September 24, 2021

Sustainable Building Week 2021 - Panel Discussion on Meyer Memorial Trust

By Lynn Morgan

Meyer Memorial Trust: Community, Conservation & Collaboration
A Panel Discussion

8am to 9:30am 
Register here for IN PERSON
Register here for VIRTUAL via zoom

Meyer Memorial Trust’s mission is to work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon. The construction of MMT's headquarters was an opportunity to use construction choices as a vehicle to advance the foundation’s mission. Learn about the project goals, the design process, materials procurement, and collaborations forged to bring this inspiring project to life, beautifully reflecting the organization's equity & inclusion values.

Moderated by Paul Vanderford of our non-profit parent company, Sustainable Northwest, this discussion will take you from concept to completion from the unique perspective of each of our panelists:

• Jill Fuglister - Meyer Memorial Trust
• Chandra Robinson - LEVER Architecture
• Afton Walsh - Walsh Construction Co

We are thrilled to be part of the 4th Annual Sustainable Building Week and are offering this Panel discussion IN PERSON and ONLINE via zoom.  Register for the type of event you prefer to attend.

In Person will be held in the open air warehouse at Sustainable Northwest Wood  2701 SE 14th Ave Portland OR 97202     Limited to 50 guests proof of COVID Vaccination and masks are required to keep this event as safe as possible. 

The event will also be held online via Zoom and a recording of the event will be shared afterward to all who register.

Email our Marketing Manager Lynn Morgan for more information

September 24, 2021


By Lynn Morgan

Sales & Warehouse Associate - Full Time - Permanent 

Sustainable Northwest Wood (SNW Wood) is seeking a highly motivated person with a passion for sustainable business and excellent communications skills.  SNW Wood is an established, successful business and a national leader in the field of sustainable wood products.  The focus of our business is to act as a bridge between the built and natural environments by distributing wood from a group of regional mills dedicated to responsible ecosystem stewardship.  We welcome your application to join our team.

Our Sales & Warehouse Associate will provide excellent customer service, develop a broad knowledge of wood products, and be able to work creatively with customers to fulfill their project needs.  This exciting new position will be the first point of interaction for many of our customers, providing in-store customer service, assistance with walk-in clientele and help with warehouse operations.  This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual to enter and learn about the exciting and growing field of sustainable wood products.

Our office and lumberyard are a COVID safe workspace adhering to CDC guidelines. All SNW Wood’s current employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and we have never had an outbreak.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Stationed at the front sales counter and in the warehouse this person will be the primary point-of-contact for walk-in customers.
  • Providing exemplary customer service to all customers by providing them with information about our products, checking them out when ready to pay and being a friendly face.
  • Working with the Warehouse Manager to pull orders for customers (sometimes requiring the use of a forklift, training/certification will be provided).
  • Maintaining the tidiness of the warehouse allows the operations of the company to run smoothly.
  • Re-stocking lumber racks when material is low.

Job Requirements:

  • Exemplary customer service and sales skills
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Basic knowledge of lumber and wood products
  • Eagerness to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Physical requirements: Ability to bend, stand, and lift-up to 40 pounds.

Benefits and Compensation: 

  • Full health care coverage
  • Generous paid time off
  • $18/hour  
  • Training on in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks will be provided
  • Start date: as soon as filled

Anticipated schedule is Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm (40 per week)

How to Apply:

If you meet the above criteria, we want to hear from you!  You must submit your resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to  Please No Calls.

Sustainable Northwest Wood is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state and local laws. 

July 01, 2021


By Lynn Morgan

If you’re like many of us, you can’t wait to travel again and flying into and out of Portland International Airport is about to be even more exciting. Renderings from our friends at ZGF Architects  show an amazing transformation on the horizon for the Main Terminal, scheduled for completion in 2025. PDX NEXT says that the design is "inspired by the forests of the Pacific Northwest and the feeling you get while walking through the woods, the experience of light filtering through the trees, and the protection of the canopy."  Sounds pretty dreamy for an airport experience.

The space will be crafted using local, sustainably harvested lumber, much of which can be traced back to the forest of origin. Small, family-owned mills, Pacific Northwest tribes and other local landowners are supplying forest products for the new space.

