Depave the Duwamish
Depave the Duwamish is making progress! Launched in October 2014, we are working with interested property owners to transform excess asphalt into beautiful green spaces that are a benefit for customers, employees, and the greater community.
Urban Systems Design and Sustainable Seattle are partnering on the project, with support from King County Green Grants and King Conservation District. Inspired by the Depave model out of Portland, the asphalt will be removed by construction site leaders and community volunteers, and then recycled and replaced with trees and other greenery.
What are the benefits?
There are many reasons we are undertaking this project. One of them is the heat island effect caused by over-abundant asphalt. Asphalt and other dark colored materials contribute to this effect. They collect heat and then slowly release it back into the atmosphere causing the temperature to stay hotter longer. Want to learn more about heat islands? Check out the Depave the Duwamish blog .
Right now, the team is seeking potential feasible sites. These feasible sites are identified with the input from data analysis, community stakeholders in the Duwamish Valley, and property owners. These sites are those that contain impermeable surfaces, are disconnected from the combined sewer system, are not known to be toxic clean-up sites, AND have property owners interested in partnering with Depave the Duwamish.
Do you live in Georgetown or South Park or nearby? Help us find a site! You can “ground truth” potential sites, or suggest a site. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.