Useful Resources

Useful Documents and Resources

If you’re looking for some easy education with regards to different aspects of the visitor industry, technology, social media, meeting planning or any number of other areas of interest in travel and tourism, check these websites.

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Green Resources

Travel Portland recognizes the following Green Certifications held by the association’s partners. Note that we are not a certifying authority — see the links below for information about the specific certifications.

Recognized Sustainability Certifications

For more information on Travel Portland’s green resources program and guidelines for being listed, please contact Tamara Kennedy-Hill: tamara@travelportland.com.

 

LOCAL CERTIFICATIONS

Program Contact Information Eligibility Environmental Focus
Best Awards
BEST Awards(Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow)
Phone: 503.823.7222
website
Businesses and non-profits located in the Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton OR-WA Primary Statistical Area (PMSA) Excellence in business practices that promote economic growth and environmental benefits
Business Recycling Awards
Business Recycling Awards
Phone: 503.353.4465
website
All businesses in Clackamas County Recycling, waste prevention, buying recycled content items
EarthWISE
EarthWISE Workplace Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise
Phone: 503.588.5169, ext. 5920
website
All businesses in Marion County Recycling, waste reduction and prevention, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation, water pollution prevention, outreach and education
Great Businesses
Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance to Businesses
Phone: 503.618.2694
website
All business in Gresham and Wood Village Water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, watershed pollution prevention, waste water management, energy efficiency
Sustainability at Work
Sustainability at Work
Phone: 503.823.7037
website
All Portland businesses with three or more employees Reducing carbon emissions, recycling, preventing waste, buying recycled content items, educating staff, and other environmental operations. Three levels of certification.Sustainability at Work certification builds on the success of Portland Climate Champions and Recycle at Work Award winners.
Washington County Recycle at Work Program
Washington County Recycle at Work Program
Phone: 503.846.8609
website
All businesses in Washington County (except Beaverton) Recycling, waste prevention, buying recycled content items

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC: TOURISM AND MEETING PLANNING

Program Contact Information Eligibility Environmental Focus
Green Coach Certification Green Coach Certification
Phone: 802.782.4753
website
Motorcoach and tour operators Using fuel-efficient engines, reducing emissions, offsetting emissions, using alternative fuels, conserving energy, recycling and/or incorporating other emerging environmental technologies.
Green Globe
Green Globe
Phone: 720.273.2975
website
Travel and tourism companies, communities and ecotourism products Energy conservation; water conservation; reduction of waste and waste recycling; commitment and contribution to the community; reduced and responsible use of paper, cleaning products and pesticides
iCompli
GMIC
iCompli – certified compliance to ASTM Level 1 Destination Standard for Event SustainabilityPhone: 203.447.2817iCompli: BPA WorldwideAPEX/ASTM certification Destinations; meeting venues; accommodations; and food and beverage, exhibition, audio visual and ground transportation service providers Waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, staff management policy, communications and community partners
MeetGreen
MeetGreen
Phone: 503.252.5458
website
Businesses holding conferences and events Assessment of meeting’s environmental impact in eight categories: destination, accommodations, event venue, transportation, food and beverage, exhibition production, communications and marketing, and on-site office procedures
Sustainable Travel International
Sustainable Travel International STEP Certification
Phone: 800.276.7764
website
Tour operators, accommodations, attractions, community-based tourism, transportation service providers Environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic health

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC: LODGING, BUILDINGS AND REAL ESTATE

Program Contact Information Eligibility Environmental Focus
Earth Advantage S.T.A.R certification
Earth Advantage S.T.A.R certification
Phone: 888.327.8433
website
Realtors, inspectors, appraisers and related industries in the Portland metro region Educating real estate professionals on the fundamentals that make up a green home: energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency and environmental responsibility.
Green Seal
Green Seal
Phone: 202.872.6400
website
Lodging operations, from multimillion dollar hotels to small bed & breakfasts Reducing pollution and waste; promoting recycling, energy and water efficiency; encouraging environmentally preferable purchasing; allowing properties to market that they are green; helping travelers identify green accommodations; attracting green travelers, meetings and conferences
LEED — Green Building Council
LEED — Green Building Council
Phone: 503.228.5533
website
Commercial buildings and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild
OBBG Green(Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild)
Phone: 800.944.6196
website
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild partners located in Oregon Three levels of certification for operations, mechanical upgrades and building practices, including Reduce,Reuse,Recycle; composting; energy efficiency; water use; landscaping.

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC: AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SERVICE

Program Contact Information Eligibility Environmental Focus
Demeter USA
Demeter USA
Phone: 541.929.7148
website
Farms and producers of agriculturally based products including wine, cheese, produce and olive oil Demeter USA is the world’s only certifier of biodynamic farms and products. Demeter Certified Biodynamic farms avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers; use compost and cover crops; and dedicate at least 10% of total acreage to biodiversity. Demeter Certified Biodynamic products must be made with certified biodynamic ingredients and meet strict processing standards.
Food Alliance
Food Alliance
Phone: 720.273.2975
website
Farmers, ranchers and food handlers (packagers, not restaurants) Pesticide reduction, soil and water conservation; wildlife habitat conservation; safe and fair working conditions; food quality; safety; reduced use of toxins and hazardous materials; resource management and recycling
Green Restaurant Association
Green Restaurant Association
Phone: 858.452.7378
website
Restaurants Elimination of Styrofoam; recycling; completion of four new green initiatives each year
Low Input Viticulture & Enology, Inc.
Low Input Viticulture & Enology, Inc.
Phone: 503.584.7274
website
Vineyards Sustainable vineyard management based on Swiss viticulture standard (IOBC): improving grape quality, diversification of the agro-ecosystem; reducing chemical inputs (pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, etc.)
Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine
Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine
Phone: 503.228.8336
website
Grape growers, winemakers Combines third-party certifications to help consumers identify wine produced using responsible agricultural and winemaking practices.
Oregon Tilth
Oregon Tilth
Phone: 503.378.0690
website
Commercial producers, processors, handlers, marketers of organic products, food and livestock Encouraging growers to create farm systems which improve soils and require minimal intervention for pest control

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Program Contact Information Eligibility Environmental Focus
Council for Responsible Sport
Council for Responsible Sport
Phone: 503.922.1589
website
All sporting events CRS green events adhere to principles set forth in five categories: waste, climate, materials/ equipment, community/ outreach, and health promotion.
Energy Star
Energy Star
Phone: 720.273.2975
website
Retailers, manufacturers, utilities, small businesses, appliances, housing Energy efficiency
Forest Stewardship Council
Forest Stewardship Council
Phone: 202.342.0413
website
Forests; paper merchants, manufacturers and printers; wood products suppliers and manufacturers Environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically feasible forestry practices
Pacific Power Blue Sky Program
Pacific Power Blue Sky Program
Phone: 888-221-7070
website
Pacific Power customers Customers purchase renewable energy in fixed increments or for 100 percent of usage. Program also supports local community-based renewable energy projects and restoration of native fish habitat. Levels of partnership awarded based on amount of power purchased; supporter or higher level required for Travel Portland green listing.
Salmon Safe
Salmon Safe
Phone: 503.232.3750
website
Food service; agriculture, parks and natural areas; corporate and university campuses Restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive
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