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About Sustainability at Work


Sustainability at Work was formed in 2007 as a solution for businesses lacking in time, budget and expertise and who want to improve their environmental practices. The program’s services have been informed by national and local research, input from hundreds of Portland businesses and by the technical expertise of our partners. Since its launch, the program has helped thousands of Portland businesses advance green initiatives in the workplace — from small start-ups and nonprofits to large corporations.

Contact us

Email: sustainabilityatwork@portlandoregon.gov

Phone: 503-823-7037

Sustainability at Work Staff

When you sign up for our program, you will be contacted by one of our Sustainability Advisors who will serve as your sustainability expert. Our Advisors have widely varied and diverse backgrounds, which enables us to match you with the best possible contact for your specific type of organization. 

Genevieve Joplin

Genevieve brings more than seven years establishing successful recycling and composting programs with businesses. Genevieve offers assistance across many technical areas—including energy, water and transportation. She is skilled at conducting staff trainings and is well-versed in industry practices at event centers, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels.

Paul de Block

With seventeen years of experience in resource efficiency, Paul has helped hundreds of businesses reduce their environmental impacts. His current focus is on assisting restaurants, caterers, commissaries and other commercial kitchens. Every dollar saved on energy, water and sewer costs strengthens a kitchen’s profitability.

Our partners

When you work with one of our Sustainability Advisors, they serve as the contact point between you and all of our partners and provides you with all of the information you need for greening all aspects of your business from recycling to energy and water usage.

Our program wouldn’t exist without the support of our partners:


Making the Portland metropolitan area an extraordinary place to live, work and play.

City of Portland Water Bureau

The Water Bureau offers small businesses customized technical assistance for reducing their water usage. Staff can provide answers to specific questions, create a water-use history report, identify potential savings and provide an on-site evaluation of water using devices based on your specific needs.

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Working to give Portland a better future and a better now.

Energy Trust of Oregon

An independent nonprofit organization helping Oregonians benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources.