Ater Wynne is pleased to announce it has, once again, achieved Sustainability at Work’s Gold Certification for its outstanding leadership in making Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. Ater Wynne had previously achieved the Gold Certification when the City of Portland Sustainability at Work program began in 2013.
To earn this honor, Ater Wynne’s Green Team completed numerous actions to benefit our local economy, our community and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with a City of Portland Sustainability at Work Advisor.
Ater Wynne's significant achievements include the following:
About Sustainability at Work through the City of Portland
Sustainability at Work offers comprehensive, free resources and expertise for Portland organizations seeking to create a more sustainable workplace. These services are tailored to help each business conserve resources, improve efficiency, save money and provide a healthy and quality workspace for employees. To recognize and promote the work of businesses that have taken comprehensive and concrete actions to reduce carbon emissions, Sustainability at Work provides certification that is valid for three years (2016 to 2019).
With the Oregon Senate’s approval of House Bill 2734 today, Land Bank Authority legislation is on its way to the governor. Doug MacCourt, a partner with Ater Wynne LLP in Portland and one of the founding members of the Oregon Brownfield Coalition, helped draft and pass HB 2734 to give local governments across Oregon a new tool in cleaning up and redeveloping the state’s estimated 13,000 contaminated properties or “Brownfields.”
For more information, please call Mr. MacCourt at 503-226-8672.
Doug MacCourt, Ater Wynne Partner and Chair of the Land Use and Redevelopment practice, played a key role in drafting and supporting this new bill through the legislature. Mr. MacCourt has been a leader in brownfields legislation starting with Oregon’s landmark revision to cleanup laws in 1995. Doug was a member of Oregon’s first Brownfields Task Force, created by the 1995 legislature, whose recommendations included the establishment of the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and other cleanup funding sources at Business Oregon. In the 1990’s, Mr. MacCourt created and managed the City of Portland Brownfield Redevelopment Program where he successfully negotiated and implemented redevelopment of residential, commercial, mixed use, industrial and transportation projects throughout the Metro area.
“Oregon’s Land Bank Authority will be the first of its kind in the U.S focused solely on the cleanup and reuse of brownfields” according to MacCourt. “The Oregon Brownfields Coalition also supports the recapitalization of Business Oregon’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and will continue its efforts on tax incentives to promote community revitalization of brownfields across the state.”
Here is the full news release from the Oregon State Legislature.
For a sixth consecutive year, Ater Wynne has been named one of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine. The firm was also recognized as the highest ranking law firm on the list. The list was determined by an anonymous employee survey in 2013 and an independent assessment of the employer's sustainable practices.
The survey included questions on the organization's support for waste reduction; reuse and recycling; renewable energy and conservation; alternative modes of transportation ; use of nontoxic materials; environmental stewardship; and employee recognition and rewards for meeting or exceeding energy and waste-reduction goals.