Community, Environmental Sustainability

Northwest School Hosts Community Discussion on Stormwater Runoff

The Northwest School partnered with Seattle 2030 District and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division to host a community event discussing water conservation and stormwater runoff in Capitol Hill on Thursday, Aug. 8.

“Seattle 2030 District is organizing and supporting property owners in reducing their environmental impact, which is critical to collectively and individually addressing climate change,” says Northwest School Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability Jenny Cooper. “I am proud that Northwest is a member of Seattle 2030 District because it commits us to reducing out environmental impact, aligns with our mission, and provides us with structure, support, and accountability to further strengthen our efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of our school’s operations and facilities.”

Seattle 2030 District Program Director Steven Fry explained to the 20 plus community members in attendance that program’s goal is to cut stormwater runoff and potable water use in Seattle by 50 percent by 2030 (228 million gallons). Steven cited the difficulty that densely packed neighborhoods like Capitol Hill create.

“A lot of our solutions to stormwater runoff need space, and that is a premium in this neighborhood,” says Steven. “We need to be creative. That is why we look beyond the lot line and approach the community.”

Jo Sullivan and Johnson Nguyen, representatives from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, joined the evening to provide a list of mini-grants and credit programs citizens can use to implement water cisterns, rain gardens, green roofs, and other stormwater retention methods on their private property. Learn more about some of the programs available by clicking here or here.