High Point, Seattle - Sustainable Features

Sustainable Features

The redevelopment embraced many sustainable development principles. The site and rental housing are certified at the highest BuiltGreen levels. Nearly all rental housing and homeowner units are Energy Star rated. The site features porous sidewalks and parking areas, and the only porous pavement street in Washington State. The site is situated atop a 120 acres (49 ha) engineered natural drainage system, which uses the ground to filter rainwater, instead channeling water into a traditional conveyance system.

Part of the housing program was the creation of 60 "breathe-easy" homes, which were specially designed to accommodate people suffering from asthma. Initial residents of these homes will be part of a study to determine of homes build to reduce off-gassing will mitigate asthma symptoms.

In 2014, 20-30 organic vegetable gardens will be built for low income residents by Just Garden Project, a local nonprofit.

High Point hosted the Seattle Green Living Expo in September 2006. Sponsored by the City of Seattle, it attracted 18,000 visitors over two weekends. Expo visitors were offered docent-guided tours of the sustainable and Built Green features of the neighborhood and the homes.

The neighborhood redevelopment plan has been recognized with some of the most prestigious land use and development awards, among them the 2007 ULI Global Award of Excellence, the 2007 EPA National Award for Smart Growth, and the 2007 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

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