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Sustainabilityat Summit

Meet Green at Summit

Seattle is the Emerald City, but not simply for the color that emanates from our natural surroundings. To many, Seattle is renowned for its green initiatives, and Summit, Seattle Convention Center’s new facility, follows in that legacy.  

Opened to national groups in January 2023, the new building has achieved LEED Platinum certification.  Even before its doors had opened, the Summit building won vision awards for sustainability. Here are a few reasons why.

5 Ways Summit is Making a Difference 

  • Summit’s interior incorporates sustainably sourced, recyclable, and recycled materials.
  • Reclaimed wood from a former building on the same site was milled and used for railings.
  • Summit’s 14,000 sq. ft. Garden Terrace helps reduce the heat island effect of the urban area.
  • Rainwater is captured in two tanks totaling 400,000 gallons, then is filtered and used.
  • Radiant heat flooring absorbs heat from the sun to aid in warming the building.

5 Ways Seattle is Leading the Way

  • SEA Airport was the first in North America to earn certification for reducing carbon emissions. 
  • Electric-powered Link light rail connects SEA Airport to downtown Seattle. 
  • Plastic utensils have been banned in Seattle bars and restaurants since 2018. 
  • Over 90% of the city’s electricity comes from hydropower. 
  • Seattle diverts over 60% of waste—nearly double the national average. 


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