Oregon Convention Center Earns Country's First Convention Center LEED Recertification

The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., has been recertified with a LEED-EB Silver rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), it announced this week. The building is the nation's first convention center to achieve recertification at a higher LEED rating.

"I am thrilled to be recognized as one of the first convention centers in the country to be recertified LEED-EB Silver by the leading experts in sustainability," Oregon Convention Center Director Jeff Blosser said in a statement. "This is a testament to the commitment shared by our employees, customers, visitors and elected officials to operate a clean, green public facility and I am extremely proud of this accomplishment."

USGBC's LEED-EB Silver rating is bestowed on existing buildings that receive sustainability upgrades in the areas of operation, maintenance and capital improvements. The Oregon Convention Center partnered with Portland-based Green Building Systems in order to make improvements that would earn it enough points for Silver certification, which requires making air quality and building improvements, as well as having energy-efficient systems, recycling programs and facilities, eco-conscious exterior maintenance programs, and environmentally friendly cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Among other specific improvements that helped it achieve LEED's Silver rating, the Oregon Convention Center installed low-flow plumbing fixtures, made adjustments to its HVAC systems and purchased 40 percent renewable wind power.

"Achieving a LEED-EB Silver rating makes good business sense for the Oregon Convention Center," said David Woolson, CEO of Oregon's Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (MERC), which operates the convention center. "As the steward of the Pacific Northwest's largest convention facility, we take pride in our environmental leadership and hope our actions will motivate other public and private facilities to do the same."

For more information about the Oregon Convention Center, visit www.oregoncc.org.