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The 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon

GreenLogoOregon is known for its green-minded citizens, and many workers are attracted to firms and organizations that practice green, not just pay lip service to it.

0614100bgOregon is known for its green-minded citizens, and many workers are attracted to firms and organizations that practice green, not just pay lip service to it.

Our sixth annual 100 Best Green Workplaces survey shows just how important employees rate sustainable practices. Recycling, energy conservation and buying local are just a few of the policies employees want to see in their workplace. The best green companies and nonprofits are acting on these preferences, offering bonuses for biking and taking public transport; recycling and composting; and cutting energy use.

Employers’ efforts to green their workplaces parallels what is happening at the regulatory level. State authorities are implementing energy efficiency policies in the electric utility sector and transitioning transportation to cleaner fuels. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10-year energy plan calls for all of the state’s new electricity demand to be met through energy efficiency and conservation. 

Momentum is also increasing in the western U.S. to create a regional partnership to combat climate change. The Pacific Coast Action Plan, an agreement signed by governors of Oregon, Washington, California and the premier of British Columbia last year, calls for harmonizing greenhouse-gas reduction targets and putting a price on carbon emissions. 

These are just some of the examples of how greening the workplace is part of a broader effort to green the economy.


0614100bg2Who are the 100 Best Green workplaces?
Almost 70% of the 100 Best Green Workplaces are for-profit companies, with nonprofits making up the remainder. Education, training and community development made up the largest sector (20%), consisting solely of nonprofits. Architecture, engineering and design made up the next largest segment (11%), followed by consulting (7%). Sectors with just a small percentage of green workplaces include healthcare; advertising, marketing and PR; accounting; telecom and internet; and utility.

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How satisfied are employees with green practices in the workplace?
Participants of the 100 Best Green Workplaces survey were most content with their workplaces’ policies for recycling paper, glass, metals, packaging and other materials. They also had a high satisfaction rate for their workplaces’ sustainability mission. “Opportunities for participation in sustainability activities — both in our workplace and communities — are encouraged at all levels of our organization,” says one staffer.

On the flip side, employees participating in the survey were least content with their employers’ rewards and recognition of workers for meeting sustainability goals, such as taking public transport. “I would like to see more initiative in the offering of transportation subsidies,” says one employee. Employees also had lower satisfaction rates for their workplaces’ efforts to reduce toxic materials and chemicals, to conserve water and to measure progress toward sustainability. Greening the workplace is a well-established business practice, but it appears many employers have yet to tackle tougher challenges, such as reporting on steps taken towards meeting green goals.

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How employers rate their sustainable practices
Companies and nonprofits were required to fill out 15 questions that showed to what degree workplaces support and promote sustainable practices. All participating companies scored highest on their support for recycling materials, such as paper and glass. They also scored highly on buying local materials and supplies, as well as conserving energy, such as turning off unused equipment and using energy-efficient light bulbs. Companies got lower overall scores for more sophisticated green practices, such as buying renewable power or carbon offsets. They also ranked lower for rewarding or recognizing employees for being sustainable and investing in green facilities, such as LEED-certified buildings.

How are the Companies judged?
The 100 Best Green Workplaces were determined by 16,000 employees from more than 400 companies and nonprofits that took part in two anonymous surveys: The 2014 100 Best Companies and 2013 100 Best Nonprofits projects. As part of the surveys, Oregon workers rated their satisfaction with and the importance of 10 statements related to sustainable practices at their workplaces, such as green missions and goals, recycling and waste reduction, support for public transit, energy and water conservation, and buying local. Employers were also independently scored on 15 questions about their sustainability policies. 

For more information on our 100 Best, click here.


