How We Improve the Environment
The Center's Robert M. Arnold Building was certified with the LEED Award (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Our campus, comprising six separate but interrelated buildings, parking and a series of open spaces including landscaped courtyards, walkways and bridges, has become a catalyst for a now thriving neighborhood where people live, work and play.
- Maintained erosion and sedimentation control during construction for site development.
- 75% of construction waste was recycled
- 20% of materials used in construction were recycled materials
- 30% of construction materials were manufactured within a 500-mile radius
- Thousands of tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site for the campus development
As buildings have been designed and built to maximize efficiency, we have also, on an ongoing basis, implemented new conservation projects to continually upgrade existing buildings.
- 18 million kwh saved per year
- 358,000 therms saved per year
- $1,475,000 annual savings
- Utility incentives of $2,730,000
The Center uses a variety of alternative sources to irrigate landscaping.
With a campus surrounded by two lakes and Puget Sound, we are keenly aware of water as a precious natural resource that must be conserved and preserved. The Center has taken a variety of measures to reduce water use, including adding efficient plumbing fixtures and mechanical system features. The Center also:
- De-ionized water production efficiency, saving 3.5 million gallons annually
- Heat recovery from laboratory glassware washers, saving 3 million gallons annually
- Non-chemical water treatment system eliminates the use of 2000 pounds of chemicals annually, also saving more than 300,000 gallons of city water each year
- Using clean effluent from one wash process to reuse in a prewash cycle elsewhere provides an annual savings of 900,000 gallons annually
- Use groundwater for irrigation eliminating the use of city water at a savings of 540,000 gallons annually
Recycling has long been a way of life for most Northwest businesses and homes. In addition to the now-common practices of carefully marked recycle bins for paper, cans, glass and plastic, the Center salvages and reuses many chemicals used in research.
- Approximately 62 tons of food waste is recycled each year
- Over 500 tons of material are kept out of landfills annually
- Redistributed 246 pounds of chemicals through our chemical redistribution service
- Achieved an EnviroStars Award for hazardous materials management
More than 200 Center employees bike to work.
With incentives for employees to reduce CO2 emissions by ride-sharing, mass transit and other alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle commuting, the Center has set a high standard for other Puget Sound area organizations.
- 1550 Hutch Pass passes issued
- More than 200 employees commute daily by bike
- Provide a free shuttle service between key medical centers, eliminating the need for individual cars and reducing an estimated 81,413 pounds of carbon per year
- Carpool and vanpool programs
The Center has, since the earliest inception of the campus master plan, devoted much attention to the quality of the work environment. The resulting campus incorporates a series of buildings with uniquely attractive work, lab, meeting and resting spaces linked by walkways, bridges and landscaped courtyards.
- Labs are designed with large windows to maximize use of natural light
- The roof deck provides researchers and other staff access to fresh air, sunlight and stunning views
- Edson Park, on the northwest corner of campus, is available for the public's enjoyment and enhances our South Lake Union community