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100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon

As momentum grows at the state level to introduce far-reaching environmental regulations, such as carbon pricing and the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon employers continue to go the extra mile to create green workplaces for their employees.

Paperless offices, on-site organic gardens, worm bins, low-flow showers — these are just a handful of innovative green practices that the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon have put in place to foster sustainable work environments.

This year’s list is composed of a mix of companies and organizations that are not necessarily associated with green products and services, such as auto retailers and law firms. Others are in industries that are geared to green living, such as environmental consulting.

More than 430 companies and nonprofits participated in this year’s 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon project. Almost 70% are for-profit companies, while the rest are from the nonprofit sector. Now in its seventh year, the survey highlights the state’s foremost sustainable places to work.


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Ater Wynne: a bevy of recycling options

1. Rose City Mortgage
Portland
Overall score: 298.00

2. Research Into Action
Portland
Overall score: 292.50

3. Redside
Portland
Overall score: 291.06

4. Capitol Auto Group
Salem
Overall score: 289.68

5. Standing Stone Brewing
Ashland
Overall score: 288.85

6. Capital Pacific Bank*
Portland
Overall score: 287.89
*Acquired by Pacific Continental in 2015; no longer exists

7. DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland
Portland
Overall score: 285.44

8. LifeSource Natural Foods
Salem
Overall score: 283.87

9. Earl & Brown
Beaverton
Overall score: 283.77

10. Green Acres Landscape
Salem
Overall score: 283.47

11. Crystal Greens Landscape
Clackamas
Overall score: 283.01

12. American College of Healthcare Sciences
Portland
Overall score: 280.77

13. Gerding Edlen
Portland
Overall score: 280.47

14. BRING Recycling
Eugene
Overall score: 279.48

15. Los Niños Cuentan
Clackamas
Overall score: 279.12

16. Vernier Software & Technology
Beaverton
Overall score: 279.00

17. Oregon Environmental Council
Portland
Overall score: 278.74

18. AJ’s Auto Repair
Salem
Overall score: 278.65

19. SERA Architects
Portland
Overall score: 278.53

20. Lanphere Construction & Development
Beaverton
Overall score: 278.39

21. Green Hammer
Portland
Overall score: 277.70

22. Salem Convention Center
Salem
Overall score: 277.46

23. Rogue Creamery
Central Point
Overall score: 276.86

24. Anthro Corporation
Tualatin
Overall score: 276.71

25. EARTH2O
Culver
Overall score: 276.06

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Earl & Brown: on site organic vegetable garden.

26. Barran Liebman
Portland
Overall score: 275.66

27. Energy Trust of Oregon
Portland
Overall score: 275.08

28. Coyote Trails School of Nature
Medford
Overall score: 274.18

29. The Nature Conservancy
Portland
Overall score: 272.71

30. Friends of Zenger Farm
Portland
Overall score: 272.55

31. PAE
Portland
Overall score: 272.36

32. Green Building Services
Portland
Overall score: 271.87

33. Isler CPA
Eugene
Overall score: 270.31

34. McKenzie Commercial Contractors
Eugene
Overall score: 269.77

35. On-the-Move Community Integration
Portland
Overall score: 269.73

36. RHT Energy Solutions
Medford
Overall score: 268.81

37. Rainbow Valley Design and Construction
Eugene
Overall score: 268.75

38. REACH Community Development
Portland
Overall score: 268.60

39. Adelante Mujeres
Forest Grove
Overall score: 267.78

40. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Mt. Hood
Overall score: 267.54

41. Our United Villages
Portland
Overall score: 267.28

42. DeSantis Landscapes
Salem
Overall score: 266.94

43. CLEAResult
Portland
Overall score: 266.64

44. Image Pressworks
Portland
Overall score: 266.44

45. Boly:Welch
Portland
Overall score: 266.21

46. Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Eugene
Overall score: 266.18

47. Cascades Academy
Bend
Overall score: 265.28

48. International Living Future Institute
Portland
Overall score: 265.18

49. Mortgage Trust
Portland
Overall score: 264.69

50. Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
Portland
Overall score: 264.18

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Adelante Mujeres: food compost bin.

