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PROGRESS ON OUR GOALS
Carbon Footprint & Energy Use
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas produced by burning oil, gas, and coal, which contributes to climate change and extreme weather. Since energy conservation can reduce the amount of fossil fuel needed to operate buildings and provide transportation, the City will continue to reduce energy use in its own operations and assist the Shoreline community in reducing own energy needs through greener buildings and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Shoreline's City Hall Takes the Gold in Energy Efficiency
Shoreline City Hall is a highly efficient, LEED® Gold-certified building with innovative energy- and water-saving features, including solar shades to keep the building cooler on sunny days, and a 3,050-square-foot green roof that insulates the structure. In 2012, City Hall was responsible for 33% fewer emissions than a typical Northwest office building and 10% fewer emissions than a typical ENERGYSTAR office building, per square foot.
We are fortunate in the Pacific Northwest to have abundant water for fish, wildlife, and drinking water, but climate change will bring warmer weather and drier summers that can increase the demand for water. Water also requires energy to transport, clean, and heat for irrigating and drinking. To lower Shoreline’s carbon footprint, conserve resources, and save money, the City aims to reduce water use in its operations and help residents and businesses do the same.
Saving Water with Efficient Irrigation
The City has been installing high-efficiency irrigation controls in parks and facilities since 2005. Water efficiency is especially important along the Aurora corridor, since irrigation at these locations composed one-third of the City’s entire municipal water use in 2012. To increase water efficiency along the Aurora corridor, the City installed an innovative control system to easily and quickly monitor irrigation water use and turn it off during rain events.
Clean, Renewable Energy
Moving to clean, renewable energy just makes sense. It cuts pollution, helping to clean our air. It saves money and prevents resources from being depleted. And it creates local jobs here in the Pacific Northwest.
Solarize Shoreline Campaign
Shoreline collaborated with nonprofit Spark Northwest to launch Solarize Shoreline, a bulk-purchasing program that helped residents leverage their collective purchasing power to install solar systems at a deep discount. The City also partnered with Shoreline Community College and contractor Northwest Electric & Solar to implement the project. Through the campaign, over 203 households learned about solar options, and Northwest Electric & Solar installed 16 solar arrays, adding 117 kilowatts of renewable energy generation capacity to Shoreline.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Audit your home, then take action
A recent study conducted for King County found that retrofitting homes to consume less energy, both through improvements to the building envelope (walls, floors, and roofs) and upgrades in heating and air-conditioning systems, can reduce household energy use and greenhouse gas pollution by 45%. Seattle City Light offer various rebates and tips on energy savings for homes and rentals, along with Energy Advisors who can help you identify ways to be more efficient and save money at work and at home.
Lower your landscaping water needs
Native plants are adapted to our climate of wet winters and dry summers, and require less water and attention than non-natives require. Visit King County’s Native Plant Guide to start adding native plants, such as beach strawberries, red elderberries, and big-leaf maples into your yard or garden.
The Shoreline Solar Project, a local nonprofit established in 2004, hosts an annual renewable energy and sustainable living fair called NW SolarFest. Located at the Shoreline Community College, the event features live music, speakers, workshops, electric car displays, energy-efficient home tours, and over 100 exhibitors and vendors.