100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, 2011

0611_GreenListOur third annual ranking of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon celebrates workplace excellence.

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The 100 Best Green Companies project is unique. It recognizes those companies that approach their daily work with green values and the winners were not picked by the magazine or an outside group. They were selected by nearly 19,000 employees from the 415 companies and nonprofits that took part in two anonymous surveys that were part of this year’s 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits projects. The 100 Best Companies project is our 18-year-old widely recognized leader in identifying and celebrating excellence in workplace practices in Oregon. Our 100 Best Green Companies project was launched three years ago.


In the green survey, workers ranked their satisfaction with their company’s green practices. Who better to judge whether a business is delivering on its sustainable goals than the people who live them?

These everyday workplace practices count. The planet is just a little bit better for every paperless office, every mass transit pass, every solar panel on the roof and every cup of organic office coffee.

Our best green companies are from every sector in the state: landscapers, hotels, builders, wineries, software makers and nonprofits. It doesn’t matter what an organization does, but it greatly matters how it does it. And increasingly, doing business in Oregon means doing it green.

When so much of the discussion is about what’s going wrong in the economy today, the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon prove that much is also going right.



1NRRedsideOregon City297.8Commercial real estate prop. management, construction and maintenance
23Standing Stone Brewing Co.Ashland292.67Brewery and restaurant
3NRSERA ArchitectsPortland291.8Integrated architecture, sustainability, urban/interior design and planning
411Hummingbird WholesaleEugene291.07Wholesale organic bulk foods
513Sokol Blosser WineryDundee290.83Vineyard, winery, and tasting room
65Kimpton PortlandPortland289.33Hotels and restaurants
7NRRose City MortgagePortland288.12Mortgage broker
82Research Into Action Inc.Portland287.33Consulting firm providing social marketing research and program evaluation
9NRNew Seasons MarketPortand283.4Neighborhood grocery stores
109Neil Kelly CompanyPortland282.2General residential remodeling and new construction contracting
114Bonneville Environmental FoundationPortland280.53Entrepreneurial solutions to remedy the Earth’s most pressing energy and water issues
1279Portland YouthBuildersPortland279.12Alternative high school offering vocational training and leadership development
13NREmerge Medical SpaPortland278.13Board-certified laser clinic
1422Rogue CreameryCentral Point277.4Artisan cheese producers
15NRHopworks Urban BreweryPortland276.73Eco-brewpub with all organic beers and local ingredients served in a sustainably built/operated building
1612Doubletree Hotel, PortlandPortland276.36Hotel
17NRImage PressworksPortland275.92Commercial printing company
18NRSteele Associates Architects LLCBend275.8Sustainable master planning, commercial, mixed-use, industrial and custom residential design architecture
1982Realty Trust GroupPortland274.99Real estate company
208SOLARC Architecture and Engineering Inc.Eugene274.76Sustainable architecture and engineering design
211Gerding EdlenPortland274.73Real estate development, property management and retrofit consulting
2215PECIPortland274.13Energy-efficiency products and services
236Isler CPAEugene273.6Certified public accounting firm
24NRRecology OregonPortland273.2Integrated waste hauling, processing and recycling
2510Vernier Software & TechnologyBeaverton272.63Wholesale and retail educational software, hardware and curriculum

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2626PAE Consulting Engineers Inc.Portland271.67Mechanical/electrical engineering and sustainable design
2733Jesuit Volunteer Corps NorthwestPortland271.43Recruits and supports volunteers serving local social service and environmental agencies, schools, etc.
2823Fluid Market Strategies Inc.Portland271.19Management, marketing and training consultants specializing in energy efficiency, renewable tech., etc.
2917Oregon Environmental CouncilPortland271.09Safeguards clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers
3049Carr Auto GroupBeaverton271Automotive dealership
3151The Nature ConservancyPortland270.5Protects, restores and manages important habitats and natural areas
3216Microsoft CorporationPortland270.4Software
3337PREM Group Inc.Portland269.39Real estate management
3444Ater Wynne LLPPortland269.27Law firm
3519Ruby ReceptionistsPortland269.22Virtual receptionist
36NRKing Estate WineryEugene268.73Producer of premium and ultra-premium Pinot Gris with critically acclaimed restaurant.
37NRWillamette Valley VineyardsTurner268.71Responsible land stewardship while producing high-quality Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varietals
38NRPerkins Coie LLPPortland268.4Law firm
39NRRosendin ElectricHillsboro268.13Employee-owned electrical contractor
40NRProvidence Federal Credit UnionMilwaukie268.1Financial services
41NRThe Oregon Zoo FoundationPortland267.76Raising funds to support Oregon Zoo’s mission
4247Portland Marriott Downtown WaterfrontPortland266.91Hotel
43NRREACH Community DevelopmentPortland266.56Develops and manages affordable housing and provides support services to residents
44NRSustainable NorthwestPortland266.53Sustainable natural resource management in the Northwest
4541The JoineryPortland265.8Sustainable furniture sales and manufacturing
46NRCascade Employers AssociationSalem265.79Human resource consulting services
47 (tie)24CB Richard EllisPortland265.6Commercial real estate
47 (tie)58R&H ConstructionPortland265.6Commercial construction general contractor
49NRABR Inc. Environmental Research and ServicesForest Grove265.59Biological assessments and surveys, bird and bat monitoring at wind sites, stream health assessments, etc.
50NRSmart WirelessPortland265.53Retail wireless dealer

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51NRCommunity WarehousePortland264.76Provides basic household necessities for people and families recovering from crises
5272Child Care Development ServicesGresham263.8Teaches caregivers/children proper meal patterns, lifestyle choices to promote healthy development, etc.
5320Boly:WelchPortland263.74Consulting and recruiting services
5480Travel SalemSalem263.12Regional tourism and destination marketing
55NROn-the-Move Community IntegrationPortland262.73Environmentally focused inclusion services for adults with developmental disabilities
5686Oregon Research InstituteEugene262.36Human behavior research
5764EnvironmentsPortland262.34Furniture sales and services
58NRFamily Relief NurseryCottage Grove262.33Child abuse prevention and therapeutic family support services
59NRGlumacPortland261.53Consulting engineers
6093Childpeace Montessori SchoolPortland260.56Private Montessori school for toddlers through 8th grade
61NRLandscape East & WestClackamas260.36Landscape maintenance and installation
6285Bend Garbage & RecyclingBend260.35Waste management
6334G5Bend259.6Software and services to optimize online marketing for specific verticals
6427EasyStreet Online Services Inc.Beaverton259.53Managed and hosted IT services
65 (tie)NRAnthro CorporationTualatin257.66Furniture design and manufacturing for technology
65 (tie)38Elephants DelicatessenPortland257.66Retail delicatessen
67NRTec Laboratories Inc.Albany257.27Pharmaceutical manufacturing
68NRPortland Trail BlazersPortland257.22Professional basketball franchise
69NRAshforth Pacific Inc.Portland257.04Commercial real estate investment, development and management
70NRCapital Pacific BankPortland255.91Business banking and financial services
7161Capitol Auto Group Inc.Salem255.56Automotive sales and service
72NRWestern Rivers ConservancyPortland255.32Protects outstanding river ecosystems in 11 Western states
7350Earth Advantage InstitutePortland254.99Green building certification, education, research
74NRRose QuarterPortland254.4Event and facility management
75NRBRINGEugene253.36Conservation education, opportunity and inspiration

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76NROregon Tourism CommissionSalem253.29Tourism promotion for the state of Oregon
7760Oregon Electric GroupPortland253.06Electrical subcontractor
7896SOLVHillsboro252.72Beach cleanup; river and watershed restoration
7988Community Cycling CenterPortland252.69Bike safety and Earn-a-Bike programs; and bike shop
80NRRonald McDonald House Charities/OR & SW WAPortland252.29Provides a home away from home for families and their seriously ill children
8130Green Acres Landscape Inc. Salem251.33Landscape contractor
8266Consumer CellularPortland251.14Wireless service provider focused on individuals looking for safety and convenience including senior citizens
8387Lease Crutcher LewisPortland250.72General contracting, preconstruction and construction management
84NRAdroit ConstructionAshland250.55General contractor
8575Terwilliger Plaza Inc.Portland250.33Continuing-care retirement community
86NRNorthwest Pilot ProjectPortland250.19Housing and support services to low-income elderly in Multnomah County
87NRBend Area Habitat for HumanityBend249.72Builds and sells affordable housing
88NRDavid Evans and Associates Inc.Portland249.39Sustainable infrastructure consultancy for energy, water, transportation, and land development projects
89NRThe Environmental CenterBend248.56Educators, advocates and leaders working to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon
90NRMercy CorpsPortland247.99international relief and development
91NROregon Community Credit UnionEugene247.72Financial services
92NRUnited TilePortland247.63Wholesale distributor of tile, stone, metal and glass
93NR1000 Friends of OregonPortland246.86Land use organization
9465Northwest Newborn Specialists PCPortland246.71Physician group focused on unique needs of the newborn
95NRAutodesk Inc.Lake Oswego246.63D design, engineering and entertainment software
96NRJOINPortland245.82Helps homeless people transition off the street into permanent housing
9790Sussman Shank LLPPortland245.72Law firm
98NROlsson Industrial Electric Inc.Eugene245.58Industrial electrical contractor
99NRCardinal Services Inc.Coos Bay244.93Human resource services
100NRSunstone Montessori SchoolPortland244.92Pre-school through 6th grade Montessori school

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We selected the 2011 100 Best Green Companies based on Sustainable Practices sections in both the employee and employer surveys completed last year by nearly 19,000 employees from 415 for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Participation in the 100 Best survey is voluntary and free of charge. Companies needed at least 15 full- or part-time Oregon employees at the time of the survey; nonprofits needed at least 10.

