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In seeking to fulfill this mission, our team has come together to participate in education, advocacy, and design excellence. As a company committee, it is a place for us to come together to share interests in the design field, natural world, and social culture. Relying on evidence-based information, we seek to disseminate vital information about our environment and society. Using this perspective, we strive as an office to act responsibly regarding our everyday operations, pursuit of projects, and support of other organizations with missions like our own.

Climate Data

Educational Series




August’s Climate Update

As part of Oh’s commitment to the natural and built environment, we stay abreast of news and developments on our climate. During our monthly office-wide EcOh meetings, current events on climate data are discussed, as well as brainstorming ways that we can make a positive impact in the work field and in our individual lives. The number you see pictured above represents the approximate amount of carbon (PPM) currently in our planet’s atmosphere, which has been quickly rising since the beginning of the industrial revolution and is continuing to rise today. 350 PPM is considered to be a “safe” level of carbon dioxide, so this number serves as a reminder that something’s got to give.



•   Architecture 2030
•   Living Building Challenge
•   PassivHaus


Oh prides itself in having a well-informed and engaged team. Team members contribute to a monthly educational presentation to enhance our awareness of industry and world trends.


July Educational Series: Historical Preservation is More than Old Buildings

Historic Preservation is an important practice that aims to conserve, save, and protect buildings and landscapes of historical significance. Some independent federal agencies, such as The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, promote the preservation and sustainable use of a nation’s diverse historic resources. There are environmental, social, and economic benefits associated with the preservation and reuse of these buildings that makes this practice vital. Historical Preservation also encourages environmental stewardship through the reduction of resource and material consumption that transpires during new construction and demolition.

Another benefit of Historical Preservation is the protection of cultural identities. By preserving a building or landscape associated with a particular heritage, the community is strengthened and enriched by the educational opportunities embodied by the place. The more the community is involved, the more attractive and effective an area will become for everyone.


May Educational Series: Our National Parks and Monuments

The National Parks Service (NPS), part of the US Department of the Interior, is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources in the United States. Encompassing a over 400 parks and sites ranging from Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah, to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington, to Yellowstone, the first National Park created in 1872, the NPS encapsulates history by investing in the preservation, interpretation, and restoration of symbolic places that define all generations and cultures in America. The NPS, along with the National Forest System (an entity of the US Department of Agriculture) together employ over 50,000 people, contribute billions in revenue to federal and state economies, and are leaders in preservation stewardship and sustainability. The protection of these lands is vital in preserving not only the environment, but the history of the many multicultural generations of America.

Hey Planet

March Educational Series: How Does Food Affect the Land?

The food we choose to eat has a great impact on the environment.  The animal agriculture industry in particular is one of the leading causes of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution.  The agriculture industry is responsible for producing more greenhouse gasses than the transportation industry.  By making minor changes to our diet, humans can have a more positive impact on the environment.


Oh’s mission to provide excellent environments goes beyond our work in architecture. We participate in programs and support organizations that seek to advance the quality of life in areas like social equity and environmental conservation.


Wildfires are ravaging our forests

The current Eagle Creek fire has burned much of our beloved gorge, sending smoke into Portland. Even though there are many negative impacts of fire such as loss of ecosystems, it is still part of the natural process – some plants even depend on fires to germinate.

We shouldn’t spiral into despair but we still should know how fires affect us. Here are some of the health impacts that come with breathing in the smoke.

People at risk are:

  1. +65 years
  2. Pregnant
  3. Infants & children
  4. Smokers
  5. Respiratory Conditions
  6. Cardiovascular Disease

The Effects are:

  1. Watery/dry eyes
  2. Irritated sinuses
  3. Headaches
  4. Asthma
  5. Chest pain
  6. Heart attacks

Happiness Happens

August is National Happiness Happens Month and was established in 1999 to get people talking about happiness. The goals of the group who established this month of happiness were to get people to:

  1. Recognized happy moments with the same enthusiasm as unhappy moments are met with.
  2. Encourage others to talk about their happy moments.
  3. And don’t unnecessarily rain on other people’s parade.


Happiness often times takes effort to keep up but luckily there are a few simple things that can be done every day to give you a little boost! Those items include:

  • Sleep well
    • Sleep-deprived people have a harder time remembering positive ideas, and an easier time remembering negative ideas.
  • Take a walk outside on your lunch break – exercise releases endorphins that make the brain feel happier. Twenty minutes outside will:
    • Boost positivity
    • Broaden thinking
    • And improve working memory
  • Go to the museum or the Grand Canyon
    • People who regularly experience awe have lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines that are markers for many diseases.
  • Meditate
    • People who regularly practice mindfulness meditation don’t just report feeling less stressed, their brains also show lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As little as 25 min, three day a week show a reduction in stress.
  • Get involved with your community
    • Two of the biggest factors contributing to happiness around the world are a sense of community and frequent community celebrations.
    • Two hours a week & 100 hours a year is the amount of time we should spend actively helping the people in our community.

The Supreme Court partially allows the Travel Ban

BAN 1.0:

  • Barred people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the US for 90 days.
  • Halted refugee settlement program for 120 days.
  • Indefinitely suspended resettlement of refugees from Syria.
  • Capped refugees by 50,000.

BAN 2.0:

  • Barred people from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the US for 90 days.
  • Permits legal residents and valid visa holders.
  • No suspension of Syrian refugees.
  • Allow waiver program for special cases.


  • Supreme Court ruled that the ban only applies to refugees and travels without a “bona fide” relationship to a person in the US.
  • “Bona fide” relationship: spouses, fiances, parents, parent-in-law, children, adult sons/daughters, siblings, step-siblings or sons/daughters-in-law.
  • Excludes: cousins, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and brother or sisters-in-law.
  • Determinations will be made on case by case bases.


June represents a month of solidarity for LGBTQ people

Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

Organizations to get involved with:


Local Shout outs:

In Other Words

  • Feminist Community Center
  • Event Center
  • Bookstore
  • 100% volunteer
  • Non-profit


Q Center

  • LGBTQ Support Center
  • Multi-generational services and resources
  • 100% volunteer
  • Non-profit
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Training
  • Health & Wellness
  • Advocacy
2017-04-12 website update