Gerding Edlen: Harnessing union know-how to go a “deeper shade” of green

With more LEED-certified green buildings than any other private development firm in the country, there’s no question that Gerding Edlen Development is a pioneer in the green building industry. Based in Portland, OR, the company is responsible for the first LEED-Platinum certified renovation of a building on the National Register of Historic Places, and is moving beyond current standards to develop projects with zero net carbon emissions.

How do they do it? As CEO Mark Edlen will tell you, the key is the company’s strong partnership with its highly-trained, union workforce:

Union workers bring the skill set, creativity, and workplace safety the company needs to execute such complex projects: that’s why Gerding Edlen uses union labor.

At the beginning of each project, the company solicits worker input in brainstorming and planning sessions with the full project team. That kind of collaboration helps the bottom line, and it benefits employees as well. In return for their expertise, union contractors like those used by the company can earn up to three times the average wage of a non-union worker, and receive fair benefits too.

It’s no wonder Gerding Edlen has been voted one of Oregon’s most admired companies for at least four years in a row, and has twice topped the Oregon Business Journal’s annual list of the region’s best green employers.

Gerding Edlen is just one of the eight exemplary businesses featured in our 2010 Labor Day List.

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