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It’s easy being green in Seattle

Green Meetings

Plan a convention, meeting or conference in a city that eats, breathes and acts green. When in Seattle, attendees can do what locals do and practice conservation. It’s easy in forward-thinking Seattle when it comes to recycling, composting and alternative energy. The website of Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment is a complete resource to discover all of the environmental programs throughout the city.

Sustainable Seattle
Zero-sum emissions by Seattle City Light — the first major utility in the nation to achieve this sustainability honor. Seattle is also one of two ports in the U.S. to provide shore power to cruise ships, allowing them to shut down engines while docked, reducing pollution. Across the city, you’ll see efforts to boost urban landscaping and Seattle continues to win national clean, green awards.

Earth-Friendly Hotels
Meeting attendees can rest assured they are gathering (and sleeping) in a city filled with environmentally-progressive hotels. Numerous Seattle hotels set and raise standards for the hospitality industry. LEED-certified buildings, composting food scraps, recycling everything, water conservation, lighting conservation, vegetative roofs are all ways Seattle’s hotel community contributes to the Emerald City’s reputation for green innovation and leadership.

A sampling of eco-friendly practices at Seattle-area hotels:
  • Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is the only downtown hotel to support renewable energy projects by offering carbon footprinting and offsetting for meetings and guest rooms.
  • Sheraton Seattle Hotel landed on the Top-10 Green Hotels list by Mother Nature Network.
  • Hyatt at Olive 8 was the first LEED-certified hotel in Seattle with a living roof and more.
  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel (a 5-diamond gem) composts and uses energy-smart methods to curb its carbon footprint.
  • Alexis Hotel, Hotel Monaco and Hotel Vintage Park each earned Energy Star certification for their comprehensive recycling and green practices.
  • Best Western Executive Inn has all “eco-rooms” with dozens of nontoxic cleaning supplies, soaps and more.
  • Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel reduces fossil fuel use and employs a range of methods to stay green.
  • Heatherman Hotel in Kirkland won Energy Star certification for its creative energy-saving measures.

convention spotlight

Green Meeting and Convention Venues — The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) —the largest event and meeting facility in the state—hosts trade shows, exhibitions, meetings, conferences and receptions within more than 414,000 square feet of flexible space. WSCC features sustainable culinary practices, energy-efficient lighting, environment-friendly cleaning products and industry-leading eco-friendly practices.

With cutting-edge technology and plush Northwest-inspired interior, The Conference Center—the Washington State Convention Center's new meeting space—is LEED-certified and offers green services, delectable foods and executive-style space. Most unique feature? Conference tables crafted from 1,000-year-old reclaimed wood.

To see all the things Washington State Convention Center and The Conference Center does to earn its greenest ranking on the City of Seattle's "Get On The Map" program, click here and type “Washington State Convention Center ” into the search box.

Hybrid transport
— Seattle metro hybrid diesel-electric buses (winner of Clean Air Excellence Award), electric trolleys and Green Cab Seattle’s all-hybrid taxi fleet offer earth-friendly transportation options to visitors.

Walkable Seattle — Our foot-friendly city has world-class restaurants, hotels, attractions and activities all within a waterfront environment. Head to a quaint Seattle neighborhood to walk where locals do, sip locally-brewed coffee and shop in boutiques. Olympic Sculpture Park offers a place to stroll an outdoor park sprinkled with sculptures and views Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

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