Portland continues to expand its reputation as a beacon for green business. Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article on how sustainable development and renewable energy businesses are giving a much-needed boost to Portland’s commercial real estate market. There is much excitement surrounding Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems’ recent announcement that it will be building a new North American headquarters in Portland. The article also highlights German solar energy manufacturer, SolarWorld, and Spanish renewable energy developer, Iberdrola Renovables, both of which have opened large offices in the greater Portland area.

Not only are green businesses flocking to Portland, but existing Portland businesses are also embarking on environmentally friendly real estate development. Stoel Rives recently announced plans to move into a platinum-LEED certified building in the largest downtown office move in Portland history. The firm will be relocating to Park Avenue West, a building that will feature an abundance of daylight, energy efficient lighting and light controls, efficient water usage, and various other elements of a platinum-LEED designation. For more information on Stoel Rives’ relocation to greener office pastures, click here.