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General Resources

Weatherization / Insulation Resources

Insulation Fact Sheet: DIY smart approaches to adding insulation to your home. Read more here.

General Weatherization/Energy Tips: Resources from Oregon Energy Coordinators Association on weatherization, insulation, pellet stoves and energy. Read more here.

Solar Resources

Steps to Solar: Resources on the steps to solar, FAQs, group buying opportunities, and more. See Energy Efficiency Incentives section for info on additional incentives for solar. Read more here.

Education: Solar Living is an educational non-profit specializing in solar training and sustainable education classes. Read more here.

Solar Now!: The Solar Now! campaign connects Oregonians with the resources and assistance they need to choose solar energy. Solar Now! is brought to you by Solar Oregon, Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Reducing Use of Resources

Creative tips and ideas on borrowing, sharing, and repairing to decrease unnecessary purchases and conserve resources.

Portland “Green Street” Program

Portland “Green Street” Program: Green Street is a city of Portland program that promotes a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health. Read more here.

Buying or Selling a House with a Green Street Facility: Info on maintenance, how locations are chosen and reporting problems. Read more here.

Portland Alternative Technology Advisory Committee

The Alternative Technology Advisory Committee reviews sustainable technologies to help applicants utilize innovative products and construction methods that don’t meet prescriptive building code requirements, or haven’t been tested by a code-approved agency. $150 fee applies.

New Homebuyer Checklist

Look behind the walls and discover the hidden value of energy-efficient newly built homes. This checklist will help you talk with builders and real estate professionals about home energy efficiency.

Natural Gardening & Outdoor Water Efficiency

Expert Gardening Advice: Grow a garden that’s beautiful, abundant, and safe for children, pets, forests and streams: free expert advice, workshops, videos and more. Read more here.

Eco-friendly landscaping tips. Read more here.

Outdoor Water Efficiency: Learn more about water efficient plants, landscape irrigation and maintenance. Read more here.

Free Site Visits: For those living east of the Willamette on how to manage issues such as erosion, mud, invasive weeds, areas near streams. Tools and services directory for issues ranging from ecoroofs to rain gardens. Read more here.

Mass Transit Information

Trip planner, fare info, how to ride.

Green Building

Green Building Resources: Various resources on green building, both national and regional, including seminars, research, case studies. Read more here.

Green Building 411: Resources and frequently asked questions. Read more here.

General Sustainability Resources & Info

Resources on green building, carbon footprints, and more.

Prosper Portland formally Portland Development Commission: News on sustainability issues, local grants, urban renewal. Read more here.

Your Carbon Footprint: This calculator currently rates your footprint, along with tools and guidelines to help reduce your carbon footprint and impact on global climate change. Read more here.

City of Beaverton Resources: Explore the City of Beaverton Sustainability Office website for tips on living greener and to learn more about Beaverton’s sustainability efforts. Read more here.

Energy Use & Renewable Power Options

Guides to saving energy, estimating appliance energy use, and how to buy an energy efficient appliance.

Architect Directory and Resources

Find a local architect to assist with sustainable home remodels.

Alternative and Advanced Fuels

Information from the US Department of Energy on the more than a dozen alternative fuels that are in production and use or under development.

Accessory Dwelling Resource

A one-stop source about ADUs, granny flats, backyard cottages, in-law units, and accessory dwelling units. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit created on a lot with a house, attached house or manufactured home. ADUs can be created in a variety of ways, including conversion of a portion of an existing house, addition to an existing house, conversion of an existing garage or the construction of an entirely new building. ADUs are considered sustainable by preventing urban sprawl, making use of existing infrastructure, and the like.