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Landscape architecture, Sustainable design -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban runoff management


Interview of Christopher Weaver by Gerald Bones at Hillsboro, Oregon on November 29th, 2006.

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Christopher Weaver became the Area Manager for Pacific Landscape Management (PLM) in January 2003. Pacific Landscape Management is a commercial maintenance company, providing year-round care for over 350 commercial properties in the Portland and Vancouver metro area. Oregon Business Magazine named them one of Portland’s Best Green Companies. In 2008 they installed a rain garden to process their rainwater, installed solar panels in 2009, and received a Master Recycler certification from METRO. Christopher Weaver earned a BS in Landscape Contracting from Penn State University in 1995.


At the time of this interview, Christopher Weaver was the Eastside Branch Manager for Pacific Landscape Management (Hillsboro, Oregon). Pacific Landscape Management chooses to incorporate as much sustainable practices in their landscaping projects as possible, while being able to still be competitive and profitable. By encouraging landscaping choices that require less maintenance, especially when it comes to chemical use, it not only helps their company avoid spending time and money on intensive upkeep, but also keeps chemicals out of the water system and off the people and animals that use the landscaped areas. Weaver covers many aspects of how their business model focuses on sustainable practices.

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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