Maps of successful projects
Find low-impact projects in the Portland region with Connect the Drops. A map and 22-page database, it catalogs site names and addresses of swales, rain gardens, wetlands, stormwater planters and porous pavements.
The Green Design Atlas maps commercial buildings and sustainable site development in the Portland region. Details include names of property owners, contractors, architects, and images. Searches can be tailored to various LEED statuses or types of projects.
Case studies and guides
Portland’s Planning and Sustainability’s Green Building page links to local residential and commercial case studies, and to sites covering sustainable and historic preservation, district-scale development and other topics.
Metro’s Guides to Safe and Healthy Streets are four booklets on urban street design.
Facts, definitions and questions answered
Portland’s Green Building 411 is an “ask-an-expert” tool and list of FAQ.
Low impact development practices terms and definitions
Room by room guidance
The Green Home Remodel Guide from the City of Seattle is a series of image-filled booklets on low impact design and materials along with advice for a home’s lighting, landscaping, roofing, kitchens and other rooms.
Resources beyond the region
The Low Impact Development Center covers LID technology.
The Whole Building Design Guide by the National Institute of Building Sciences is an information clearinghouse.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the place to start when pursuing a LEED certification, and a site for education and advocacy. Greenbuild is the council’s annual conference and expo.
The 2009 Regional Urban Forestry Assessment analyzes topics such as tree removal, trees in the public right-of-way and urban forestry management in the Metro region. It was prepared by Portland State University and the Audubon Society of Portland.