Developed as a way to share Portland’s green development innovations and expertise and stimulate market transformation, the Green Design Atlas (GDA) is an interactive map featuring LEED and sustainable commercial building sites throughout the Portland Metro region. The new online resource provides a one-stop resource for developers and design professionals to market sustainable buildings and share data.
This initial phase includes the U.S Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings and Metro’s Connect the Drops map, with more green building certifications and search filters to come in the future.
With the click of a button, project information can be accessed along with location, images and development teams. The number of LEED certified buildings in Portland and the region can be shown along with the number in each category (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified).
A collaborative effort
The GDA Steering Committee is a collaboration of volunteer public, private and non-profit sustainability professionals from the Portland Metro Region. The GDA has been in development since 2008. The Partners: American Institute of Architects Portland Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), American Society of Landscape Architects Oregon Chapter (ASLA), City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Ecotrust, Metro and Portland Development Commission (PDC).
The majority of work on the GDA has been provided by volunteer GDA Steering Committee members. Seed funding has been graciously provided by AIA COTE, PDC, BPS and Metro. The website was built and is maintained by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Ecotrust is the non-profit fiscal sponsor.
A one-stop resource
The map developers hope to inspire and spur climate-responsive design by showcasing examples from the Portland Region. Resources include:
- The non-profit Architecture 2030 setting goals making buildings carbon neutral by 2030,
- ENERGY STAR Target Finder a no-cost online tool enabling architects and building owners to set energy targets and receive an EPA energy performance score, and
- The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG), an online tool from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for exploring and comparing the green dimensions and best practices of the built environment.