The Landscape Architect’s Guide to

Portland, Oregon

Introduction to Sustainable Portland

The Environment & The City

In 1805, President Thomas Jefferson asked Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the Corps of Discovery Expedition. During their journey of discovery, they found that trade and industrial development opportunities in Oregon were limited. Lewis and Clark recognized that Oregon and Portland’s greatest asset was its rich ecology and magnificent landscape.

Today, in Portland, we drink fresh mountain water, use renewable energy, organically clean our stormwater, breathe clean air, limit urban sprawl, and design and build smart, compact developments. All of this is rooted in a respectful relationship with our natural environment.

We work every day to preserve our greatest asset: the beauty and accessibility of our environment. This is the foundation of sustainable Portland.