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), thier 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 1WTC, 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.
- 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.
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 include:
- high efficiency boilers save 57,000 therms/year and $35,000 in energy costs
- fan wall arrays save 55,000 kWh/year and $4,000 in energy costs
- LED exterior lighting throughout the WTC grounds save 121,250 kWh/year and $9,700 in energy costs
Alternative Transportation Options to Reach World Trade Center Portland
TriMet Bus Service
TriMet buses service much of the Portland metro area. Tri-Met has over 90 bus lines throughout the entire area. There are 12 Bus stops within 3 blocks of the World Trade Center with 15 bus lines serving these stops which run every 15 minutes.
Many bus lines connect with MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and the Portland Streetcar.
TriMet Light rail MAX
Tri-Met’s MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) connects downtown Portland to many parts of the Portland Metro area. MAX provides high-frequency access to downtown with easy access to free park-n-ride locations. MAX lines Connect downtown Portland with Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, North/Northeast Portland and the Portland International Airport.
The downtown MAX lines are located two – three blocks North of the WTC complex.
Tri-Met’s WES (Westside Express Service)
WES is a commuter rail line serving the Southern Area of the Portland Metro area including Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. WES has a connecting Transit Center in Beaverton that connects to MAX Light rail.
The Portland Streetcar connects NW Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center, PSU, South Waterfront, the Rose Quarter, the Lloyd District, the Convention Center and OMSI.
C-Tran Bus Service
The C-Tran routes connect downtown Portland to Vancouver Washington. C-Tran has 4 connecting routes from the Vancouver Area to the Delta Park/Vanport Max Station.
TriMet.org can provides assistance for your destination planning using their Trip planner.
“The best way to get around Portland is public transportation… This city is known for having one of the easiest and most tourist-friendly public transportation systems in the country, with extensive routes from TriMet buses and light-rail trains.”
— U.S. News & World Report,
Arrive at the World Trade Center by bike! There are bike lanes on Hawthorn Bridge crossing the Beautiful Willamette River.
Plan your bicycle trip to downtown trip by using Google Maps or ridethecity.com/portland.
For Google, Simply click on “Get Directions” and select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu. For ridethecity enter your “where from?” and “Where to?” Designated bicycle parking is available along Salmon Street on the South side of 1WTC and bike racks are available for tenants in designated secure areas. Most bike parking is covered.
Consider carpooling with friends or neighbors to World Trade Center. Carpooling is when two or more people travel together in one vehicle to their destination. Carpooling can be flexible and can usually accommodate everyone’s needs. By carpooling, you free up parking spaces, reduce traffic congestion, reduce your carbon footprint and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
Electric Vehicle Charging Options
HOW TO CHARGE YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AT WORLD TRADE CENTER – PORTLAND
Thanks for choosing to drive electric!
The World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon, serves as the headquarters for Portland General Electric, so there are many electric vehicle charging options!
The charging station on the street at SW 1st and Salmon provides Level 2 charging for two cars. That takes 4-8 hours to charge a typical EV battery, depending on how much power you have remaining when you roll up. The City of Portland charges $1.60 per hour for parking; there is currently no additional fee for the use of the charging station. There is no quick charging on the street near WTC.
There are several level 2 charging stations in the 2WTC garage on the P1 level. You’ll see them straight ahead as you enter the garage, driving down the ramp.
2WTC-P1 level are 7 spots (1 is for PGE-EV only and 6 others)
2WTC-P2 Reserved/Secured area has 5 spots (1 is PGE-EV only and 4 others)