Do you know about the Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition?

 

 

The Coalition is comprised of the Friends of the Conservatory, The Volunteer Park Trust and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, with the goal of making the infrastructure of the Park and its institutions more efficient and environmentally sound. The Sustainability Coalition works closely with the Seattle Park Department, Seattle Public Utilities and conservation groups to make Volunteer Park a standard for the intelligent and cost-effective use of resources.  

In 2012, the City of Seattle released the Volunteer Park Conservatory Financial Strategy Report, outlining ways for the Conservatory to operate sustainability in the future. The idea of sustainability sparked a notion with FOC Board Member and architect Audrey Van Horne:

“What if the Conservatory could decrease reliance upon general funds by implementing smart resource management and alternatives on the Conservatory Grounds?”

From this idea the FOC Sustainability Committee was formed! 

Initially the Committee researched several projects on the Conservatory campus such as solar gain, ground source heating, and rain and gray water retention and recycling. Along the way the realization was made that the whole of Volunteer Park could benefit from such sustainability initiatives, and invitations our Volunteer Park neighbor organizations were sent.

Three years later, the then modest FOC committee has expanded to become the Volunteer Park Sustainability Coalition. Today the Coalition is comprised of the Friends of the Conservatory, The Volunteer Park Trust, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, with the goal of making the infrastructure of the Park and its institutions more efficient and environmentally sound.

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