County beefs up green building rules with higher standards, new incentives Download PDF 78 K
King County is stepping up its commitment to green building: all county government construction and major renovation projects are required to seek LEED platinum rating—from the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Best in Class: King County Leads by Platinum Example external link
King County was named "Best in class" by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) after the adoption of its new Green Building OrdinanceDownload PDF 2.4 MB. The announcement recognizes the continued commitment from the GreenTools program in helping to make King County a leader in sustainable building.
King County Adopts Updated Green Building Ordinance
The updated King County green building policy is top in the nation for facility sustainability and performance. This update requires county projects to strive for LEED Platinum and encourages the use of alternative green building rating systems, such as Built Green, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, Salmon Safe and the Living Building Challenge—King County news release.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation external link at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced King County GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Initiative is a Bright Idea. This prestigious award is given to programs that demonstrate a creative range of solutions to urban and rural challenges, with an emphasis on environmental challenges.
Green team external link
County connects cities to move sustainability initiatives forward—from American City & County
U.S. Green Building Council upgrades LEED external link
From the Puget Sound Business Journal
Upzoning is finally approved in Interbay external link
Plans for a new ‘Green’ neighborhood in Interbay can finally become a reality – from The Seattle PI
We recycle cans and bottles, why not buildings? external link
A large percentage of municipal landfill waste is from construction and demolition debris, estimated to be between 20 and 30 percent nationally—editorial from The Seattle Times.
Affordable green housing: a social, economic priority external link
Government agencies offer incentives to encourage more—from the Daily Journal of Commerce
Home wins nation's highest green rating external link
Designed to be earth-friendly, energy efficient—from The Seattle Times
If house has to go, at least it can go ‘green’ – piece by piece external link
Deconstruction crews salvage siding, floors, even nails—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
More low-income housing being built green external link
Early Seattle efforts helped inspire state and federal support—from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Green homebuilders still seeking a market external link
An increasing number of developers are touting the environmental credentials of their projects – from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer