Sustainability at World Trade Center Portland

One World Trade Center’s
LEED EBO&M Program Accomplishment Highlights
WTC receives GOLD 2015

LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) is an internationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance “green” buildings. LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. 1WTC’s ongoing operations and maintenance meet the rigorous sustainability standards of the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance rating system. 1WTC has achieved certification in 2015 at the Gold level. This certification will remain valid for five years, at which time a re-certification process with the goal of on-going improvements and reduced environmental impacts, is planned.

• Energy Efficiency –
WTC is awarded ENERGY STAR for the years from 2008 – 2014 rating of 88, meaning WTC’s energy performance ranks among the 88th percentile of office buildings in the country.

Some notable recent energy efficiency improvement projects includes:
o high efficiency boilers save 57,000 therms/year and $35,000 in energy costs
o fan wall arrays save 55,000 kWh/year and $4,000 in energy costs
o LED exterior lighting throughout the WTC grounds save 121,250 kWh/year and $9,700 in energy costs


Sustainability at World Trade Center Portland

The sustainability movement is strong in Portland and growing at a rate that outpaces many other US Cities.  Here at World Trade Center Portland we realize we are responsible for ensuring our operational practices are environmentally compatible and provide a healthy work environment for tenants and staff.

One way to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability is through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.  This program has been developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) their programs are the standard for the design, operation and construction of high-performance green buildings.  We have achieved Gold level certification for LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB O+M).

We are committed to:
Creating Sustainable operational efficiencies.
Helping our tenants reach their sustainable goals.
Ensuring a safe, managed environment for WTC to enhance the productivity of occupants.

The LEED certification will begin with a waste audit of our recycling program.   We are looking to change the recycling that is currently diverted to the landfill, and increase what is being recycled.  We are also introducing our green cleaning program and developing more ways to improve performance in energy conservation:

• Lighting controls & Light pollution reduction
Throughout, interior lighting controls ensure that lights are not left on unnecessarily during non-business hours, saving electricity and energy costs, while also reducing urban light pollution.

• Clean, Green Power –
WTC supports clean and green power grid by purchasing 100% of its electricity through Portland General Electric’s Clean Wind program and purchasing Green-e-certified carbon offsets for 100% of its natural gas usage.  WTC is purchasing approximately 11,177,584 kWh a year which is the equivalent to avoiding more than 16 million lbs of CO2 per year.

• Water Efficiency –
Replacements of toilets throughout 1WTC with high-performance, 1.28 gallons-per-flush fixtures reduce water consumption by an estimated 1,100,000 gallons and $18,000 in water and sewer charges, annually.

• Recycling and Composting –
WTC is committed to reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. In partnership with Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services, WTC conducted a waste audit in 2014 to understand its waste stream and opportunities to reduce it. 1WTC diverts currently from landfills, 65 percent of its waste stream through recycling, composting and reusing, and has a long-term goal of 80%.

• Green Cleaning Program –
WTC’s comprehensive green custodial program follows stringent sustainability standards for cleaning products, equipment, and practices, all contributing to a clean and healthy indoor environment for building occupants and maintenance staff.  WTC is purchasing approximately 11,177,584 kWh a year which is the equivalent to avoiding more than 16 million lbs of CO2 per year.

• Integrated Pest Management Program –
WTC’s integrated pest management program takes an effective and environmentally-sensitive approach to control urban pests. Common-sense, science-based practices based on prevention, monitoring and least-toxic methods minimize the exposure of human and wildlife to hazardous chemicals commonly used in pesticides.

• Healthy Indoor Air Quality –
The HVAC equipment serving 1WTC is tested periodically to ensure that ample fresh, outside air is supplied throughout the building.

All of the outside air serving 1WTC is filtered extensively ( MERV 14) to capture any potential contaminants before they enter the building’s heating, cooling and ventilation system.

Entryway walk-off mats at all regularly-used entries catch from building users’ shoes potential dust, debris contaminants from before entering the building.

• Commuter Transportation Alternatives –
More than 50% of 1WTC’s building employees choose to commute by bus, light rail, carpool, bicycle or walking – all contributing to reduced traffic congestion, less vehicular emissions and pollution, and more active, healthy lifestyles.


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