Advocates say the center would be much more than a building. It would also work as a laboratory, educational facility, and a job creator. Opponents counter that it’s an expensive boondoggle that will do nothing to draw businesses to the city during difficult economic times.
The state was on the hook for $32 million of the total bill, but the legislature neglected to authorize that funding during last month’s session. Now, the future of the building is uncertain, but supporters say they are looking to private backers to make up for the loss of funds.
Do you have connection with the Oregon Sustainability Center? What’s the appropriate role for such a center? What questions do you have about the project?