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The June Key Delta Community Center Story

By Solar Oregon Development Director Adam Sage

The June Key Delta Community Center, located across the street from Peninsula Park in North Portland, has been transformed over the past twenty years from an abandoned brownfield site to a “living building” community center. Longtime Portland educator and community leader, June Key, donated the standard 1960’s concrete and metal gas station in 1992 to the Portland Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Since then, The June Key Delta Community Center has become one of the first grassroots African American owned living buildings in the United States. The building inspires future sustainable rebuilding projects in communities historically burdened by environmental, health, economic, educational, and social disparities.


JKDCC Before photo


JKDCC After photo


The JKDCC is pursuing and meeting the Living Building Challenge:

  • The brown field transformed into a productive urban community garden
  • Net-zero energy will be consumed
  • Sustainable building practices using recycled and donated materials
  • Storm water is stored, processed to potable standards, and used onsite.  Black water effluent is treated and infiltrated onsite
  • Only non-toxic, sensitively sourced and recycled materials are installed
  • Equitable hiring and training opportunities have and will be created throughout construction


The project openly demonstrates how a small non-profit organization can, with community assistance, create a living building composed of cargo containers, salvaged glass, recycled construction materials, and 50% - 70% recycled technology.  The mission of the renovation has been to reach NetZero impact on the environment and to secure NetZero energy consumption in the final product.

Solar Oregon is working with our members and partners to help The June Key Delta Community Center achieve NetZero energy consumption in 2012. The site will require a 20Kw solar array to achieve NetZero energy consumption. With generous donations from local installers, manufacturers, electricians (and utilizing Oregon tax incentives and grants), Solar Oregon hopes to have the solar array installed at the community center by late spring.

To learn more about the JKDCC, please visit



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