click on the headings below to find out how you can increase your sustainability at home.


Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing utility costumers with low-cost, clean Energy solutions. Energy Trust information, technical services, engineering studies, cash-back incentives, and contractor connections help homeowners, renters, multifamily property owners, small and large businesses, manufacturers, and other customers use less energy, generate clean, renewable power, and protect the environment. 

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. 

BPS collaborates with community partners to provide:

  • Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
  • Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
  • Policy and actions to address climate change.

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides assistance and incentives to residents on lots less than one acre, within the cities of Portland, Lake Oswego, Gresham and Fairview, to restore native habitat in their backyards. There are four program elements: removal of aggressive weeds, naturescaping with native plants, stormwater management and wildlife stewardship.

Local Sources for Native Plants

Find local sources of native plants here, including local plant sales, as well as retail, wholesale and native plant seed suppliers.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

An ADU is a second dwelling unit created on a lot with a house, attached house or manufactured home. The second unit is created auxiliary to, and is smaller than, the main dwelling. ADUs can be created in a variety of ways, including conversion of a portion of an existing house, addition to an existing house, conversion of an existing garage, or the construction of an entirely new building. ADUs provide alternative housing with a smaller environmental footprint and can be an opportunity for rental income.

Sustainable Housing Resources

For even more sustainability information, check out Oregon First's list of resources.