Nov 17: Beyond Net Zero, Restorative Buildings: the PAE Story

PAE Headquarters

What if a building was not just sustainable but restorative, a building that put back more than it takes?

That is the goal of the Living Building Challenge, a concept introduced on 2009, where its end goal “is to encourage the creation of a regenerative built environment. The challenge is an attempt to raise the bar for building standards from doing less harm to contributing positively to the environment.”

This is an approach that goes way beyond the LEED rating system focusing not only on net zero energy but also net zero water and waste.

One of the leaders in implementing this concept is Portland based PAE Consulting Engineers. They have eleven projects designed to meet this rigorous framework. The latest is their new headquarters here in Portland, a five story building which is set to be the world’s first developer-driven Living Building.

When: Wednesday, Nov 17,  2021
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:  online via Zoom
Speakers: PAE president Paul Schwer will be joined by PAE associate Karina Hershberg to tell the story of how their building was able to reach this goal while simultaneously providing a return for their investors.

Oct 30: 2021 Lake Oswego Tree Summit

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Sustaining Our Urban Forest: Resilience, Responsibility and Reciprocity in a Changing Climate  

When: Saturday, Oct 30, 2021
Time:  10:00 am – Noon
Where:  online via Zoom

As stewards of our urban forests, you are invited to attend and participate in the third annual Lake Oswego Tree Summit, Saturday, October 30th from 10 am to noon. Registration is required. The event is free. For more information please visit

The keynote speaker is Dr. Christine Buhl, Entomologist at the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Tree Summit will include discussions on climate threats to our urban forest and ways we can steward the urban forest from soil to canopy.

Join us in this interactive Tree Summit to find out how trees can be a significant part in addressing climate change, to enhance your arboreal knowledge and learn about science-based stewardship practices to promote the ecological health of our urban forest. The latest LiDAR scan of the city’s tree canopy  coverage will also be shared by the City of Lake Oswego.

October 14: Online Forum: Sustainability in LO Schools

When: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:  online via Zoom

Speakers: Anthony Vandenberg, Executive Director of Project Management for LOSD, Larry Zurcher, Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment for LOSD

​In June 2021, the LO School District adopted as one of its strategic priorities “teach and practice sustainability.” The two district leaders charged with implementing this priority are: Anthony Vandenberg, Executive Director of Project Management and Larry Zurcher, Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment.

Join LOSN on October 14 for a discussion with Tony and Larry, moderated by Courtney Clements, LOSN Education Action Team co-chair, about the K-12 sustainability curriculum in our district and the critical role school buildings and grounds play in teaching these lessons to our students.

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Oct 2: Join Us at our Annual EV Fair

EV Fair

When: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Time:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where:  LO United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd (map)


  • Chat with Lake Oswego EV owners who will bring their cars to show
  • Discuss options with local dealers
  • Take a test drive and discover how much fun EV’s are to drive
  • Discover how cost-effective EVs are to operate and maintain – see how EVs can cost 70% less to operate and maintain vs. fossil fuel vehicles
  • Learn about EV financial incentives of up to $10,000 from the federal and state.
  • Get a list of the growing number of EV chargers in the Lake Oswego area, and around the state
  • Check out new electric bikes

Electric Vehicle Fair COVID Policy

If you are attending our Electric Vehicle Fair we want you to feel comfortable and safe. In accordance with Governor Brown’s mandate for outdoor events we are asking all participants to wear a mask.

EV test rides are at the total discretion of an EV owner or dealer. If you do take one, we are asking that there only be two people in the car both wearing a mask and that the
windows be rolled down.