Sustainable Northwest Wood is a proud partner on this project and is playing a crucial role in connecting land owners, sourcing and procuring many of the wood products going into this dramatic transformation. We LOVE PDX now but can’t wait to see PDX Next!

You can read the full story and check in for updates at

April 05, 2021

Meyer Memorial Trust - Committed to Community

By Lynn Morgan

Meyer Memorial Trust

It's always inspiring to see projects begin with a commitment to community, equity and conservation goals and to be part of those projects right from the start.  Meyer Memorial Trust's   new headquarters was one such project.  Established in 1982 from the estate of Fred G. Meyer, the foundation focuses their work on housing, education, the environment and building stronger communities and is committed to investing in change at the systemic level to ease inequities and disparities in Oregon. 

We joined forces with our parent company, Sustainable Northwest,  LEVER Architecture,  and O'Neil/Walsh Community Builders to help source and provide many of the sustainable wood products in this aspirational new project.  Read the full and in-depth CASE STUDY by Sustainable Northwest to see all the partnerships and thought that went into this amazing building.

Photo Credits to LEVER Architecture (Rendering)  and Meyer Memorial Trust 

November 23, 2020

Sustainable Wood Stories: Women in Sustainable Building

By Lynn Morgan

As part of Sustainable Building Week, Sustainable Northwest Wood presents our next Sustainable Wood Story focused on Women in the Sustainable Building Industry.

Women represent less than 10% of the overall workforce in the construction industry, and only 3.4% in the trades.  In general, women are paid only 81% of the salaries of their male counterparts, but in construction, salaries are much more equal.  Companies are recognizing the benefits of a diverse workforce and the potential for women to have a positive impact in the building industry is tremendous.  Our panel of speakers will feature a variety of perspectives from some incredible female leaders bringing their passion, expertise, and tenacity to a career focused on creating a better world for us all.


Esther Forbyn – Esther Forbyn LLC

Chelsea Acker – Green Hammer Design-Build

Brenda Gaynor – Oregon Tradeswomen

November 06, 2020

Mahlum Architects achieves Portland's first Living Building Challenge Petal Certification

By Lynn Morgan

Congrats to our friends at Mahlum Architects for achieving Portland's first Living Building Challenge Petal Certification!

Mahlum Architects is known for translating their sustainable values into architecture and their new Portland Studio reflects that ethos perfectly. The International Living Future Institute's --  Living Building Challenge is hailed as the most rigorous sustainable building program in the world and Mahlum was determined to "Walk their Talk" when it came to building out their new Portland Studio.

We are proud to partner with Mahlum to source and supply Declare Labeled and FSC certified wood products featured throughout the space to help achieve the LBC Materials & Beauty Petals.   We invite you to take a virtual tour of the space to learn more.  

During Sustainable Building Week, local news outlet KGW did a spotlight video of the space, and our own Terry Campbell makes a cameo appearance.  Check it out HERE    

November 02, 2020

Sustainable Wood Stories: Oregon White Oak

By Lynn Morgan

Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana) is an emblematic tree in the Willamette Valley.  With its beautiful furrowed bark and distinct iconic shape, this member of the Beech family has thick, glossy leaves that provide the perfect amount of shade on hot summer days.  Sadly, several human and environmental impacts have reduced the Oregon White Oak range to less than 5% of its historic geographic territory but working forests and restoration efforts are underway to counteract that decline.

Join us for this virtual Sustainable Wood Story where our panel of speakers will provide an overview of Oregon White Oak’s historic range, its place in the ecosystem, the factors leading to its decline, how forest managers and mills apply the “working forest” concept, an Oregon White Oak habitat restoration initiative, and how architects & designers in our region are learning to better utilize this beautiful, local hardwood on future projects.  

October 28, 2020

Western Juniper - Sustaining Oregon Communities

By Lynn Morgan

Western Juniper - Sustaining Oregon Communities

The first in a series of virtual events, Sustainable NW Wood is hosting Sustainable Wood Stories featuring the unique qualities of Pacific NW wood species, their origins, customer projects, local suppliers, environmental challenges facing our society,  and methods our industry is using to address them. 

