As Oregon’s first green neighborhood, South Waterfront, in South Portland, is the largest green development in the country.  The neighborhood utilizes energy saving and water conservation techniques to lessen the neighborhood’s carbon footprint.  According to the South Waterfront website, “living in South Waterfront is good for you, and the planet.”

South Waterfront has a bioswale filtration system.  Bioswale filtration systems are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.  The system includes a swaled drainage course with sloped sides.  A swale is a small trough created to carry water, or a drainage ditch.  The bioswale filtration system is filled with vegetation, compost, and/or riprap, also known as rubble, or rock and other material used to armor shorelines.  The way the water flows is supposed to maximize the time water spends in the swale, or ditch, which helps trap pollutants and silt.

The neighborhood includes LEED certified buildings as well.  LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”

In other words, LEED is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in terms of green energy and environmental good.  LEED has nearly 9 billion square feet of building space that participates in the suit of rating systems.  It also has 1.6 million feet certifying per day around the world.  The process to get LEED certified includes a third-party verification that a building, home, or neighborhood was designed and built with sustainability, efficiency, and environmental quality in mind.  The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000.

The Portland Aerial Tram is also very energy-efficient.  Looking for some fresh, safe salmon?  Look no further than South Waterfront.  The neighborhood has been certified as Salmon Safe after a PhD level panel of experts tested the water.  According to their website, “This certification is a reflection of the neighborhood’s commitment to responsible management practices that reduce storm water runoff and non-point source pollution, helping to protect Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds.”

If you’re looking for somewhere green and environmentally friendly to live, check out South Portland’s South Waterfront neighborhood today.

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