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Seattle Leaders Gathered Last Night to Celebrate Five Years of Visionary Transformation

SEATTLE, WA – Over 300 regional leaders in high-performance building development and management gathered at Benaroya Hall last night for Seattle 2030 District’s Fifth Anniversary Vision Awards. The Vision Awards honor local leaders who are transforming Seattle’s urban environment through innovative construction and design. Awards are given in the following categories: Leadership, Energy, Water, and Transportation.

“We are thrilled to arrive at our 5-year anniversary with tremendous growth and momentum to build sustainable, low-carbon cities of the future”, said Seattle 2030 District Board Chair, Brett Philips. The first District to be established in what is now a network of 15 2030 Districts across North America whose collective aim is to meet energy, water and vehicle emissions reduction targets of 50% for existing buildings and new construction by the year 2030, Seattle is at the forefront of an ever-growing movement. Two new districts joined the network just last month and five more are expected to join before the end of the year.”

Seattle 2030 District’s internal ranks have grown substantially over the course of its existence; increasing from a handful of organizations in 2011 to over 120 business and organization members today. The collective impact of this community has been substantial; the District met its first benchmark goals in 2015 for energy and transportation, reducing energy use and carbon emissions from commuting by over 10% . The District also added stormwater management to its water goal and is promoting policies to incentivize investments in efficiency. Executive Director Susan Wickwire sees broad engagement as a key strategy to successfully meeting the organization’s goals. “We are excited to be adding a tenant component and a 2030 Champions initiative to our suite of networking programs for building managers and owners. We strive to catalyze change by providing avenues for all of Seattle to engage in making our city healthy, livable and vibrant for generations to come.”

Visionary Award for Leadership: 200 Occidental Building
200 Occidental represents how innovative design can shape the business decisions of leading companies like Weyerhaeuser that want to house their employees in healthy and sustainable urban buildings. Developed by UrbanVisions and designed by Mithun, the building will realize substantial energy and water savings, reductions in carbon emissions and improvements in occupants’ health through use of natural ventilation, a dedicated HVAC system, high-performance glazing, LED lighting, a green roof, and environmentally preferable products. Its location enables an estimated 90% of employees to commute by mass transit, cycling, or walking.

Visionary Award for Energy: Clise-Amazon EcoDistrict
The Clise-Amazon EcoDistrict project is a unique arrangement that transports waste heat from the Westin Building Exchange, an urban data center, across the street to heat Amazon’s corporate campus. The system captures heat that would be lost and puts it to use elsewhere. The unique design will save over 180 million kWh over the next 20 years. Engineered by McKinstry in partnership with Clise Properties, it is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. The project is at once a utility agreement, a renovation and a complex real estate transaction.

Visionary Award for Water: St Charles Apartments
This former Pioneer Square hotel is owned by Plymouth Housing Group, which transforms lives by providing permanent homes to homeless people with few other housing options. It received water and energy upgrades from Emerald Cities Seattle’s RENEW Program in 2016. Onsite assessments were conducted by O’Brien and Company with support from SeattleCity Light and Puget Sound Energy using Seattle 2030 District goals as targets. MacDonald-Miller installed low-flow showerheads, low-flow kitchen aerators, and toilets. Water use has been reduced by 49% from over 70 gallons per bedroom per day down to 36 gallons per day. These innovations, combined with additional energy saving measures, are resulting in a 62% return on investment, bettering the planned 20% target.

Visionary Award for Transportation – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation moved to its new campus five years ago, Seattle required a transportation demand program to be implemented. By working with Seattle 2030 District partner Commute Seattle and using locally produced LUUM software, they developed an internal system that reflects how their full-time employees work with features like daily vs. monthly parking passes and financial incentives for ridesharing and other modes that are linked directly to payroll. In 2009, 88% of employees drove to work alone. That number has dropped to 42% with evidence that the program has contributed to an overall decline in traffic in downtown Seattle.

About Seattle 2030 District
The Seattle 2030 District is composed of 55 million sq. ft. of Seattle’s downtown core with 45% of the properties participating in meeting the organization’s pollution reduction goals. The organization is an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning providing our performance goals, we seek to develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that reduce environmental impacts of facility construction and operations. Visit the Seattle 2030 District’s About Us page to learn more about the organization’s reduction targets for energy, water, and transportation.