Going Green Sustainability Plan
In 2009, REACH began a transformational program aimed at incorporating green practices into our administrative, purchasing, and office procedures. Through a generous grant from the Neighborhood Builders Award of Bank of America, we began implementation of the REACH Going Green Sustainability Plan, designed to transform our overall organizational culture and day-to-day operational practices. REACH believes strongly that livability and sustainability are closely aligned. By incorporating renewable, energy-efficient practices into our current and future affordable housing developments, and throughout our organizational practices, REACH is promoting greater environmental and social health for our community and the planet.
For several years in a row, REACH has consistently ranked among the Top 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine. In 2014, we were named #14 in the state.
In 2012, REACH was designated a member of NeighborWorks America® ‘Green’ Program for our comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. The designation is based on adherence to a set of green business practices across REACH’s affordable housing portfolio and business operations. Read our ‘Partner Profile’ here. View our press release here.
In 2014, REACH signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration, along with hundreds of other leading Oregon businesses urging the public, policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change. It’s a business initiative supporting state action on climate change, and it builds on a national effort led by Ceres and supported by more than 1,000 companies. You can read more about it here.
To download REACH’s Going Green Sustainability Plan, click here.
Green Building Practices
REACH is making a concerted effort to incorporate green practices and innovations in both our housing developments and in our administrative practices.
REACH began incorporating green building practices in 1994 and we now develop all our projects with sustainable features. Green building has several benefits. Green building:
1. Promotes the economic, environmental, and social health of the community.
2. Incorporates renewable or energy-efficient, cost-saving practices and sustainable materials into our building processes.
3. Is better for our residents and the community, by reducing our energy “footprint.”
4. Reduces our operations and maintenance costs and lowers residents’ utility bills.
REACH is a proud member of the United States Green Building Council.
REACH has developed several properties incorporating Green Building practices. A few examples include:
Station Place Tower - Station Place Tower’s large scale and prime location among high-end condominiums allowed REACH to take advantage of innovative systems, local green building expertise and funding from local government sustainability programs. Station Place Tower’s success has inspired interest from all over the world. Station Place includes the largest rainwater harvesting and reuse system for a residential building in the City of Portland. This stormwater management system is a model for future public and private projects developed in Portland and throughout the United States. Station Place Tower received the City of Portland’s BEST Award for the Stormwater Management System in 2005. To learn more:
Station Place Tower Project Overview
The Home Depot Foundation Case Study
Practicing Green Building at Station Place Tower
33rd & Powell Rowhouses - In 2006 REACH completed six row houses for first-time home buyers in Southeast Portland. The green building practices include use of non-toxic materials, native plantings, dual flush toilets and small eco-roofs. The combination of a hydronic heat system, tankless water heater and a SIPS (Structured Insulated Panels) roof creates a very energy-efficient water and air heating system that keeps energy bills low. One of these homes was included in the 2006 Build it Green Tour, sponsored by the Portland Office of Sustainable Development. To learn more, please download the 33rd & Powell Green Building Fact Sheet
Patton Park Apartments - After less than a year of construction, Patton Park Apartments opened in January, 2009. The Overlook neighborhood now has a new 54-unit building for working families, and 4,600 square feet of commercial space. In 2006, Tri-Met selected REACH to build a mixed-use transit-oriented development (TOD) one block from the MAX light rail Killingsworth Station. Units include 12 family-sized 3-bedrooms. This development provides needed affordable housing for a neighborhood faced with gentrification and in need of commercial activity serving local residents. Patton Park features several Green Building innovations. To learn more, please download the Patton Park Apartments Project Overview.