Building Design+Construction | Green Zone 2012

Oregon SolutionsGreenZone Partner

Oregon Solutions

The Oregon Solutions Green Modular Classroom project arose from a multi-year effort by Portland State University, the American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter, and Oregon-based manufacturer Blazer Industries to create a greener, healthier modular classroom for students across the state and beyond. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber designated this effort as an Oregon Solutions project and appointed Dennis Wilde, Chief Sustainability Officer at Gerding Edlen Development Company and an expert in sustainable building, as convener of a multi-sector team.

The team began meeting in August 2011 to focus on designing, developing, testing, and monitoring a prototype of the modular classroom at a school or other educational facility. The Oregon Solutions team's long term aim is to advance healthier and more productive learning environments for children on a statewide, national, and even international scale. This project has obvious environmental benefits, will make better use of resources, and has the potential to improve Oregon's economy by capitalizing on the state and national portable classroom market.

This project addresses the Triple Bottom Line of Oregon's Sustainable Community Objectives and advances Oregon's reputation as a leader in sustainability.