Western Juniper lumber is gaining a reputation with gardeners, landscape architects and contractors for its natural rot resistance, durability, and rustic beauty. Eastern Oregonians live in the midst of encroaching forests of ‘native-invasive’ Juniper, which has taken over much of the rangeland ecosystems due to decades of fire suppression. In an already arid climate, this thirsty tree has displaced the habitat of the threatened Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Responsible removal of Juniper is helping restore the grasslands, returning water to important tributary streams, improving habitat for wildlife and humans alike, and simultaneously providing economic opportunities for both rural and urban Oregonians.

Juniper lumber is being harvested by a dozen small, family-owned sawmills in Eastern Oregon and finds its way to our lumberyard in SE Portland by the truckload on a regular basis.  The Sustainable Northwest Wood team is honored to be a bridge between our rural and urban communities,  between ecosystems and the built environment, and to provide a service to those in need of ways to nourish and sustain their families in these challenging times.

Come hear stories from (in order of appearance)

  • Dr Tony Svejcar, Ph.D. -  Rangeland Ecologist, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center  (1:48 - 13:15)
  • Herb Winters - Gilliam Soil & Water Conservation District  (13:39 - 16:20)
  • Damon Brosnan - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (16:20-23:15)
  • Chris Gannon -  Crooked River Watershed Council  (23:30 - 29:50)
  • Jim Epley - owner of JNB Sawmill, Wheeler Counter Oregon (30.03 - 33:22)
  • Levi Littrell - owner Levi's Sawmill Services, La Pine, Oregon  (33:29 - 43:00)
  • Jennifer Hake -  homeowner & Juniper enthusiast Beaverton, Oregon (44:00 - 50:43
  • Jim Desmond - The Nature Conservancy - Portland, Oregon  (51:05 - 58:31)
  • Moderator:  Terry Campbell, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Portland OR
October 19, 2020

Portland Audubon Marmot Cabin

By Lynn Morgan

Portland Audubon’s Marmot Cabin is the perfect place for youth to learn about wildlife, healthy ecosystems and natural history through camps, field trips and Outdoor School. Bordering the Bull Run Watershed on 91 acres of the Miller Wildlife Sanctuary, this inspiring educational center was designed by Harka Architecture and is a testament to the Audubon’s commitment to the natural world. 

The 3200 SF cabin is not only a beautiful space for learning about nature, but also serves as a teaching tool for sustainable design.   Thoughtful material selections include an array of FSC Certified wood products and Pacific Madrone flooring from Sustainable NW Wood.  Images provided by Harka Architecture. 

The focal point of the space is an incredible fireplace built by artist Matt Goddard of Poetry in Stone that reflects the geological history of Oregon with stones from across the state landscape.

Image below by Don Morris. 

We are honored to be part of this project that gives young people a chance to make lifelong connections with the natural world.

June 11, 2020

Portland Audubon & Sustainable NW Wood - Together for Nature

By Lynn Morgan

Nestled in 172 acres of protected land adjoining Forest Park in Portland, Oregon, The Audubon Society of Portland is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to wildlife. Their Wildlife Care Center is Oregon's oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility, treating more than 3,000 injured and orphaned native animals and responding to more than 10,000 wildlife-related inquiries a year.  When planning new and improved structures to house the animals in their care, they turned to Sustainable NW Wood for materials that reflect their long term commitment to conservation.    

Selecting local FSC Certified Western Red Cedar and Western Juniper lumber from restoration projects in Eastern Oregon, general contractor, conservationist and former Audubon employee,  Esther Forbyn created beautiful structures for the Audubon's permanent residents that are not able to be released back into the wild.  With thoughtful planning for the animals'  well-being, safety of the care-takers, and a commitment to quality materials that reflect the values of Portland Audubon, the structures are mostly women-built with all local materials.  These open-air mews allow the animals to feel connected to the surrounding forest, while keeping them safe.  Birds like Ruby the Turkey Vulture,  Julio the Great Horned OwlAristophanes the Raven and Xena the American Kestrel are now permanent residents of the Wildlife Care Center due to injuries and human imprinting that would make it impossible for them to survive in the wild. They are now living as educational ambassadors for their species and Portland Audubon.  The Wildlife Care Center is free and open to the public and a wonderful way to connect with these magical creatures up close and personal.