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|Articles - June 2011|
|Wednesday, May 18, 2011|
Surely one of the most unique economies in the state is the one that has developed in the magnificent Mount Hood region. In our cover story, writer Jon Bell takes a long and deep look at the economic driving force of the mountain. Bell brings a unique perspective to this story because he wrote the book on Mount Hood. Titled On Mount Hood, it’s out this month.
Bell, a longtime contributing writer to Oregon Business, has a deep knowledge and love of the iconic peak. His book is subtitled A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak. While he didn’t risk his life for our story, his thorough examination of the many industries and businesses that depend on the bounty of Mount Hood wasn’t easy. But Bell climbed the vast and complex "Money Mountain" and lived to tell the tale.
It’s a fitting symbol to have the majestic mountain on this issue’s cover as we also announce the third annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. Like our 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits projects, employee satisfaction around how their company addresses sustainable issues in the workplace put these companies on the list. A newcomer, real estate and construction firm Redside, based in Oregon City, toppled green guru Gerding Edlen Development from its two-year perch as the No. 1 Best Green Company.
But it isn’t easy being green, as the results of this month’s Input show. Although a whopping 82% of respondents say their company employs sustainable business practices — up from 70% five years ago — a large majority also says those green efforts do not give their business a competitive advantage.
That’s an interesting disconnect. Maybe companies are not adequately explaining the benefits of saving energy, reducing waste and supporting a local supply chain (among other things) to their triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Looks like a lot of people are going through the motions of being green without believing in a payoff for their business.
June is the time when I get my own triple bottom line into gear: parties, pools and picnics. I plan to think deeply on green portals and regional economies as we finally head into summer.
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