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Renee Loveland

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Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainable buildings -- Design and construction, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, Energy Analysis


Interview of Renee Loveland by Jena Orr at Gerding Edlen, Portland, Oregon on November 17th, 2010.

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Renee Loveland has been the development manager for Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions since 2008, the same year she was honored with the Betterbricks Advocate Award. She is LEED accredited, and holds a BA in International Relations from the American University of Paris. She has experience managing sustainability and LEED efforts across Gerding Edlen's development portfolio, including LEED certification efforts, energy analysis, incentives, marketing, education, outreach, and advocacy. She also served a three-year term on the City of Portland's Development Review Advisory Committee.


Rene Loveland is interviewed by Jena Orr on November 17th 2010. Loveland is the Director of the Built Environment Division at Gerding Edlen in Portland, Oregon. Loveland explains how she became the director and what her job entails (which includes being the point person in her department for sustainability and its potential applications in the design world. Loveland specializes in energy retrofitting and is credited for using LEED design in most projects. She describes the process of how a building becomes LEED certified through the evaluation process and believes that with greater knowledge of environmental impacts, individuals will become more invested in sustainable development. Loveland also discusses the Cascadia chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and how they began the Living Building Challenge, which aims to create buildings that sustain themselves as well as contribute energy or resources back into the environment.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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