SCC Summit. Image: Adam Hunter/LMN Architects

Sustainabilityat Summit

Seattle Convention Center’s new facility leads with green initiatives

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 expects to achieve at least LEED Gold certification—and will pursue Platinum certification if funding allows for additional solar panels. Summit has also achieved Salmon-Safe certification, a peer-reviewed program that certifies and monitors projects to improve their benefits to the environment, particularly around restoring urban watersheds.  

Even before its doors had opened, the Summit building won vision awards for sustainability. The building’s design prioritizes efficiency, connections with the surrounding neighborhoods, open and engaging public spaces, and a unique experience that embodies Seattle’s special qualities. We can’t wait to share it with you.  

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 filtered and used for landscaping irrigation as well as toilet flushing. 
  • 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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