January 9, 2001

Seattle Landmark "Goes Green" -- Saves Water

SEATTLE, WA - Downtown shoppers may notice a difference the next time they visit the Pike Place Market — it’s ‘greener’! Famous for its ‘flying fish’ and colorful array of produce and flowers, this prominent historical landmark has teamed up with the City of Seattle and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce to reduce, reuse and recycle its products, packaging and resources, resulting in a more environmentally-friendly neighborhood.

In a public During a recognition eventceremony this morning, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Kerry Killinger recognized the achievements and commitment of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to practice good environmental stewardship. They also announced a new program to help other businesses do the same.

"Pike Place Market is a shining example of the City, merchants and residents partnering together to become real environmental stewards," said Mayor Paul Schell.

"The City and Chamber are committed to educating and enabling area businesses to improve their environmental performance," said Killinger. "Saving energy and natural resources can add up to large monetary savings for Seattle businesses."

The Resource Venture is a $1 million partnership of the Chamber and Seattle Public Utilities

For more than 10 years, the Resource Venture (formerly the Business and Industry Recycling Venture) has successfully helped thousands of local companies to prevent waste, recycle and use recycled products. This new partnership expands services to address sustainable building, water conservation, stormwater pollution prevention and other issues such as hazardous waste management and transportation choices. The Resource Venture also collaborates with Seattle City

Conserving an estimated 20,000 gallons of water a day at a savings of $27,000 a year.

The Market’s water savings resulted from installing a cooling tower that reuses conserves water and from replacing all residential and public toilets with low-flow models. In addition, a major Market vendor, Pike Place Fish, recently pledged to invest in water-saving technology by partnering with SPU. Pike Place Fish is will receiveing rebates through the 1% Water Conservation program for the purchase of the conservation technology.

The Market has kept grease from clogging sewer lines by installing "Big Dippers" that separate grease from dish water.

Seattle Public Utilities has provided several grants to help Market executives continue to explore ways to reduce waste and increase recycling. The Business and Industry Resource Venture has also consulted Market staff on waste prevention and recycling opportunities.


Contact: Sheila Strehle, (206) 684-7688
SPU Seattle Public Utilities - Media Relations