51. Sunstone Montessori School
Portland
Overall score: 263.39

52. Adroit Construction Company
Ashland
Overall score: 263.26

53. PECI*
Portland
Overall score: 263.21
*Acquired by CLEAResult in September 2014

54. Perkins Coie
Portland
Overall score: 262.64

55. Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth
Portland
Overall score: 262.36

56. Bodyfelt Mount
Portland
Overall score: 262.21

57. Oregon Wild
Portland
Overall score: 262.19

58. Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley
Medford
Overall score: 261.12

59. Hopworks Urban Brewery
Portland
Overall score: 260.27

60. Fortis Construction
Portland
Overall score: 260.03

61. Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Portland
Overall score: 259.76

62. R&H Construction
Portland
Overall score: 259.17

63. Childpeace Montessori
Portland
Overall score: 259.15

64. VanderHouwen & Associates
Portland
Overall score: 258.05

65. Verde
Portland
Overall score: 257.31

66. Carr Auto Group
Beaverton
Overall score: 257.26

67. Sussman Shank
Portland
Overall score: 257.25

68. Sponsors
Eugene
Overall score: 257.02

69. Indow
Portland
Overall score: 256.92

70. Ater Wynne
Portland
Overall score: 256.89

71. Bark
Portland
Overall score: 256.72

72. Tec Laboratories
Albany
Overall score: 256.12

73. Rich Duncan Construction
Salem
Overall score: 255.97

74. Friends of Trees
Portland
Overall score: 255.38

75. South Lane Family Nursery
Cottage Grove
Overall score: 255.15

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The Joinery: wood chips and sawdust are converted into briquettes, then given away for free to customers.

76. Landscape East & West
Clackamas
Overall score: 255.03

77. Smart Wireless
Portland
Overall score: 255.00

78. Oak Park Dental
Salem
Overall score: 254.86

79. The Next Door
Hood River
Overall score: 254.05

80. G5
Bend
Overall score: 253.30

81. CBT Nuggets
Eugene
Overall score: 253.08

82. Hartmann&Forbes
Tualatin
Overall score: 253.02

83. Northwest Family Services
Portland
Overall score: 252.49

84. Northwest Newborn Specialists
Portland
Overall score: 252.46

T85. Sokol Blosser Winery
Dundee
Overall score: 252.32

T85. Neil Kelly Company
Portland
Overall score: 252.32

87. Cascade Energy
Portland
Overall score: 251.23

88. Portland YouthBuilders
Portland
Overall score: 250.83

89. T-Mobile
Salem
Overall score: 250.01

90. Pacific Landscape Management
Hillsboro
Overall score: 249.39

91. Northwest Staffing Resources
Portland
Overall score: 247.82

92. So Delicious Dairy Free
Eugene
Overall score: 247.01

93. The Joinery
Portland
Overall score: 246.92

94. OCHIN
Portland
Overall score: 245.74

95. The Nines
Portland
Overall score: 245.73

96. Ninkasi Brewing Company
Eugene
Overall score: 244.79

97. Scott Edwards Architecture
Portland
Overall score: 244.18

98. Lane Powell
Portland
Overall score: 244.04

99. FULL Creative
Portland
Overall score: 243.75

100. Friends of South Slough
Charleston
Overall score: 243.59

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Methodology

The 100 Best Green Workplaces were determined by more than 430 companies and non-profits that took part in two anonymous surveys: the 2014 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon and the 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. Employees rated their satisfaction with and the importance they attach to 10 statements related to workplace sustainable practices, such as green mission 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 practices. 

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Kim Moore

Kim Moore is the editor for Oregon Business magazine.

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