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Energy Efficiency on Main Street



Energy efficiency: everyone knows the phrase, but what does it really mean?

Pacific Power, in collaboration with the Oregon Main Street Program and Energy Trust of Oregon, recognized the need to reach out to small commercial property owners and businesspeople with this question. They partnered with Clatsop Community College’s historic preservation program to create both a booklet and a traveling lecture series.

And they’re coming to a community near you!

This building's modern facade blocks windows that could provide natural light and ventilation

This building’s modern facade blocks
windows that could provide natural
light and ventilation

This September, Pacific Power is holding a series of free luncheons about the benefits of energy efficiency in historic commercial buildings. They are targeting customers who have a building in need of renovation, who are looking for ways to revitalize their Main Street, or who simply love old buildings.

Attendees will receive a free copy of Pacific Power’s booklet “Historic Preservation & Energy Efficiency: A Guide for Historic Commercial Buildings.” College instructors Lucien Swerdloff and John Goodenberger will share case studies of Oregon buildings enjoying renewed vitality through historic preservation and energy efficiency.

They will also be highlighting:

  • How to make basic energy-efficient upgrades while preserving a building’s historic details.
  • How preserving historic buildings is an effective economic development tool for communities.
  • Wattsmart® programs, incentives, and other funding sources to help with restoration projects.
Fabric Awning 2

Awnings shade this historic storefront
from direct sunlight.

All luncheons (including food!) are free for attendees and begin at 11:30 a.m. and will wrap up at 1:00 p.m. Below is the schedule and registration website:

September 3, Enterprise – Lear’s Pub & Grill, 111 West Main Street
September 4, Pendleton – Hamley Steakhouse, 8 Southeast Court Avenue
September 5, Redmond – Christie’s Kitchen, 614 NW Cedar Ave
September 8, Klamath Falls – Klamath Basin Brewing Co/Creamery Brew Pub & Grill, 1320 Main St
September 9, Medford – Four Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W Main St
September 10, Roseburg – Brix 527, 527 SE Jackson St
September 11, Coos Bay – Benetti’s Italian Restaurant, 260 S Broadway
September 16, Cottage Grove – Jack Sprat’s Restaurant, 510 E Main St
September 17, Albany – Sweet Red Coffee & Wine Bistro, 208 1st Ave W
September 18, Corvallis – Big River Restaurant, 101 NW Jackson St,



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