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Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainable buildings -- Design and construction -- Oregon -- Portland


Interview of Alisa Kane by Daniel Woodward at City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, Oregon on November 30th, 2006.

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Alisa Kane has over 5 years of experience working for the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development. She is a Green Building Specialist. Her work includes green capital improvement projects, policy initiatives, community engagement, and partnership development. She earned a Master's in Urban Planning from Portland State University, and speaks often at conferences and public forums on subjects related to her work.


Alisa Kane is the green building manager for the City of Portland. Previous to her current position, she studied at Portland State University. While obtaining her master’s degree, she helped to create the Solid Waste and Recycling Disposable Center. Kane’s first major green remodel project was a 1924-era house where she did a complete remodel to make the home more efficient—using the Rebuilding Center to obtain materials for reuse. The office she works for works with clients to help solve challenging issues regarding sustainable design choices.

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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