What is sustainability, anyways?

Sustainability focuses on meeting the present needs of people and communities without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (United Nations Brundtland Commission, 1987). Within the context of human communities, sustainability is often defined as having three pillars: environmental protection, economic vitality, and social equity. Sustainability recognizes that human well-being relies on the quality of the natural environment, which provides the air, water, and food we need to survive. It also recognizes that things like decent work, peace and justice, and protection against discrimination are also essential human needs; without them we may be able to survive, but not to thrive. It’s important to recognize that actions like promoting inclusion and being civically engaged — while not typically associated with “going green” — are vital components of a holistically sustainable community.

What are the benefits of owning a certified EcoHome?

EcoHome LO’s certification program, checklists, and resources are tools designed to guide you toward a holistically sustainable lifestyle. The program provides a framework and structure for your sustainability plan, connects you with community groups and activities that align with your interests, and supports you to accomplish your goals. In return, you’ll begin to see the benefits of your efforts almost immediately, whether through a reduced electrical bill, thriving garden, or stronger connection with your community. You’ll also get your own EcoHome lawn sign and decal!

Does getting certified cost money?

No — you can get fully certified without spending a dime! Although some checklist actions may have an upfront cost, keep in mind that many green home/transportation investments pay themselves off and ultimately save you money over time. Be sure to check out our resource library to learn more!

How do I get certified?

Read about how to get EcoHome certified on the About page. When you are ready to begin, follow the steps on the Getting Started page to set up your account and get started!

Should I invite those I live with to participate with me?

Yes! EcoHome LO certifies households, not individuals, which means that each Lake Oswego address can only receive one certification. Inviting those you live with to participate in the certification process along with you will increase your external impact, bump you up toward a higher certification level, and help you build deeper connections with those you live with!

What’s next after I’ve achieved certification?

Continue your sustainability journey! Work towards the next level of certification, check out our resource library, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

What happens to my EcoHome status if I move homes?

If you remain within Lake Oswego city limits, our team will guide you through the process of renewing your certification while living in a new home: simply reach out to ecohomelo@lakeoswego.cityto get started.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for? Email ecohomelo@lakeoswego.city with any additional questions.