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Green Factor

open-space landscapingAdministered by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Green Factor is a program aimed at extending and improving open-space landscaping throughout the citys business districts. Allowing developers to choose from a variety of strategies to meet target requirements, the program encourages the layering of vegetation in areas visible to the public and along streets adjacent to new development. Bonuses are provided for rainwater harvesting and choosing plants with low water requirements. Use of larger trees, tree preservation, green roofs, and vegetated walls is encouraged. Aside from the obvious direct environmental benefits, research demonstrates that people are more likely to walk when potential routes feature the beauty and protection from the elements provided by meaningful and useful green spaces.

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