ACHS Receives Gold Certification for Sustainability

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​American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), an accredited, online holistic health college based in the John's Landing neighborhood of SW Portland, has received gold level certification with the City of Portland Sustainability at Work program. Read the college's full profile on the Green Business Directory here:

“It is my pleasure to officially announce that American College of Healthcare Sciences has achieved gold level certification with the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program!” says City of Portland Sustainability Advisor Genevieve Joplin. “The commitment and willingness to continue to work on impactful actions is very evident at ACHS, so again, my congratulations to everyone—you all share in this achievement!”

In addition to the City of Portland Sustainability at Work certification, ACHS’s commitment to environmental stewardship and earth-friendly practices is widely recognized. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation®, was named #6 of 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine in 2017, and ranked #6 of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon in 2016.

“We plan. We partner. We purchase responsibly,” says Erika Yigzaw, ACHS Sustainability Committee Chair and Chief Strategy Officer. “ACHS demonstrates commitment through its mission, employee benefits, work practices, and community engagement. We recognize our leadership responsibility and strive to improve our practices every year.”

The City of Portland Sustainability at Work certification program is offered in three levels—gold, silver, and certified—and was established to help Portland businesses gain public recognition for their positive impact on the environment and community. The Green Business Directory of certified City of Portland Sustainability at Work businesses is available online free of charge 24/7 to help customers locate and support companies committed to sustainable green practices (

For more information regarding this press release or ACHS’s City of Portland Sustainability at Work listing, call Lauren Shapiro at 503.244.0726 or email

For questions about ACHS’s accredited online health and wellness courses or on-campus workshops, visit or email

About ACHS

ACHS has been an Oregon business for nearly 25 years and offers community health webinars and in-person wellness workshops in addition to certificates, diplomas, and degrees in subjects like aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, holistic spa management, and wellness coaching. ACHS also provides the local Portland community, and international online community, with access to its Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Apothecary Shoppe featuring herbs, essential oils, dietary support tools, reference texts, and alumni-made health and wellness products ( 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). Visit

Source: American College of Healthcare Sciences