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Title: City of Portland: Businesses for an environmentally sustainable tomorrow

Abstract

The sustainable business development program in Portland (OR) is known as BEST. BEST stands for Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow. The Portland Energy Office operates BEST as a {open_quotes}one-stop service center{close_quotes} for business owners and managers. BEST provides information and assistance on resource efficient buildings and business practices. The results of BEST`s two years of operation have been generally impressive. Nearly 150 new or expanding businesses have been connected with utility design assistance programs. Businesses have also received assistance with water conservation, telecommuting, construction debris recycling, and alternative fuel vehicles. BEST has received local and national publicity and BEST services have been the topic at more than a dozen conferences, meetings, or other speaking engagements. A guidebook for communities wishing to start a similar program will be available in early 1996.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Urban Consortium Energy Task Force, Chicago, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
258152
Report Number(s):
DOE/CE/16067-8(Rev)
ON: DE96012883; TRN: 96:004132
DOE Contract Number:
FC02-92CE16067
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Dec 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; WASTE MANAGEMENT; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; OREGON; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; ENERGY CONSERVATION; MUNICIPAL WASTES; MARKETING; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; RECOMMENDATIONS

Citation Formats

NONE. City of Portland: Businesses for an environmentally sustainable tomorrow. United States: N. p., 1995. Web. doi:10.2172/258152.
NONE. City of Portland: Businesses for an environmentally sustainable tomorrow. United States. doi:10.2172/258152.
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