Rank 2014 Rank 2013 COMPANY/ORGANIZATION/WEBSITE CITY SCORE DESCRIPTION
1 4 Rose City Mortgage
rosecitymtg.com
Portland 296.66 Socially responsible mortgage broker
2 1 Research Into Action, Inc.
researchintoaction.com
Portland 291.73 Energy-efficiency and renewable energy program evaluation and market research firm
3 10 Rogue Creamery
roguecreamery.com
Central Point 290.77 Artisan cheese producers
4 18 Columbia Printing & Cleanroom Inc.
colprinting.com
Portland 288.18 Cleanroom consumables, digital and commercial printing
5 7 Oregon Environmental Council
oeconline.org
Portland 285.86 Environmental conservation
6 2 Standing Stone Brewing Company
standingstonebrewing.com
Ashland 285.82 Restaurant and brewery
7 NR LifeSource Natural Foods
lifesourcenaturalfoods.com
Salem 285.63 Independant natural foods retailer
8 8 Capital Pacific Bank
capitalpacificbank.com
Portland 285.44 Business banking and financial services
9 48 Anthro Corporation
anthro.com
Tualatin 284.97 Furniture design and manufacturing
10 5 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
doubletreegreen.com
Portland 281.82 Sustainable hotel in downtown Portland
11 17 The Hershey Co./DAGOBA
dagobachocolate.com
Ashland 280.36 Maker of chocolate and confectionary products
12 12 Tualatin Valley Water District
tvwd.org
Beaverton 280.31 Provides water to more than 200,000 people in  Washington County
13 NR SERA Architects
serapdx.com
Portland 278.77 Sustainable architecture and design firm
14 61 REACH Community Development
reachcdc.org
Portland 277.86 Affordable housing development, repair and management
15 102 AJ's Auto Repair
ajsautorepair.com
Salem 277.28 Automotive repair and maintenance
16 11 Capitol Auto Group
capitolauto.com
Salem 276.41 Automotive sales and service
17 26 Vernier Software & Technology
vernier.com
Beaverton 276.25 Web design, software and hardware for teaching science, math and engineering
18 46 Friends of Zenger Farm
zengerfarm.org
Portland 275.51 Farm-based education for young people and families
19 35 PECI
peci.org
Portland 274.90 Designs and manages energy-efficiency programs
20 29 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
jvcnorthwest.org
Portland 274.75 Recruits, places and supports full-time volunteers serving social service agencies, schools and nonprofits
21 53 Image Pressworks
imagepressworks.com
Portland 273.84 Commericial printing firm
22 54 Trash for Peace
trashforpeace.org
Portland 273.09 Promotes reducing, reusing, and recycling waste
23 NR Adelante Mujeres
adelantemujeres.org
Forest Grove 272.99 Provides education and empowerment opportunities to low-income Latina women and their families
24 33 Realty Trust Group
realtytrust.com
Portland 272.85 Local real estate company
25 NR On-the-Move Community Integration
onthemoveonline.org
Portland 272.73 Inclusion services for adults with developmental disabilities



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Rank 2014 Rank 2013 COMPANY/ORGANIZATION/WEBSITE CITY SCORE DESCRIPTION
26 19 PAE
pae-engineers.com
Portland 271.76 Mechanical/electrical engineering and sustainable design 
27 23 Boly:Welch
bolywelch.com
Portland 270.94 Provider of consulting and recruiting services
28 27 Ater Wynne LLP
aterwynne.com
Portland 270.21 Multisector law firm
29 49 Green Hammer
greenhammer.com
Portland 270.12 Architecture and design firm
30 14 Isler CPA
islercpa.com
Eugene 269.17 Certified public accountants and business advisors
31 42 Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
neea.org
Portland 268.61 Regional energy-efficiency programs
32 25 Xanterra Parks & Resorts
craterlakelodges.com
White City 267.87 Park management company
33 28 Perkins Coie LLP
perkinscoie.com
Portland 267.47 Multi-sector law firm
34 99 Yost Grube Hall Architecture
ygh.com
Portland 267.02 Architecture and design firm
35 NR BRING Recycling
bringrecyling.org
Eugene 266.79 Runs reuse and recycling programs
36 24 EARTH2O
earth2o.com
Culver 266.39 Water delivery and bottle manufacturer
37 31 Portland YouthBuilders
pybpdx.org
Portland 266.30 Alternative high school for low-income youth
38 92 RHT Energy Solutions
rhtenergy.com
Medford 266.07 Energy engineering consulting firm
39 40 Bonneville Environmental Foundation
b-e-f.org
Portland 265.48 Energy, carbon and water use consultants
40 37 Hopworks Urban Brewery
hopworksbeer.com
Portland 264.87 Eco-brewpub with organic beers and local ingredients served in a sustainably built/operated building
41 3 Gerding Edlen
gerdlingedlen.com
Portland 264.86 Real estate development, property management and investment management
42 78 PREM Group
premgrp.com
Portland 264.76 Real estate management company
43 228 Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
greshamchamber.org
Gresham 264.17 Chamber of commerce
44 15 Green Acres Landscape Inc.
greenacreslandscapenc.com
Salem 263.86 Landscape contractor and maintenance company
45 21 Salem Convention Center
salemconventioncenter.org
Salem 263.54 Full-service convention center
46 NR Mount Pisgah Arboretum
mountpisgaharboretum.org
Eugene 263.51 Living tree museum with eight miles of trails, public facilities and environmental education programs
47 130 Levi Strauss & Co.
levistrauss.com
Eugene 263.36 International jean and apparel company
47 NR Holst Architecture
holstarc.com
Portland 263.36 Architecture and design firm
49 83 Barran Liebman LLP
barran.com
Portland 262.79 Employment, labor and benefits law firm
50 69 Earth Advantage
earthadvantage.org
Portland 262.69 Sustainable buildings research and consulting
50 NR Cascade Employers Association
cascadeemployers.com
Salem 262.69 HR training, consulting and recruitment



