Continuation of The List for Top 5 Green Cities in the US
continuation--- (1) Seattle, Washington
Green Building- Seattle owns the largest single-owner LEED facility in the world, as aid to the city’s green building programs aimed at greening all of their existing edifices. In order to encourage participation from its community members, the local government extends financial incentives, referrals for utility conservation programs, technical assistance and education to developers, building managers, design professionals, CEOS, real estate agents and homeowners.
Green Space – The P-Patch is Seattle’s Community Gardening Program comprised of 73 p-patches, estimated at around 23 acres of green space and serving 2,056 Seattle households where organic crops, flowers and herbs could be nurtured and grown.
Recycling – Seattle implements the mandatory recycling program wherein recyclables like paper, cardboard and yard wastes are prohibited as part of their community garbage. Those who are found in violation of this mandatory policy will be fined, although the city claims that there is hardly any record of households being fined.
Transportation- A substantial number of Seattle residents make use of their bicycle for both recreation and transportation; hence, the city’s Department of Transportation has been relentlessly pursuing the development of an urban trail system for the 4,000 to 8,000 bikers that currently commute daily within the city.
Standard of Living- the Emerald City ranked low in this area since the cost of living in this metropolis is said to be 19% higher than the national average. Housing and health care costs are the major issues although the utility costs somehow provides a buffer to the high cost of living as utility prices are said to be lower by 3% than the national average.
Water Quality & Conservation – The city of Seattle adopted a 1% water conservation program within a targeted time frame from year 2000 to 2010 and annual reports provide a good showing about the continuing decrease in the city’s per capita usage. The program aims to maintain this trend as residents continue with the program requirement, which is that of reducing at least 1% water consumption per person annually.