ACHS Selected One of 2019 100 Best Green Workplaces

Portland, OR – The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is proud to announce that the college was selected by Oregon Business magazine as one of the 2019 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon.  The annual green survey is part of the 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits surveys conducted spring and fall 2018. This ranking shows that ACHS’s workplace has implemented a variety of green policies, and that our employees place a high value on sustainability and believe that the college’s commitment to them is exceptional. 

It’s a remarkable feat to achieve this honor considering more than 14,500 employees completed the survey. The ACHS faculty and staff located at our Portland campus and who are telecommuting truly deserve credit for this achievement as they are sincerely committed to leading the way to a sustainable economy and embracing ACHS’s sustainability beliefs, mission and practices. 
There will be a celebration recognizing the 100 Best Green Workplaces at a luncheon on Thursday, May 30, at The Nines Hotel in Portland.  The company rankings will be revealed with a “Top 10 countdown” unveiled in the June issue of Oregon Business magazine.

Headquartered in the John’s Landing neighborhood of SW Portland, ACHS’s mission is to provide: professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles. The college’s commitment includes a focus on green practices and principles to ensure a clean and safe working environment and to foster a culture of environmental stewardship within the office and the greater community.

In 2018 ACHS was named #5 of 100 Best Green Workplaces and #2 in 2017 by Oregon Business magazine. The college’s Apothecary Shoppe College Store is also an Oregon Tilth Certified Organic processor/handler and specializes in certified organic and pesticide-free essential oils and botanicals.

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About ACHS

Founded in 1978, by president and founder, Dorene Petersen, is a Portland, OR-based, accredited college offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education with a satellite campus in Kona, Hawaii. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education units in integrative health, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation® and was ranked five of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2018 by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS was also honored is 2016 and 2017 with Work Works awards, administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, and received the City of Portland Sustainability at Work Certification in 2017. ACHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is also approved by the Office of Degree Authorization of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and authorized by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization.