We’ve all been in buildings that seem to have a certain vibe, a soul even — places like the Bagdad Theater or Pittock Mansion come to mind. Another is a former warehouse located in the Pearl District that today is teeming with positive energy.

A Bit of Ecotrust History

In the late 1990s, when Ecotrust realized it needed a new home and the world needed a natural model of building, it bought a 100-year-old warehouse.

Originally constructed as a warehouse in 1895, Ecotrust used 98 percent of the original materials to rebuild it into “The Natural Capital Center” with the help of an extraordinary gift from philanthropist and founding board member Jean Vollum.

Today, the Natural Capital Center stands as a pioneer of green building and is Ecotrust’s headquarters, but also is home to over two dozen social enterprises that are changing the way we live, work, and do business.

The Mission

Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Its goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.