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These Seattle businesses have experienced the benefits of reducing waste, saving water, and protecting our waterways. Share your story with us today!

Company: Maya’s Restaurant

Business Sector: Restaurant
Location: 9447 Rainier Ave. Seattle, WA. 98118


  • Since enrolling in the Get on the Map program, Maya’s Restaurant has received a variety of free marketing tools and cost-saving tips that have resulted in a 25% decrease in their monthly utility expenses.
  • The restaurant also replaced faucet aerators and installed high-efficiency toilets, reducing its water use by nearly 152 gallons, or 16 percent. This resulted in more than $1,000 in yearly savings.
  • Trained 16 employees to separate waste according to material — paper, bottles and cans, glass and cardboard.
  • Owner Exequiel Soltero began composting in the restaurant, which has reduced his garbage bill by $1,250.
  • Began to use only compostable takeout boxes and utensils for catering.

“People need to know that by going green, they’re saving money.”
–Exequiel Soltero, Owner, Maya’s Restaurant

Company: Seattle Mariners

Business Sector: Recreational Facilities
Location: Safeco Field, 1250 1st Avenue South, Seattle, 98134


  • From 2007-2010, saved over $1.2 million dollars in electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer costs.
  • Switched to compostable service ware and created large, clearly labeled collection bins.
  • Reduced water use by installing waterless urinals and faucet aerators.
  • Joined EPA’s Energy Star Program to conserve energy and  EPA’s Waste Wise Program to increase recycling.
  • In 2010 the annual rate of diversion of materials from garbage to recycling or composting was 70%, up from 38% in 2009. This diversion of materials saved $72,000 in 2010.
  • Promotes general public awareness of sustainability, public transit, and carpooling options.

“Adopting sustainable business practices at Safeco Field has been a home run for us.  We’ve greened our bottom-line and brand while improving our environmental performance. The Resource Venture played an important role in helping us go from a 12% diversion rate in 2006 to 86% in 2012.  We all have more than enough work on our plate, and the Resource Venture was the catalyst to help us identify the low hanging fruit, educate and train our staff, and implement a successful recycling program.  We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Company: Fancy Nails & Spa

Business Sector: Beauty and Spa
Location:  3106 Northeast 125th Street, Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: (206) 367-2066


  • Tran has replaced Fancy Nail’s toilets and foot massage stations so that they use less than 1.28 gallons per flush (compared to 1.6 gallons or more), saving money on her water bill.
  • Expanded recycling and composting programs for paper, bottles and cans, glass and cardboard.
  • Purchase and use recycled-content materials.
  • Donate unwanted furniture, food, and magazines to charitable organizations.

“I’ve noticed over twenty new clients telling me that they found me through Get On the Map.”
– Thao “Nancy” Tran