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CLEAN AND GREEN SEATTLE INITIATIVE
Building healthy neighborhoods, increasing the greenery in our city and promoting green urban development is good for business and the environment. People respond positively to greenery and this sends a positive message about the neighborhood and business district.
As part of the Clean and Green Seattle Initiative, the City is promoting the greening and beautification of neighborhood business districts by offering grants and resources for greening projects, increasing efforts to promote trees and greenery and encourage green development.
Grants: The City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has partnered with the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) to provide funding opportunities to neighborhood business districts for eligible projects. These include projects that increase the green in neighborhood businesses and business districts. Examples of projects eligible for ‘green’ grants include:
Trees: Trees provide enormous environmental and economic benefits. Recent research conducted by the University of Washington indicates that districts with street trees attract more shoppers, who are willing to pay as much as 11% more for products. The City encourages street trees and community-initiated tree plantings and offers many resources. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) offers information, expertise and other resources to help business districts plant and maintain trees. Investing in trees can bring the following returns:
Green neighborhoods and development: The City has several programs that enhance the greenery of Seattle ’s neighborhoods and business districts which encourage commercial developers and redevelopment projects in reducing the impact on the natural environment. These include:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How much funding is available through OED’s grants for green projects?
The funding levels vary each year and are offered once a year. The amount available for each project will depend on the number and strength of eligible proposals. Award amounts usually range from $1,000.00 to $20,000.00.
Who is eligible to apply for OED funding?
Not-for-profit organizations, with a federal tax ID number, providing services in a Seattle neighborhood business district are eligible for OED’s grants. The City encourages applicants to have an explicitly stated mission or goal of strengthening the business community in their neighborhood.
How can I get more information on tree programs, and street trees?
Who can help our group plan and organize a community planting or purchase
of street trees?
How can I organize a ‘ Clean and Green Seattle Initiative’ project in my neighborhood?
You can find out more about Clean and Green Seattle Initiative, learn how to volunteer and organize a Clean and Green Seattle Initiative project in your neighborhood, or make suggestions or requests for projects near you online at http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/issues/cleanseattle.htm
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