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Environmental Stewardship
Land & Buildings

 
For more information contact:
Leah Tivoli | (206) 733-9704 | Leah.Tivoli@seattle.gov

Enviroment Report

For more information check out the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Report here.

Our Goals

We are committed to sustainability as we renovate, add and replace buildings as well as when we acquire property and develop sites. These sustainable investments reduce our consumption of gas, electricity and water, improve our use of renewable energy sources and lower our impact on the environment. To enhance our accountability to the residents of Seattle we have made a commitment to track and report our work towards the following goals.

Visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation Projects and Planning website to learn about current projects.

IMPROVE ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING BUILDINGS

We have the opportunity to save significant energy when we retrofit lighting and aging mechanical systems with more efficient technology. Parks has many of these opportunities with more than 2 million square feet of building stock housing energy-intensive pools, locker rooms, greenhouses, community centers and office buildings.

GENERATE RENEWABLE ENGERGY

We strive to increase solar energy production in the community as possible through grants and community partnerships. Our solar installations at Carkeek Park, Montlake Community Center and Bradner Gardens came on-line in 2002 as part of the Seattle City Light Green Power Program. Jefferson Solar Shelter came on-line in 2012 as part of the Seattle City Light Community Solar Program.

PRACTICE GREEN CONSTRUCTION

We are committed to sustainable construction practices on all projects. Since 2003, all 6 large construction and renovation projects have received LEED certification. Gold buildings include: Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, Yesler Community Center, Northgate Civic Center, Montlake Community Center and Rainier Beach Community Center. Highpoint Community Center is LEED certified.

Check out the Sustainable Buildings and Site Policy for City Facilities.

DESIGN FOR WATER CONSERVATION

We can achieve significant water savings through infrastructure updates such as changing out a leaky irrigation system and updating flow sensors, converting wading pools to spray features, and installing cisterns.  For example, 540,000 gallons can be saved annually by replacing 1 wading pool with a spray feature.

Check out our spray features!

INTEGRATE NATURE INTO LANDSCAPES

Sustainable landscapes are another way we integrate an environmental ethic into our planning and design. Our designs can mimic the way the natural environment cleans our air and water, provides habitat, and selects for resilient plants that flourish in the local conditions. Along these lines, we integrate on-site stormwater management, low-input plants, trees and other natural elements into design as possible to provide some of these natural benefits in an urban setting.

ACQUIRE NATURE IN THE CITY

Generally, when the public thinks of a park they think of an actively used recreational site such as a playfield, running trail or grassy passive areas with trees. However, 55% of Seattle’s parkland is kept as forest, wetland, tidepools, native meadows and other ecosystems. These areas are managed in different ways and can provide green hillsides, erosion control, clean water, habitat, and opportunities for active and passive recreation.

 
Updated October 15, 2014


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