In the last 10 years the most distinguished shape in Seattle’s skyline has undergone many ‘greening’ upgrades. Here are the highlights:
- Expanded glass only recycling program to commingled collection including metals, paper, and plastics as well as compost collection.
- Increased capture rate of recyclables from 16.8 percent in 2007 to 53.0 percent by mid 2008.
- Installed compact fluorescent bulbs throughout the base resulting in an average 3.85 kilowatts savings per hour.
- Installed energy-efficient light fixtures in a 24-hour stairwell resulting in 13,560 kilowatt-hours savings per year.
- Installation of state of the art hot water and plumbing system in the top house reduced energy usage by an estimated 30 percent.
- Bottled Water at SkyCity, the Space Needle’s revolving restaurant, has been replaced with high quality filtered water, reducing the carbon footprint.
- Green cleaning products have replaced toxic chemicals used by janitorial services.
- Grease interceptors at all kitchen sinks separate grease from the sewer system. The grease is then recycled.
- Water saving aerators and sprayers have been installed, reducing flow rates to 0.5 gpm at hand sinks and 0.6 gpm at kitchen pot sinks.
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