Seattle Most Sustainable City

This week, Seattle was awarded a 5-STAR Community Rating for its advances in sustainability.  Seattle scored the highest ever scored and is the second city to receive the 5 STAR rating.  The rating is based on the livability and sustainability of communities in the US.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray acknowledged the efforts in the leadership and within the community that led to the city’s achievement.  He said the commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions was apparent for residents and businesses in the area.  STAR Communities also pointed out the health benefits, strong economy, and well-being of the community that was benefiting from the city’s practices.

The ratings are based on seven sustainability goal areas: built environment; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education; arts and community; equity and empowerment; health and safety; and natural systems.  Seattle City Light was the first electric utility in the US to become carbon neutral.  Seattle uses Community Power Works, which is a energy efficiency and economic development program that has helped 3,000 families with home energy upgrades while supporting local home contractors.  The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public-private partnership working to restore and maintain forested parklands within the city.  Seattle is also one of only five cities in the US where less than half of commuters are driving to work alone.  There hae been great increases in the number of people bicycling and walking in the city.