Leading by Example
The City of Seattle owns and maintains over 650 buildings totaling approximately 10 million square feet and each year new facilities are added or old ones remodeled. In addition, the City manages over 110,000 acres of public land. To reduce its environmental impact, the City has adopted policies and programs addressing new building construction and major renovations, as well as day-to-day operations.
- The Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy covers new construction, renovations and tenant improvements
- The Resource Conservation Initiative aims to improve the energy performance of our existing facilities
- Seattle Parks & Recreation Pesticide-Free Parks and Pesticide Reduction
- Citywide Pesticide Use Reduction program (archived page with program history, also links to the 2001 Landscape and Grounds Management Policy)
- The Green Purchasing Initiative, led by the Finance & Administrative Services department to implement the City's commitments to promoting environmental stewardship and reducing greenhouse gas emissions when buying goods, materials, services and capital improvements, including: