Seattle is home to some of the most innovative individuals and technology corporations in our nation. With its flurry of grassroots organizations, the Space Needle, the Monorail, famous coffeehouses and gorgeous scenery, Seattle has earned a reputation for being one of the most attractive and environmentally friendly cities in the U.S.
Seattle boasts numerous eco-friendly accomplishments. Green roofs grow atop the Department of Justice building and City Hall. By the year 2000, city administrative offices had reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent. The public electric company, Seattle City Light, committed to conserving energy and running the whole city without emitting greenhouse gases. And over 2,000 community garden plots grow throughout the city, providing nourishing food for low-income city dwellers.
Seattle has its downsides as well. In recent decades, the city has been the victim of its own great press, and Seattle's population and traffic congestion has soared. As a result, Seattle's citizens and its government are searching for (and often debating) the solutions.