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Seattle Parks and Recreation Annual Report - 2007
Climate Action Now
Seattle is taking action to prevent one of the biggest threats to the
future of our city and the planet - climate change. Through Seattle
Mayor Greg Nickels' Climate Action Now initiative, we are committed
to leading by example and helping everyone in the city take steps today
to reduce climate-changing pollution in their homes, at work, and on
Efficiencies And Reduced Fuel Use
In 2007, Parks reduced fuel usage by about one percent - or 2,692 gallons.
We also increased our use of bio-diesel and B40 gasoline. B40 is 40
percent vegetable based and 60 percent fossil fuel. Bio-diesel is 20
percent vegetable based and 80 percent fossil fuel. Both are engineered
to emit fewer particles. Our total use of all diesel and unleaded dropped
14 percent in 2007 - or by 31,671 gallons, and our use of bio-diesel
and B40 increased by 72 percent - or 28, 522 gallons.
In 2007, the Green Seattle Partnership, a unique public-private venture
dedicated to promoting a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining
healthy urban forests, reached its goal of restoring 100 acres of urban
forest and planting 6,500 seedlings in Seattle's parks. Since 2004,
Parks employees have reduced our overall paper use by a whopping 41
percent. Inspired by Mayor Nickels' PaperCuts program to reduce our
white paper use by 30 percent by the end of 2007, Parks employees exceeded
that goal by another third. In 2006 and 2007 that translates into 5,503
fewer reams of paper used, saving 330 trees and reducing our carbon
footprint by 83,600 pounds of CO2.
In 2007, the Ross Park Shelterhouse project received a 2007 American Institute of Architects Civic Design Award. This Pro Parks Levy funded project has Seattle Parks' only green roof, with native grasses and plants growing there. We have submitted applications to the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for two community center projects. Northgate Community Center was constructed with the goal of achieving Gold LEED and Montlake Community Center renovations were completed with the objective of achieving Silver LEED.
Restore Our Waters
The Mayor's Restore Our Waters (ROW) strategy is aimed at restoring
and preserving all the many bodies of water that surround and flow through
Seattle. In 2007, Parks worked with the Friends of Madrona Woods and
Seattle Public Utilities to daylight a portion of Madrona Creek and
restore its natural connection to Lake Washington. The project provides
significant habitat improvements for salmon, and is a living laboratory
and outdoor classroom for environmental education.
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Updated March 28, 2008
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