It’s been several years in the works, but with the opening of the new Green Resource Center in Edmonds City Hall, builders and homeowners now have a one-stop shop for all the information they need to incorporate sustainability and environmental values into their projects.
At an open house Wednesday, State Rep. (and former Edmonds City Councilmember) Strom Peterson of Edmonds praised the new center as a “showcase of environmental building” and “a real show-stopper” that puts Edmonds in the lead among Washington cities taking positive action to promote sustainability.
The center is located in the newly remodeled Development Services lobby on the second floor of City Hall, at 121 5th Ave. N. It is strategically placed so that builders and homeowners applying for building permits have immediate access to the latest information, interactive displays and working models showing how to bring sustainability into their projects.
“If you’re building a driveway, you’ll see the latest innovations in permeable substrates and a working model showing how they function,” said Peterson. “If you’re tearing out drywall, we have comprehensive information on the latest materials and insulation options.”
Calling it “a great addition to our community,” Mayor Dave Earling recalled how people were talking about such a resource center when he first took office in 2011, and that it’s taken “lots of hard work by a team of very dedicated individuals” to make it a reality.
Development Services Director Shane Hope talked about how the former lobby — “a cramped, dusty place with no daylight” — became the light, welcoming space it is today.
“We’ve added energy-efficient lighting, used low VOC paint, quartz countertops, cabinetry made of sustainable bamboo, and opened up windows to the outside,” she explained. “We aren’t just talking about sustainability — we’re incorporating it right here. It all comes together to create welcoming, comfortable space where builders and homeowners can learn, ask questions, and get accurate up-to-date information to help them build modern, sustainable, efficient projects.”
In addition to information, the Green Resource Center offers a public-use computer, energy meters for checkout, comfortable seating, and even a kids area with educational resources to help the next generation learn about sustainability.
“I think it’s so appropriate that the new windows provide a panoramic view of Puget Sound,” concluded Peterson. “And that’s really what this is all about. This resource center is a shining example of the positive action we’re taking to ensure that this special place remains for future generations to enjoy.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel