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Sustainable Building & Development

Because the Parks department is committed to sound environmental practices and the associated benefits of sustainable design and construction, the Planning and Development Division is implementing a program to include sustainable features in all capital projects, including buildings under 5000 square feet and site development projects.

The intent of this program is to encourage design and development practices which:

  • reduce operational and maintenance costs
  • reduce initial and ongoing adverse impacts to the environment
  • increase the ecological function of landscape and natural areas
  • increase the comfort, health and safety of parks visitors and building occupants

» '04-'06 Planning and Development Division
Sustainability Accomplishments

Yesler Community Center
Our latest LEED project -- the new
Yesler Community Center

The City of Seattle's Sustainable Buildings & Sites policy requires new City facilities over 5,000 square feet to attain the Gold level of the US Green Building Council's LEEDTM rating system, plus meet minimum criteria for energy and water efficiency, construction waste recycling, and bicycle amenities.

Yesler Community Center
Rooftop rainwater harvest
at the Carkeek Park
Environmental Learning Center

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Updated September 8, 2015

Sustainable Building is how Seattle Parks and Recreation carries out our Environmental Stewardship ethic when we develop parks facilities.
 » Environmental Stewardship

Sustainable buildings use design approaches, construction techniques and building materials that promote environmental quality, economic vitality, and social benefits.
 » Carkeek
 » High Point
 » Northgate
 » Yesler

Sustainable site development creates pocket, neighborhood and regional parks which have lower operating costs, improved environmental performance and health and safety benefits for park visitors.
 » Belltown Cottages
 » Bradner Gardens
 » Cascade Peoples Center
 » Discovery Park 500 area
 » Genessee Playfield
 » Greenwood Park
 » Kiwanis Ravine
 » Roxhill Wetland

For sustainable development resources and/or more information on how Seattle Parks is defining and achieving sustainability in their capital projects, see the following:
 » US Green Building Council
 » Berkeley's Green Resource Center
 » Carnegie Mellons Center for building performance
 » Oakridge National Lab Building Technology Center
 » Rocky Mountain Institute
City of Seattle Resources:
 » Natural Drainage Systems
 » Sustainable Building Projects
 » Sustainability & Environment
Building Tools:
 » Sustainable Development Scorecard (PDF)
 » Scorecard use flowchart (PDF)
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