Employee survey
For the 2011 survey, Oregon workers rated their satisfaction and importance in 15 statements related to sustainable practices.
Employer benefits survey
Employer representatives also answered 15 questions about their company or nonprofit’s sustainable business practices.
The employee survey counted for two thirds of the overall score, out of a possible 200 points, with average employee satisfaction and importance ratings each representing one third of the total. The employer benefits survey is also scored on a 100-point scale, accounting for the other third of the overall score, and resulting in a total possible score of 300 points.
How to enter the 100 Best:
To be considered for the 100 Best Green Companies, employers must sign up for the general 100 Best Companies survey (beginning in August) or the 100 Best Nonprofits survey (beginning in April).




      Eligibility: Any private or public company with at least 15 Oregon-based employees, or nonprofit or government agency with at least 10 Oregon-based employees and/or volunteers who volunteer an average of 20 hours per month or more is eligible to enter. The company or nonprofit may be headquartered outside the state.
2. Survey period: The process for 2012’s list begins in August 2011 for companies and April 2012 for nonprofits. There is no charge to participate, and organizations that do not make the list will remain anonymous. All participants that complete the process can obtain a report of survey results.
3. Submitting your workplace: If your workplace has never entered, send an e-mail with the name, title, phone number and e-mail address of the person who will act as the 100 Best contact to: [email protected] or call 503-445-8828. We will e-mail all contacts at the start of the process.
4. Mark your calendar: The survey sign-up link will also be posted to www.oregon100best.com.


1000 Friends of Oregon93 The Nature Conservancy31
ABR Inc. Environmental Research and Services49 Neil Kelly Company10
Adroit Construction84 New Seasons Market9
Anthro Corporation65 Northwest Newborn Specialists PC94
Ashforth Pacific Inc.69 Northwest Pilot Project86
Ater Wynne LLP34 Olsson Industrial Electric Inc.98
Autodesk Inc.95 On-the-Move Community Integration55
Bend Area Habitat for Humanity87 Oregon Community Credit Union91
Bend Garbage & Recycling62 Oregon Electric Group77
Boly:Welch53 Oregon Environmental Council29
Bonneville Environmental Foundation11 Oregon Research Institute56
BRING75 Oregon Tourism Commission76
Capital Pacific Bank70 The Oregon Zoo Foundation41
Capitol Auto Group Inc.71 PAE Consulting Engineers Inc.26
Cardinal Services Inc.99 PECI22
Carr Auto Group30 Perkins Coie LLP38
Cascade Employers Association46 Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront42
CB Richard Ellis47 Portland Trail Blazers68
Child Care Development Services52 Portland YouthBuilders12
Childpeace Montessori School60 PREM Group Inc.33
Community Cycling Center79 Providence Federal Credit Union40
Community Warehouse51 R&H Construction47
Consumer Cellular82 REACH Community Development43
David Evans and Associates Inc.88 Realty Trust Group19
Doubletree Hotel, Portland16 Recology Oregon24
Earth Advantage Institute73 Redside1
EasyStreet Online Services Inc.64 Research Into Action Inc.8
Elephants Delicatessen65 Rogue Creamery14
Emerge Medical Spa13 Ronald McDonald House Charities/OR & SW WA80
The Environmental Center89 Rose City Mortgage7
Environments57 Rose Quarter74
Family Relief Nursery58 Rosendin Electric39
Fluid Market Strategies Inc.28 Ruby Receptionists35
G563 SERA Architects3
Gerding Edlen21 Smart Wireless50
Glumac59 Sokol Blosser Winery5
Green Acres Landscape Inc.81 SOLARC Architecture and Engineering Inc.20
Hopworks Urban Brewery15 SOLV78
Hummingbird Wholesale4 Standing Stone Brewing Co.2
Image Pressworks17 Steele Associates Architects LLC18
Isler CPA23 Sunstone Montessori School100
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest27 Sussman Shank LLP97
JOIN96 Sustainable Northwest44
The Joinery45 Tec Laboratories Inc.67
Kimpton Portland6 Terwilliger Plaza Inc.85
King Estate Winery36 Travel Salem54
Landscape East & West61 United Tile92
Lease Crutcher Lewis83 Vernier Software & Technology25
Mercy Corps90 Western Rivers Conservancy72
Microsoft Corporation32 Willamette Valley Vineyards37

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