Our Efforts

PBS goes well beyond just providing services that support sustainable industries and development. PBS’ owners and staff are committed to internal sustainable actions in our work place. This is imperative for us to credibly support our clients in their evolution toward greener business practices.
Please explore the interesting projects we work on and aspects of our business that we monitor and take pride in.

In 1998, PBS relocated its Headquarters. Instead of building new, we chose to redevelop an existing abandoned building in the Corbett neighborhood. The circa 1914 building was renovated re-using major structural components such as a historic brick façade and 56-foot span timber trusses. The renovated building is a certified Earth Advantage green building, and serves as a model for our firm in addition to a highly desirable work environment.

PBS is in the process of expanding our Portland campus. During the summer of 2007 we purchased two buildings adjacent to our headquarters to accommodate our continued growth. These buildings are in the early stages of renovation and will incorporate many sustainable elements including an exterior “green wall,” recycled and sustainable materials and energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems.

PBS has an extensive internal recycling system in our offices. Approximately three large garbage cans are diverted to recycling each week from the Headquarters in Portland.

Recycled materials include: Newspaper, Cardboard, Paper, Magazines, Glass, Plastic (various types), Steel, Aluminum, Scrap Metal, Electronics, books, and more! All recycling is sorted at Far West Fiber’s public depot in Southeast Portland.

We believe that someday everything we use will be recycled. PBS demonstrates that very well within our Deconstruction Planning Services, but the less visible and often most challenging, is within our own operations. PBS staff is passionate about finding local recyclers. Less than 5 percent of our business waste is treated as solid waste.

Zero waste is achievable!

We recognize the significant environmental impacts from our travel choices and we take a holistic view in reducing those impacts.

We attempt to locate our offices in central locations served by public transit. We encourage alternative forms of transportation by offering free TriMet passes to all of the Portland employees and providing bike racks and showers for those who cycle to work.

Half of PBS’ fleet vehicles* are gas-electric hybrids. Our diesel trucks run on biodiesel when possible.

For visitors to our Portland office wishing to use public transportation, the TriMet Trip Planner tool is available to assist with planning the most efficient route. Bike parking is also available in front of the office, and a bicycle tire repair kit, air pump, and spare lock are available for use should the need arise.

These efforts help to reduce PBS’ carbon footprint and overall environmental impacts from vehicle travel.

PBS Engineering + Environmental supports several charitable organizations annually by volunteering and financial donations. Some of these organizations include:

Albertina Kerr Centers Kerr works with children who have extraordinary emotional or mental health challenges, individuals with severe developmental disabilities, and their families, creating new possibilities for a better life. For more information visit www.albertinakerr.org

American Red Cross A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For more information visit www.redcross.org

Doctors without Borders An independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. For more information visit: www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Happy Trails Riding Center (HTRC) Enhancing the lives of people through horsemanship emphasizing service to people with disabilities and special needs. For more information visit www.htrc.com

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society A national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. For more information visit www.leukemia-lymphoma.org

Oregon State University Foundation The Oregon State University Foundation is a private, nonprofit, corporation affiliated with the University. All fundraising and investment activities of the Foundation are limited to benefiting Oregon State University. The Foundation assets and earnings are distributed to colleges, departments and programs of the University per donor directions or, if funds are unrestricted, per the direction of the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Trustees. For more information visit www.osufoundation.org

SOLV SOLV brings together government agencies, businesses and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. For more information visit www.solv.org

PBS has set aside a fund and offers a matching gift program to selected organizations which are supported by staff. In order for an organization to be considered for a match by PBS, it must be a registered nonprofit (Sports teams, religious and political organizations would generally not qualify).

Whenever possible, PBS makes an effort to purchase local and sustainable products. All of our paper products are made from recycled material, all new appliances purchased meet Energy Star standards, and less harmful office supplies are purchased when available.

We also provide organic coffee, fruits and vegetables to employees and guests, and choose local restaurants that use minimal packaging to cater meetings and events.


* Use of fleet vehicles: Fleet vehicles are pre-assigned to specific work crews, such as our survey teams.