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Oregon Sustainability Center poised to receive federal grant

August 05, 2010
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PORTLAND, OR — The world''s greenest large-scale building that hasn''t been built yet just may get a $300,000 boost from Congress, according to The Oregonian.
Plans for the $75 million Oregon Sustainability Center moved forward Wednesday after Portland city commissioners gave permission to start design work on the building with the Oregon University System, the article stated.
The 150,000-square-foot, multistory structure would house Portland State University classrooms, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, nonprofit offices and private businesses, the article noted.
According to the article, the building would use only water that falls onsite and only its own solar power: To make that work, future tenants would have to agree to higher building temperatures in the summer and lower temperatures in the winter.
At Wednesday''s packed council hearing, Representative David Wu and representatives of Oregon''s two Senators announced a $300,000 appropriation for the center tucked in the Senate Water and Energy Bill, the article added.
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