Resource Conservation Programs
The Resource Conservation Programs in Seattle Parks and Recreation
are a group of individual programs addressing environmental performance
and stewardship issues in landscape, horticulture and urban forestry
The City of Seattle is committed to environmental stewardship in city
operations, and is developing an Environmental Management System for
all departments through the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Environment.
These systems provide the framework for environmental policy development
and allow departments to evaluate their environmental performance. A
special departmental team has developed a departmental Environmental
Policy and is currently working on a systematic plan for assessing performance
and development of Best Management Practices for all operations.
Best Management Practices (or BMPs) document standards and specifications
that reflect the most comprehensive, up-to-date operational practices
that reduce environmental impacts. Seattle Parks and Recreation's BMPs
for Landscape, Horticulture and Forestry were developed in 2000, and
are the standard reference for these operations. They will be used as
a model for future BMPs for other department operations like Planning,
Construction and Facility Maintenance.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has been actively implementing Water Conservation
Programs in building repair, renovation and development, wading pool
operations and irrigation practices since 1992. Irrigation system upgrades
are now designed to minimize water use through weather-based computer
programs. These programs base irrigation needs on site characteristics
and current weather conditions, and deliver a precise amount of water
needed for that day. To date, 42 park facilities have been programmed
to achieve water savings this way.
Integrated Pest Management(IPM) programs are in place for all city
departments, and with 11% of the city's total land, Parks has a commitment
to reduce environmental impacts of pesticide use. Since 2000, Parks
staff have achieved a consistent annual reduction in pesticide use.
For more information about the City and Parks's Pesticide Reduction
and Integrated Pest Management Programs, see the Office
of Sustainability and the Environment and Parks'
Frequently Asked Questions.
October 19, 2006