It's Easy Being Green on a Budget in Portland, Oregon

Posted August 19, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Portland-Skyline Portland, Oregon, is a leader in green initiatives, so it's not surprising that many of its private establishments have followed suit. Plus, you don't have to spend a great deal to feel good about yourself or Mother Earth. Eat at a pizza joint that takes sustainable practices to the next level, drink beers at an all-organic brewery, and stay in a renovated hotel that creatively uses recycled materials.

Hotlips Pizza: Each of Hotlips' four locations in the Portland area makes every effort to spread environmental awareness through its pizzas and homemade sodas. Local farms and producers provide fresh ingredients, many of which are certified organic, for every pie and fruit drink. Try a seasonal specialty made with toppings such as summer squash or locally grown apples. Small pizzas start at $15.25, and a 12-ounce soda costs $2.

Roots Organic Brewery: As Oregon's first all-organic brewery, Roots knows a thing or two about making top-quality beers from the hops of the earth. Living by the motto, "Drink organic—save the planet one beer at a time," the brewers produce beers using old-fashioned techniques and organic ingredients. Help do your part by drinking a pint of hand-crafted ale or one of the brewpub's seasonal drafts. Pints start at $4.50, but cost $3.50 between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and are just $2.50 all day, every Tuesday.

Ace Hotel: Close by the Pearl District in downtown Portland, you'll find a boutique-style hotel that has given its historic location a hip and green redesign. The Ace incorporated recycled elements, such as couches covered in salvaged U.S. Army rain cloak fabric and furniture made from reclaimed timber, into its stylish design. You can also enjoy a fresh cup of java from Stumptown, the onsite coffee roaster dedicated to sustainable practices. Rooms start at $95 per night.

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(Photo: Portland Oregon Visitors Association)

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