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Rank 2014 Rank 2013 COMPANY/ORGANIZATION/WEBSITE CITY SCORE DESCRIPTION
52 6 Sokol Blosser Winery
sokolblosser.com
Dundee 262.30 Vineyard, winery, and tasting room
53 NR Treasure Valley Children's Relief Nursery
tvcrn.org
Ontario 262.09 Child-abuse prevention programs
54 58 Terwilliger Plaza
terwilligerplaza.com
Portland 261.24 Continuing-care retirement community
55 32 Family Relief Nursery
familyreliefnursery.org
Cottage Grove 261.05 Child-abuse prevention programs
56 55 Landscape East & West
landscapeeast.com
Clackamas 261.01 Landscape maintenance and installation
57 88 Oregon Wild
oregonwild.org
Portland 260.98 Protects and restores Oregon's wildlands, wildlife and waters
58 NR Port of Portland
portofportland.com
Portland 260.91 Operates airports, marine terminals and industrial parks in the greater Portland metropolitan area
59 NR Willamette Valley Vineyards
wvv.com
Turner 260.60 Vineyard and winemaker
60 150 McKenzie Commercial Contractors
mckenziecommercial.com
Eugene 260.52 Commercial construction services
61 63 R&H Construction Co.
rhconst.com
Portland 259.40 General contractor of commercial construction projects
62 43 Walsh Construction Co.
walshconstructionco.com
Portland 259.19 General contractor with green building focus
63 51 Sponsors Inc.
sponsorsinc.org
Eugene 259.04 Re-entry services to people with criminal histories
64 52 Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
skihood.com
Mt. Hood 258.89 Ski resort and ski instruction
65 NR Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity
roguevalleyhabitat.org
Medford 258.63 Affordable housing agency
66 NR Willamette University MBA – Atkinson Graduate School of Management
willamette.edu/mba
Salem 258.11 Graduate school of management
67 NR Assistance League of Salem-Keizer
assistanceleaguesalem.org
Salem 257.89 Community-based philanthropic programs
68 126 Fortis Construction
fortisconstruction.com
Portland 257.59 Employee-owned general contractor
69 81 Childpeace Montessori School
childpeace.org
Portland 257.49 Independent Montessori school
70 65 Neil Kelly Company
neilkelly.com
Portland 256.82 Residential design and remodeling contractor
71 NR Recology
recology.com
portland 256.41 Integrated waste hauling, processing and recycling
72 NR Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon
mesopdx.org
Portland 256.30 Capital and coaching for entrepreneurs in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Columbia counties
73 176 VanderHouwen & Associates
vanderhouwen.com
Portland 255.83 IT, accounting/finance and engineering staffing
74 NR Dallas Retirement Village
dallasretirementvillage.com
Dallas 254.96 Retirement community offering independent and assisted living
75 232 Coquille Indian Housing Authority
coquilleiha.org
Coos Bay 254.26 Tribal housing authority



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Rank 2014 Rank 2013 COMPANY/ORGANIZATION/WEBSITE CITY SCORE DESCRIPTION
76 214 Portland Homeless Family Solutions
pdxhfs.org
Portland 254.09 Provides temporary, emergency shelter to homeless families with children
77 162 Matrix Networks
matrixnetworks.com
Portland 253.78 IP communication services
78 71 Oregon Supported Living Program
oslp.org
Eugene 253.31 Community inclusion and supported living programs
79 60 Northwest Family Services
nwfs.org
Portland 253.30 Skills-based activities and workshops for young people and families 
80 NR OpenSourcery
opensourcery.com
Portland 253.04 Open-source development firm
81 NR Maxwell PR + Engagement
maxwellpr.com
Portland 252.89 Public relations and consumer engagement agency
82 74 Wauna Federal Credit Union
waunafcu.org
Clatskanie 252.81 Financial services and banking
83 NR Marmoset LLC
marmosetmusic.com
Portland 252.80 Boutique music agency
84 NR Conservation Services Group
csgrp.com
Portland 252.70 Energy-efficiency and clean-energy programs
85 47 King Estate Winery
kingestate.com
Eugene 252.55 Wine producer and restaurant
86 98 Hartmann&Forbes Inc.
hfshades.com
Tualatin 251.73 Maker of window and wall coverings
87 NR Otak Inc.
otak.com
Portland 251.60 Architecture and design firm
88 NR Mt. Ashland Association
mtashland.com
Ashland 251.40 Alpine recreation and ski instruction
89 82 Carr Auto Group
carrauto.com
Beaverton 251.20 Automotive sales and service
90 180 EasyStreet Online Services
easystreet.com
Beaverton 251.09 Managed and hosted IT services
91 39 CLEAResult
clearesult.com
Portland 250.97 Designs, manages and implements energy programs
92 NR Classique Floors
classiquefloors.com
Portland 250.79 Floor-covering contractor
93 22 Aim High Academy of Martial Arts
aimhighma.org
Beaverton 250.74 Martial-arts instruction
94 NR Hydro International
hydro-int.com
Hillsboro 249.08 Manufacturer of water and wastewater treatment equipment
95 30 DeSantis Landscapes
desantislandscapes.com
Salem 249.07 Landscape maintenance and construction
95 121 So Delicious Dairy Free
sodeliciousdairyfree.com
Springfield 249.07 Manufactures nondairy food products
97 110 Northwest Newborn Specialists PC
nwnewborn.com
Portland 248.97 Physician group focused on newborn care
98 44 Mercy Corps
mercycorps.org
Portland 248.06 International community development and emergency relief services
99 NR HealthCo Information Systems Inc.
healthcosystems.com
Tualatin 246.68 Provides software to the medical industry
100 45 Consumer Cellular
consumercellular.com
Portland 246.62 Wireless service provider



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