Our Strategic Partner & Supporting Members
The Build Local Alliance greatly values its partnerships with our strategic partner and supporting members, including those listed below. Our strategic partner and supporting members are non-profits, non-wood related businesses and individuals interested in furthering the BLA’s mission. If you are interested in becoming a supporting member, please click here for an application.
Our Strategic Partner
Sustainable Northwest In the summer of 2012, the Build Local Alliance entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to become “strategic partners” with Sustainable Northwest. The BLA is excited to partner with Sustainable Northwest, a non-profit in Portland that finds innovative solutions for healthy landscapes and vibrant communities. They have been instrumental in leading the development and promotion of local, responsibly grown wood.
Cascadia Green Building Council is a chapter of the United States Green Building Council and Canada Green Building Council. They are also a program of the International Living Future Institute. Cascadia GBC helps set the global vision for the transformation toward true sustainability while supporting place-based solutions that will bring us to the future we hope for. They been actively promoting and supporting LEED® since their founding in 1999, and continue to do so by educating practitioners and defending the integrity of this extremely important and influential standard.
Columbia River Tile & Stone Inc. is a tile contractor in Portland, Oregon specializing in artistic tile and stone installation including complete kitchen and bathroom remodeling. At Columbia River Tile & Stone, nearly a lifetime of working with these materials has taught them reverence for their inherent beauty, and knowledge of the characteristics that make one tile or stone more suitable for a particular job than another. With their creative design, experienced craftsmanship and careful attention to detail they ensure that each project results in a lifetime of elegance and value.
Earth Advantage Institute is a Portland-based non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. They use an innovation model that transforms their real-world experience into products and services that advance building performance. Earth Advantage certifies, researches, educates and incubates ideas to help realize a building industry that harmonizes with the natural environment.
Ecotrust is a Portland-based non-profit whose mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
A “new paradigm” in the practice of engineering requires that a technically viable design solution cannot compromise the social, ecological, or economic health of any part of the world or its peoples. New Paradigm Engineering is committed to a holistic approach to civil and structural engineering that seeks to integrate these criteria into the engineering design process.
Northwest Natural Resource Group is a non-profit whose current priority is to support the growth of a profitable, sustainable, and environmentally sound timber industry in Washington State, primarily through their Northwest Certified Forestry program for small landowners. NNRG has been a long-time advocate for Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certification in the Northwest and continues to work to make certification affordable, functional, and accessible to everyone participating in the forest products economy. Their newest program, Watershed Innovation, focuses on providing access for small landowners to emerging markets for ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water quality, and wildlife habitat and aggregating the positive impacts these landowners can have on a larger watershed scale.
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a tax-deductible non-profit community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.
Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and Extension Service teamed up to create the Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC). OWIC’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of Oregon’s wood products industry by fostering innovation in products, processes, and business systems. A key function of the Center is to serve as the primary link between university research and needs and opportunities in the forest industry.
West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is here to serve you, whether it is with your forest or farm land, invasive weeds, livestock management, grant funding, habitat restoration, or urban gardens. They are a municipal agency, governed by an elected board of directors. They serve private landowners in their district, which covers over 80,000 acres in Multnomah County, west of the Willamette River including all of Sauvie Island. Conservation Districts were established by the federal government after the devastation of the Dust Bowl in the early 1930s, allowing each community to make decisions about the unique set of issues in their own backyards and watersheds.