Back in 1971, the state of Oregon was the first to legislate refundable deposits on cans and bottles, launching a worldwide recycling revolution! Today, the city of Portland continues to be known for its green and socially-conscious practices and ways of living. To Portland, “going green” isn’t just a hip new trend, it’s a way of life! Here are 3 ways Portland is leading the movement on sustainable living:
Biking: Portland is all about eco-friendly transportation. The city has one of the highest rates of bike riding commuters in the nation! To reduce traffic and emissions, Portland has encouraged residents to travel by bicycle around town. The city is a friendly place to ride and has more than 300 miles of bike lanes, trails and paths. Don’t own a bike? No problem! Portland has bike-share stations throughout the city. All you have to do is download the BikeTown app on your phone, create an account and unlock a nearby bike. Or, if you prefer to drive in the colder months, fuel up at a 7-Eleven RENEW location!
Travel Tip: Next time you’re in town, check out Portland’s HopWorks Urban Brewery’s BikeBar. HopWorks is an Urban Brewery that creates delicious beer and food by using sustainable business practices to inspire the local community to live a more green lifestyle. They provide 75 bicycle parking spaces and stationary bikes that generate electricity as you cycle. https://hopworksbeer.com
Building: Customary development and construction practices often drain natural resources and cause air and water pollution, waste, deforestation and health hazards. This is why Porland took action in 2001 and created a Green Building Policy that requires certain buildings to follow specific sustainable building standards. Their policy was updated in 2005 to add eco-friendly standards for energy use, stormwater management, water conservation and construction waste recycling.
Tilikum Crossing: Portland’s Tilikum Crossing is the city’s largest bridge that is solely for pedestrians. Citizens are only able to walk or cycle to cross over the Willamette River. The crossing offers wide paths with LED lights and has several nods to nature with osprey nesting poles at each end, and by housing an art installation by the east bank that allows the river’s sound to be amplified.
Oregon’s largest city is a great example of the eco-friendly movement. These are just some of the ways Portland is contributing and becoming a leader in sustainability.