Many of Portland's citizens are choosing to use the power of the purse to support the global sustainability movement, and one of the ways it is manifesting is through the green building movement. Visit The Rebuilding Center or Habitat for Humanity and at first glance, they may look like rooms full of building supplies that anyone can buy at the checkout counters in front, but take a closer look and you will find that these are rooms filled with recycled building materials--materials that are perfectly usable for new buildings and ones that are being saved from adding more mass to another landfill. It's amazing how one man's trash can be another man's treasure. Not only is this a more sustainable way to construct or renovate buildings, but it is actually much more affordable. Being a green consumer doesn't mean that you have to pay more. It can actually mean paying less.

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