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Cascadia GBC and Natural Step to Join Forces

Jason McLennan, Cascadia CEO

The Natural Step US and the Cascadia Green Building Council have announced that they will merge operations.

The two Portland, Oregon-based organizations both offer training, workshops, and other consulting services for businesses wishing to pursue sustainability, with Cascadia focusing on green building and The Natural Step focusing on the systems and communities that affect corporate culture.

By combining these two areas of concern, the organizations hope to streamline resources while widening the scope of their work.

“You can’t get to the place we’re hoping to get to without affecting both the corporate world and the built environment, so it really seems like a great fit to take a more integrated, holistic approach,” said Cascadia CEO Jason McLennan, AIA. The Natural Step has helped a number of large corporations and communities rethink sustainability efforts, while Cascadia, the regional chapter of both the Canada and U.S. Green Building Councils, is perhaps best known for launching the Living Building Challenge.

The Eco-Sense House in Victoria, British Columbia received partial Living Building Challenge certification.

A competitive environment for sustainability-focused nonprofit groups contributed to the move, according to Sustainable Industries. For more information, see Cascadia's website.


Published January 13, 2011

Melton, P. (2011, January 13). Cascadia GBC and Natural Step to Join Forces. Retrieved from

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