Improving the environment
We install demonstration projects and hold events and educational workshops to engage community members in improving the environment. In the process wonderful community connections are fostered among participants, leading to greater visions of what is possible in their neighborhoods.
Our current projects focus on mitigating stormwater pollution because it is negatively impacting the health of Puget Sound and Lake Washington. We work with the Seattle and King County RainWise program which provides incentives for residents and businesses to install green infrastructure like rain gardens, permeable pavers, or cisterns. We have a long way to go in these installations.
What is a Rain Garden?
Our depave projects take up asphalt and replace it with permeable pavers, rain gardens or trees to stop stormwater runoff pollution. Support for Depave the Duwamish was provided by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grant making fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.
Highland Park Improvement Club
Residents in Seattle’s Highland Park came together with Sustainable Seattle and King County to transform a problematic asphalt parking lot into a vibrant site with rain gardens, cisterns, and a permeable paver patio.
SplashBoxx is an above-ground solution to treat contaminated runoff with gardens and specialty soils. Sustainable Seattle is partnered with GeAlogica to compare soil types in an experiment underway at the Port of Seattle.
Sustainable Rain’s 5 Rain Gardens
Early in the Rainwise program there was a need for demonstration gardens at sites around Seattle. Sustainable Seattle installed five gardens at homes, community centers, and small businesses to illustrate the potential to prevent stormwater runoff pollution.
White Center’s Holy Family Church And School
Holy Family Church and School in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood has undergone a great deal of change through the addition of several rain gardens and cisterns. This large project was accomplished along with King County and the City of Seattle through their Rainwise program.
Congratulations to the Ethiopian Community Services Center and South Park Merchants Association on your freshly depaved green spaces!
The Ethiopian Community in Seattle created a multi-generational parklet surrounded by pollinator-friendly plants. South Park added a welcoming green space to their new gateway for the business district. Inspired by the good folks at Portland’s Depave.org.