Moving to a green eco-friendly paradigm has become an important part of Oregon’s agenda. Helping protect what many citizens want to keep: clean air, water, decreased pollution and healthy food, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a “regulatory agency dedicated to restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, water and land. DEQ's vision is to work cooperatively with all Oregonians for a healthy, sustainable environment.” With the new Obama administration months away from taking office, the potential for even more green friendly policies looks very bright.
An important aspect for those who are moving into or remodeling a home is the removal of asbestos and other harmful building materials. Exposure victims can sometimes contract Pericardial Mesothelioma and Peritoneal Mesothelioma, two forms of cancer which attack the lungs. Asbestos is a hazardous air pollutant, a known carcinogen and there is no known safe level of exposure. DEQ’s purpose is to institute a new program to prevent asbestos fiber exposure to workers and citizens.
In 1968, a group of Oregon citizens formed the Oregon Environmental Council. These people were teachers, outdoor enthusiasts, musicians, conservationists and other folks who found a common bound in getting more done to protect a clean Oregon environment. The Oregon Environmental Council strives to help Oregon move to greener living. The OEC works hard to produce changes on three mainstream levels: helping individuals live green, helping business, farmers and health providers sustain eco-friendly practices. They also seek to implement and create national and state policy.
Better for the environment, better for you!
Moving to a green eco-friendly paradigm has become an important part of Oregon’s Real Estate market. Insuring buildings, homes and apartments are up to date is vital to the success of companies and their investments. Removing asbestos by a licensed professional is worth the expense and time. Due to asbestos being used as a main material in building insulation, it is important to take the proper removal methods to take out any toxic materials which could severely harm people’s health.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in a study conducted in 2003, estimated a savings of $50-$65 per square foot for well-constructed green buildings in the U.S. However, the philosophy of “building green” is evolving more than a trend. Builders and investors are recognizing that eco-friendly construction provides not only long-term positive environmental benefits but also financial payoffs as well.