The City of Banks is a small municipality in western Washington County with a population of 1,860. In 2008, our city council passed a strategic goal to become an “Environmentally Sensitive” city and the City is currently working on energy and water efficiency projects for its operations and its citizens. To learn more about our sustainability goals and projects, visit our website at cityofbanks.org.
Incorporated in 1893, the City of Beaverton is Oregon’s sixth-largest city, with over 93,000 residents. Beaverton is eagerly pursuing several sustainability initiatives including greenhouse gas inventories, a residential solar program, changing our streetlights to LED technology and home weatherization loans for residents. Moreover, Beaverton is making significant strides in incorporating sustainability into many of the City’s largest planning efforts. For more information, please visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/green, or call (503) 526-2545.
Clean Water Services is a water resources management utility in the Tualatin River Watershed. More than 527,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams through innovative wastewater and stormwater services, flood management projects, water quality and stream enhancement projects, fish habitat protection, and more. Clean Water Services operates four wastewater treatment plants and 39 pump stations. We also work with our 12 member cities to build and maintain the public sanitary sewer and surface water management system. Examples of our sustainability programs and practices include updating and retrofitting our treatment facilities to create LEED certified buildings, automatic lighting shutoff switches in our work spaces, and uses of grey water in our building toilets. For more information, visit our website at: www.cleanwaterservices.org
Located in western Washington County, the City of Cornelius, population approximately 12,161, is known as 'Oregon's Family Town'. It has historical ties to the surrounding agricultural community and the Tualatin River on its southern border. Cornelius has adopted a Natural Resource Protection Plan, has earned the Washington County Recycle at Work Award, and is working on energy efficiency measures for its buildings.
The City of Forest Grove is a municipality located in central Washington County, with a population of 23,375. In November 2014, our city council adopted a Sustainability Action Plan which was charged to the Sustainability Commission for implementation. The top goal of the City Council is to “Promote a Safe, Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods and a Prosperous, Dynamic, Green City. For more information on the efforts of the Sustainability Commission, visit our website at http://www.forestgrove-or.gov/bc-sc .
The City of Hillsboro, Oregon's fifth largest with a population of over 90,380, is a well-planned growing community with a strong, diverse economy based on farming, timber and the State’s high tech corridor. The City of Hillsboro's leadership in sustainability planning and action includes reducing energy use through installation of high efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED) traffic signal bulbs in 1996, procurement of a substantial alternative fuel vehicle fleet beginning in 2000, development of one of the country’s first LEED Gold certified municipal buildings in 2006, completion of the City’s first greenhouse gas inventory in 2010, deployment of nearly 200kW of solar capacity to date, and installation of 16 electric vehicle charging stations, including the State’s first level II station in 2010. If you’d like to find out more about our sustainability commitment, go to our Website.
Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus is located in the rapidly growing Beaverton-Hillsboro area of Washington County. It houses Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation’s sports complex where students have access to softball and lacrosse fields, tennis courts and soccer pitches. The campus is home to a fully functioning farm with sheep, rabbits, llamas and cows. Its composting initiative, where food scraps are degraded via a worm compost to eventually nourish the burgeoning organic garden, is a model loop system. To learn about PCC's system-wide sustainability programs, visit www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability.
Portland General Electric is focused on providing reliable, responsibly generated power at a reasonable cost. To accomplish this requires a broad mix of generation resources. While some utilities obtain their power from one or two sources, PGE relies on seven different sources. The greater diversity in our power supply contributes to higher reliability and more stable prices. PGE is a recognized leader in the utility industry and has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. PGE works hard to keep Oregon a great place to live, and we reflect our customers’ values through our environmental initiatives and community involvement. Read more at our Website.
Formed in 1955, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning about 50 square miles and serving more than 200,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Our sustainability program’s key principles call on staff to use resources and materials wisely, respect and conserve natural systems, and educate our patrons and ourselves. Staff are currently working on building energy efficiency upgrades and a vehicle use reduction program. For more information, visit our Website.
Washington County is a special place to live, work, and play. Since 1955, the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District has served a critical role by protecting our water and soil. The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District works to conserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Tualatin River Watershed. Working with private landowners and the community, we strive to provide a clean and healthy watershed that supports all beneficial uses for people, fish,and wildlife; a vibrant economy; and livable communities. Learn more at www.swcd.net.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue provides prevention and emergency services to approximately 440,000 residents in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah County. Innovation that responds to changing community needs is key to the organization’s success, including a growing number of sustainability initiatives. An aggressive LEED building program, alternative response vehicles, and a focus on prevention, education, and information as a “first service” typify TVF&R’s commitment to environmental, community, and fiscal sustainability. To learn more about these and other programs, go to TVFR.com.
Tualatin Valley Water District provides drinking water for over 200,000 people through more than 58,000 service connections in Washington County. It has been consciously involved in improving the sustainability of its operations since 2001, looking to behavior change, new products, energy efficiency, renewables and more. This work has garnered sustainability awards such as the American Public Works Association’s Julian Award, Portland’s BEST Award, and Recycle at Work award. To find out more about TVWD’s sustainability commitment, go to our Website.
Washington County is the second most populous county in Oregon. Our mission is to provide excellent and cost effective services that support healthy, peaceful, safe, and sustainable communities; and encourage meaningful participation in community activities and County governance. We recognize our role and responsibility to protect and conserve natural resources, use financial resources effectively and efficiently, and celebrate the achievements of a healthy and productive organization. To find out more about the County's commitment, go to our Website.