EcoChallenge 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Hennebery Eddy is embarking on the two-week EcoChallenge. We participate as a way of encouraging each other to take personal action and ownership in areas such as health, energy, waste, transportation and food. Many of us find that being mindful of our personal decisions, and making lower-impact choices, connects to how we practice at work. By centering personal and design decisions around our values, we’re working to build a community that is healthy and sustainable for the long term.

Hennebery Eddy employees share their 2017 EcoChallenge Commitments
Aly and Ashley share their 2017 #EcoChallenge commitments!

So how does this impact the world around us? In addition to the collective impact small changes can have, we hope our participation will encourage others to shift behaviors. According to recent research at Stanford University, if people believe that societal norms are changing, they are more likely to change as well:


People standing in line at a Stanford campus café read statements describing how some people “limit how much meat they eat” (static) or “are starting to limit how much meat they eat” (dynamic). Lunch goers who read the dynamic statement were twice as likely to order a meatless meal than those in the static group (34 percent compared to 17 percent).

An important aspect of these studies, the researchers said, is that participants were never asked to change their behavior, or even told the benefits of doing so.

“We didn’t ask people to not eat meat or eat less meat,” Walton said. “They’re just given information about change.”


Participating in the EcoChallenge is a way to demonstrate our individual and firm-wide commitment to continually make better, more sustainable changes. This encourages others to follow suit.

It might seem overwhelming to commit to a full two weeks of behavior change, but after that period, we have a feeling small changes may be habits. Instead of getting overwhelmed, pick one or two smaller challenges, like turning off the water while you brush your teeth, or drinking from reusable mugs and water bottles instead of disposables. Once these new actions become routine, consider adding more lower-impact changes to your daily life.

One of the best ways to succeed is to share your success and hurdles with those around you. Consider joining our 2017 EcoChallenge team – just create your profile, choose your challenges and let us know what your 2017 #EcoChallenge is!

Read about our participation in the 2016 EcoChallenge and learn more about the EcoChallenge and the Northwest Earth Institute.

Fire Station 76 Receives Prestigious Award from Canadian Wood Council

This month the Wood Design & Building magazine revealed the award recipients for the 2015 Wood Design Awards program. The architectural jury awarded Hennebery Eddy’s “Fire Station 76” with a prestigious Wood Design Merit Award. To view all of the Wood Award projects showcasing leadership in architecture and design, watch the video of 2015 award winning work:

Welcome gnome: 10-foot-tall PDXGnome lands in Beaverton




Excerpt from The Oregonian for the Cedar Hills Apartments which was recently renovated by Hennebery Eddy Architects:

“The yet-to-be-named gnome was the finishing touch to a $6.5 million renovation to modernize the 43-year-old apartment complex.

The project architect suggested the giant gnome statue after being inspired by a long-time tenant of the complex, who collects gnomes, Ashworth said. The forested complex has a second more traditional gnome in its recreation center and a small one in its office.

‘It’s our mascot,’ Ashworth said. ‘It’s fun. Anything that puts a smile on someone’s face.'”

Read the full article on The Oregonian’s website.

PDX Carpet Redux

Amid the PDX carpet craze on social media, Hennebery Eddy Architects and Emerick Construction are hard at work removing the old carpet and installing the new carpet at the Portland International Airport. See for yourself, and watch the a timelapse of the PDX carpet replacement:

Award Winning Sustainable Design



Hennebery Eddy project Ash+Ash, a home that integrates contemporary architecture and high performance sustainable design, received the 2030 Challenge Award for Single Family Residential Excellence from the Portland Chapter AIA.