Resources

Comprehensive Tools/Media Companies
GreenBiz:
This online media company offers numerous tools for sustainable business leaders, although they tend to cater to larger companies rather than small business.

Sustainable Business Oregon: A publication of the Portland Business Journal, this website and event calendar is focused on the news and issues of interest to Oregon’s sustainable business professionals.

Sustainable Industries Business Handbooks: Handbooks designed to help business reduce resources, save money, and market their success; these include the Green Office Guide, the Sustainable Energy Guide, and Trendwatch

Worldchanging: Worldchanging has produced almost 12,000 visionary articles and two editions of its bestselling book, and continues to be a go-to source for forward thinking, solutions-based journalism that takes a big-picture approach to sustainability.

National Organizations
B Corp
: A non-profit setting comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards and influencing public policy. This third-party certification program includes hundreds of businesses.

Business for Social Responsibility: A great tool for businesses planning to report on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.

Green Drinks: While GO! hosts a monthly Green Drinks event that moves around to different businesses in the Gorge, Green Drinks is actually an international phenomenon. If you are traveling for work or fun, or moving to a new town, look up the local Green Drinks organization to connect with other people working in sustainable industries.

Green Meeting Industry Council: This national organization is actually based in Beaverton, Oregon. It is focused on advancing sustainability in the meetings industry.

Natural Step: The Natural Step Framework, authored by Karl-Henrik Robèrt with input from dozens of scientists in 1989, continues to serve as a framework for organizations facing big change. The North American office is based in Portland.

One Percent for the Planet: Less than 2% of all corporate charitable donations go to environmental causes. 1% for the Planet is trying to change that. Since its inception in 2002, 1% for the Planet has initiated over $50 million in environmental giving. Today, more than 1,400 companies worldwide have joined 1% for the Planet and are committed to donating 1% of sales to environmental non-profit organizations annually.

Regional Organizations (Gorge)
Columbia Gorge Earth Center: CGEC is a 10-year-old non-profit facilitating dialogue and providing resources that empower our community to make sustainable choices. They do this largely by incubating environmental non-profits, including the Gorge Owned Business Network and RiverHours.

Columbia River Fellowship for Peace: This non-profit peace and justice group serves communities in the Mid-Columnia region of Oregon and Washington and is dedicated to peace and justice on several levels: self, family, school, workplace, community.

Gorge Grown Food Network: This non-profit based in Hood River supports sustainable food farming and distribution in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s devoted to connecting and supporting local farmers and ensuring access to good food for everyone. Check out Gorge Grown to learn more about seasonal farmers markets and other Gorge Grown programs.

Gorge Rebuild-It Center: This used building supply store accepts donations and resells them to local residents, promoting reuse and helping keep perfectly good products out of the landfill.

River Hours: This project of the Columbia Gorge Earth Center seeks to create and sustain a local currency system in order to build community, promote regional economic independence, support local business and trade, encourage entrepreneurship, honor diversity, and enhance the local minimum wage in the Mid-Columbia region.

Sustainable Travel International: A White Salmon, Wash.-based non-profit promoting responsible travel andecotourism, supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the cultures and environments they visit. Their STEP program is a third-party certification program for sustainable businesses. Wet Planet Rafting and Timberline Lodge are among the regional businesses that have gained certification through STI.

Regional Organizations (Portland)
Northwest Earth Institute:
NWEI is a national leader in the development of innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future. GO! uses NWEI’s “Sustainable Systems at Work” discussion course to help local business leaders interested in learning how to adopt more sustainable business practices. 

Portland’s Metro Green From the Ground Up Seminars: Focus on nature-friendly development practices bring together builders, developers, designers, stormwater engineers, practitioners and jurisdictional staff from around the region.

ReDirect Guide: A green business directory and resource guide for the Portland/Vancouver area offering GO! members a discount for inclusion in the print and online directory. Offers the ReDirect Guide Visa, the planet’s first credit card that offsets carbon emissions with every purchase and offers discounts and special offers from green businesses.

Voice for Oregon Innovation & Sustainability (VOIS): Dubbed the “Chamber of Change,” VOIS is uniting forward-thinking business leaders, nonprofits, policymakers and individuals to advance sustainability, expand social entrepreneurship, influence policy, and encourage businesses to bank locally.

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  • Reducing waste
  • Cutting energy use
  • Purchasing more eco-friedly products
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