Mass Timber Housing Ecosystem Assessment –

As a piece of our planning grant for a Mass Timber Housing Center of Innovation Excellence designation under Business Oregon, a landscape assessment on the mass timber housing industry in Oregon was recently completed. The report dives into the modular and mass timber construction industries, the mass timber modular ecosystem, workforce and entrepreneurship opportunities in this space, and the potential for mass timber modular housing factories. A huge thank you to our partners at the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, Port of Portland, Trillium Advisors, and EcoNorthwest for making this report happen. Check it out here.

A High School Student Serving the State’s Environmental Justice Council – 

The Environmental Justice Council (EJC) stems from a task force established in 2007, championed by then- Senator Avel Gordly. Its purpose is to advise the Governor and 16 state natural resource agencies on environmental justice issues. The passage of HB 4077 last year revamped the task force, establishing its place in the Governor’s office, and requiring youth, rural and coastal representation. In November, Danny Cage, a senior at Grant High School, was appointed to the council and became the state’s youngest environmental justice commissioner. Please see here an Oregonian article highlighting Danny and his story.

“What I find exciting about the article is that the public policy is being seriously implemented and elevated all these many years later, and that the leadership of a high school student member of the council, Danny Cage, is being featured. I am so proud of Danny. It is clear to me that this work is now generational.”

– Senator Avel Gordly