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Examples of this pattern in action:

City of Portland Green Building Program
The City of Portland's Green Building Initiative is an integrated, conservation-based effort to promote resource-efficient building and sustainable site design practices throughout the City. The effort coordinates the expertise and resources of six City bureaus — Energy, Environmental Services, General Services, Planning and Development Review, Portland Development Commission, and Water — to deliver comprehensive services to the development and building community, home owners, businesses, and the City's own project and facilities managers.

Checklist for Environmentally Responsible Design and Material Selection
Checklist for Environmentally Responsible Design and Material Selection

Sleeping Lady Retreat and Conference Center
Conservation Methods at Sleeping Lady

Natural Capital Center
The development of the Natural Capital Center will respect the integrity and elegance of this century-old structure while striving to advance the arts of ecological design. Passive systems and low-tech solutions will optimize natural energy and light, and reduce long-term operating costs. Interior spaces will be designed with a "loose fit," enabling the center to evolve and adapt as both occupants and times change. The building will be smart-wired to accommodate changing telecommunications.

"Green' building approach starting to put down roots
Environmentally friendly construction, or "green building" as it is often called, aims to achieve sustainability by incorporating principles, techniques and materials that conserve natural resources and improve environmental quality throughout a building's entire life-cycle.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:


Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

U.S. Green Building Council - NW Chapter

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild


Alexander, Christopher, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein, et al. A Pattern Language. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. 1977.

Barnett, Diana Lopez and William D. Browning. A Primer on Sustainable Building. Rocky Mountain Institute. Old Snowmass, CO. 1995.

Wilson, Alex, Jen Uncapher and Lisa, et al McManigal. Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate. John Wiley and Sons. New York, NY. 1998.

Zeiher, Laura C. The Ecology of Architecture. Whitney Library of Design. New York, NY. 1996.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling