Incentives and Assistance
You can save money, gain a marketing advantage, and make an investment in Seattle's future at the same time with financial incentives and assistance from the City of Seattle. The programs detailed below are tailored to developers who incorporate green features into new commercial projects
Find out how you can:
To maximize cost-effectiveness you'll want to incorporate sustainable building goals right from the start.
Improve the environmental and economic performance of your building project with technical assistance from:
Our region's strong infrastructure for reusing and recycling allows construction projects to recycle more than 75% of their waste. Learn how to increase your recycling rate, both during construction and when your building is occupied, and get recognized for it!
Surplus Building Materials? Every Saturday from 10am to 3pm, Seattle Public Utilities and The ReStore accept reusable building materials at 1350 North 34th Street, just east of the North Transfer Station in Fremont. The ReStore accepts a variety of items, from flooring and cabinets to shelving and non hollow-core doors. For a complete list of acceptable items, visit www.re-store.org/ballard.htm. You might also consider donating building materials to local reuse stores.
Find recycled-content products and materials with help from:
You can also re-use building materials--cabinets, doors, glass, hardware/fixtures, insulation, paint and much more--and exchange these items online with the:
Seattle City Light energy conservation programs range from rebates for conservation to strategies and technologies that will help you reduce energy use and optimize your building's performance.
Enhance productivity and see substantial savings on your utility bills with Water Smart Technology Program, a water conservation program for regional commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Brought to you by local water providers in the Saving Water Partnership, including Seattle Public Utilities, the program provides financial assistance for both technical studies and project installation that makes it cost-effective to realize the benefits of water-efficient technologies. It offers an array of financial incentives for qualified water conservation projects completed by small and large businesses alike, which often reduce participant paybacks from over three years to two years or less. The program also offers technical information on water-efficient technologies, bill analysis, on-site water audits, life cycle cost analysis, free brochures and speaking engagements on water conservation, water-efficient irrigation information, and end-use metering.
The Saving Water Partnership, sponsored by a consortium of 18 local water utilities, provides education and resources for saving water and lowering utility bills. For a chart of existing programs, visit the rebates section.
Financial assistance and resources to help you protect or enhance the local watershed, salmon habitat and urban forest, plus technical assistance for better landscape design and maintenance choices:
Preserve the character and architecture of historic buildings with financial assistance and resources from:
Low interest loans and grants are available for rehabilitating or weatherizing housing property that help preserve or develop low-income and affordable housing.
Take advantage of grants that fund a variety of community projects, ranging from protecting clean water to neighborhood planning. Each grant program has a specific focus (e.g., the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods assists communities with a broad array of neighborhood-initiated improvement, organizing or planning projects).
Calculate the financial and environmental benefits of creating an employee commute reduction program, then create a program that motivates employees, with the following services:
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