninkasi recently installed a 45kW on-site solar array, further reducing the carbon footprint of their beer.
  • By implementing an integrated supply chain that is localized to the Pacific Northwest—including locally-grown hops, 60% post-consumer waste glass from Portland, and a label printer three miles from the brewery headquarters—Ninkasi has minimized the carbon emissions that would otherwise result from long-distance sourcing of supply-side inputs.

The Portland Timbers: Portland’s own Major League Soccer team has worked hard to make sustainability a priority for both its players and its fans.

  • When Jeld-Wen Field (now Providence Park) opened in 2011, it received a LEED Silver certification.
  • The Portland Timbers have partnered extensively with Tri-Met to encourage fans to take bus or light rail to Timbers games; Providence Park also features extensive bicycle parking facilities.
  • By offering local food and drinks at matches, the Timbers greatly reduce game-day food miles while also supporting local and sustainable agriculture.

The Portland Trail Blazers: Portland’s iconic NBA basketball team has pioneered sustainability among major U.S. sports teams.

  • The Blazers’ home stadium, the Portland Moda Center, recently became the first major league sports facility to earn LEED Gold certification.
  • The Moda Center is powered by 100% renewable energy in partnership with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Renewable Energy Program.
  • By subsidizing transit passes for staff and installing bike- and electric vehicle-friendly on-site infrastructure, the Blazers further reduce the carbon footprint associated with their day-to-day operations.

SERA Architects: The Portland-based design firm has built some of Portland’s iconic “green” buildings over the past several decades, helping to create the city’s gold-standard reputation for environmentally responsible design.

  • An in-house environmental consultation team, known as the “Sustainability Resources Group”, advises the work of the entire firm on ecologically-sound building practices and innovative sustainable design.
  • SERA also produces urban design proposals aimed at creating livable, low-carbon communities, an approach the firm calls “sustainable urbanism.”
  • Additionally SERA publishes reports on sustainable building and urban development that advise other firms and public officials on responsible building practices.

Skanska: The Sweden-based, multinational construction firm has an impressive environmental momentum that keeps it at the vanguard of green building practices.

  • In their Green Urban Development Report, published in 2010, Skanska called upon local lawmakers around the world to bring an ethos of competition to new leadership in environmental building regulations, proposing a “green arms race” of pro-environment regulation.
  • By relying heavily on life cycle energy and cost assessments, Skanska is working to shift the dominant paradigm of construction analysis, advocating a much longer-term perspective on planning and energy use profiles.
  • Skanska has taken on leadership roles in the European and U.S. Green Building Councils where it advocates for higher standards for environmentally-responsible building practices.

Sokol Blosser Winery: Sokol Blosser’s commitment to sustainability is made obvious by the enormous scope of their environmentally-aware policies. On climate issues in particular, the Winery demonstrates initiative-taking that is both innovative and practical.

  • 100% of Sokol Blosser’s electricity consumption comes from wind power supplied by PGE.
  • A 25kW on-site solar array provides 20% of the vineyard’s electrical energy needs.
  • Sokol Blosser dramatically reduces its reliance on fossil fuels by using 50% biodiesel in vineyard tractors and trucks.
  • For the last six years Sokol Blosser has worked through the Carbon Reduction Challenge to monitor and track annual carbon emissions.

Staples: The office supply chain store has pioneered scaled-up sustainable business practices, with particular focus on renewable energy sources.

  • Staples has set a goal to reduce total carbon emissions by 75% from 2010 to 2020.
  • According to the E.P.A., Staples ranks 7th among all Fortune 500 companies for total annual renewable energy consumption.
  • Beginning in 2013, Staples sourced 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

Vestas: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is central to the work of Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer. With a corporate vision rooted in creating a low-carbon world, Vestas’ work pioneering economically- and carbon-efficient energy technology continues to open avenues for a sustainable future.

  • Vestas has installed over 51,000 wind turbines across 73 countries.
  • Engineers at Vestas are pursuing a goal for turbines to emit only 6 grams of CO2 per kWh generated over an installation’s lifetime.
  • Vestas’ extensive research and development programs continue to pioneer new wind technologies such as off-shore wind developments and more efficient turbines.

Whole Foods: As the largest retailer of natural and organic foods in the United States, Whole Foods has demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship that goes beyond sustainable agriculture.

  • Beginning in 2006, Whole Foods offset 100% of their electricity usage through the purchase of wind farm renewable energy credits.
  • In April 2010, Whole Foods announced a target energy use reduction of 25% per square foot of its stores by the year 2015.
  • Whole Foods has also participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2008 in an effort to monitor and track their greenhouse gas emissions.

Willamette Valley Vineyards: Oregon’s leading producer of Pinot noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards’ sustainability model demonstrates the feasibility of low-impact winemaking at scale.

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards recently built two LEED-certified buildings, featuring rooftop solar panels to reduce external energy demands.
  • A founding member of the Low-Input Viticulture and Enology certification program, Willamette Valley Vineyards took an early leadership role in encouraging the wine industry to pioneer sustainable agriculture practices.
  • By using biodiesel in their delivery vehicles and vineyard equipment, Willamette Valley Vineyards has dramatically decreased its fossil fuel consumption.
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