The City of Seattle has an incentive to keep it green, since it is the largest city in the Evergreen state, but city leaders are taking it a step further with the Clean and Green Seattle Initiative. Most of their efforts have to do with preserving and enhancing green spaces throughout the city, but there are also several interesting projects funded by the Office of Sustainablity and Environment to clean up chosen neighborhoods around the city.
The City of Seattle had this to say about their initiative: "Building healthy neighborhoods, increasing the greenery in our city and promoting green urban development is good for business and the environment. People respond positively to greenery and this sends a positive message about the neighborhood and business district."
Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) has partnered with the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) to fund certain neighborhood business districts for eligible projects. Examples of projects eligible for ‘green’ grants include:
1. Tree plantings or maintenance.
2. Removal of ivy and other invasive plants and replacement with native plantings.
3. Work parties organized for plantings and/or tree and landscape restoration.
4. Design, plant and maintenance of sustainable landscapes.
5. Promotion of sustainable landscaping practices.
6. Interpretive signage that promotes environmentally friendly landscapes.
A major part of the program includes planting trees throughout the city. City government cites a University of Washington study saying that shoppers will pay 11% more on a tree-lined street. The City encourages community-initiated tree plantings, but also ways to encourage commercial developers and redevelopment projects to come together around a green project every month. They promote green and sustainable building techniques, open space acquisition and natural drainage programs. Small project grants from $1,000 to $20,000 and are available
The City Arborist in SDOT, 206-684-7649, can answer questions on tree planting and maintenance, and street trees and can refer you to other appropriate resources. The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) offers a Tree Fund as part of its Neighborhood Matching Funds Program. For information contact DON at 206-684-0465 or visit the Tree fund website at: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/treefund.htm.