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Powell’s features an e-book option and employs a number of “green initiatives”.

Powell's Bookstore

One of the bookstore locations in Portland, Oregon

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Powell’s Bookstore of Portland, Ore., will be the official bookseller during the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Green Cities Conference at the Oregon Convention Center, April 18-21. New and used books sold at the NLC Bookstore & Powell’s booth will feature green innovations to create more sustainable cities.

In an effort to encourage “green” reading, NLC and Powell’s will be creating an e-book page on, where conference attendees can purchase e-books to download to their laptop or electronic reader.

“In providing this e-book option, we are offering our conference participants the ‘greenest’ way to access some of the best books available. We think it’s important to make this conference as green as possible and Powell’s is helping us do that.” said Ken Rosenfeld, NLC program director for the conference. “Not only does this e-book option provide an additional choice for conference attendees, but it reduces pollution and it saves trees.”

Powell’s also employs a number of “green initiatives” within their own business, including using biodiesel fuel for delivery trucks, offering employees subsidies for taking alternative green transportation and bringing environmentally responsible materials and supplies into their facilities.

Customers can also pre-order books on for pick-up at the conference, and those who are already Powell’s members can use their membership discount on all purchases made at the conference bookstore.

Author signings with various conference presenters will also be scheduled at the conference bookstore.

Powell’s is an independent bookseller serving the Portland, Oregon, area since 1971, with four general bookstores and two specialty stores. Its flagship store takes up an entire city block, offering 68,000 square feet of used, new, rare, and out-of-print books. offers the combined inventory of its six retail locations and five warehouses – approximately four million books in all. The site features exclusive author interviews and essays, as well as a stable of internationally respected book reviewers and content partners.

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

For more information about NLC’s Green Cities Conference, please visit