City of Seattle Wins 2016 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Award

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) today announced the winners of the 2016 EPEAT Sustainable Purchasing Awards, which recognize excellence in the procurement of sustainable electronics. EPEAT is a free and trusted source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy for purchasers to select high-performance electronics that support their organization’s sustainability goals. EPEAT is managed by the Green Electronics Council.

The City of Seattle was one of 38 award winners representing a wide range of organizations, including national and provincial/state governments, leading academic institutions and the healthcare sector.

Read the EPEAT press release.

Mariners Recognize Seattle City Light for Partnership in Energy Efficiency

Seattle City Light and nine other organizations that have helped the Seattle Mariners reduce the environmental impact of Safeco Field operations will be recognized before tonight’s Earth Day game vs. the Houston Astros.

City Light recently provided energy efficiency incentives to help the Mariners replace 579 field and work lights with energy efficient LEDs, which made Safeco Field the first Major League Baseball stadium with all LED lighting for its playing field.

The lighting upgrade will reduce the Mariners’ electricity consumption by about 778,000 kilowatt-hours and save the team about $54,000 per year.

City Light supports energy conservation as its first resource of choice to meet the energy needs of our customers. Helping customers reduce their energy consumption through efficiency upgrades also is more cost-effective than purchasing additional electricity on the energy market or building a new power plant.

City Light is providing about $196,000 in incentives for the project, which is about 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour saved.

For tonight’s game, the Mariners used City Light’s Green Up program to purchase 47 kilowatt-hours of electricity from renewable energy resources, including wind farms and dairy gas plants. That’s the expected energy consumption for the entire stadium during the game.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


Seattle Aquarium honored for sustainable operations

The Seattle Aquarium received two awards for sustainable operations in October of 2014. The first was the 2014 “Visionary Leadership Award” presented by the Seattle 2030 District, or S2030D, a high-performance building district in downtown Seattle that aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations.

The Aquarium was honored for energy-efficient retrofits, carbon capture through tree planting and solar panels constructed on its Pier 59 facility, among the largest array on an aquarium in the country. The institution was cited by the 2030 District for embodying “the visionary leadership across disciplines necessary to meet our most challenging environmental goals and for being a champion for water quality and restoration of Puget Sound.”

In addition, the Aquarium was honored to receive a “Community Impact Award” from Seattle Business magazine. The awards honored “the region’s most influential community leaders” and celebrated 24 honorees in categories ranging from sustainability to youth development. The Aquarium received a silver award in the “Sustainability in Business Operations” category.

Sustainable business practices are an important part of delivering on our institution’s vision, notes Aquarium President & CEO Bob Davidson. “The Aquarium’s mission is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. And that’s not limited to our waterways. Every step we take toward sustainability—from energy sources we rely on to reducing our carbon footprint—benefits the incredible marine and terrestrial world around us.”


About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way.

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