News: Blog

Oct 13, 2014 by City of Redmond

The FedEx Ground Distribution Facility at 18795 NE 73rd Street in Redmond has been certified LEED Silver.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best in class building strategies and practices.  To earn LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

Designed by Freiheit & Ho Architects, the 212,000 square foot distribution center is the largest industrial building in Redmond.  It houses FedEx Ground offices and sorting and re-distribution equipment.  Sierra Construction Co. was the design-build general contractor.

This is the first LEED certified distribution facility for FedEx.  The project received 18 out of 19 points in the energy-savings category.  This translates to an energy savings of 46 percent.  The building has bike racks and showers, a white reflective root, recycled content and no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials.

Thanks to FedEx for setting the bar for green industrial buildings in Redmond.

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Jul 3, 2014 by City of Redmond
Way to go Redmond residents and businesses!  We've almost met our goal for the PSE Green Power Challenge.
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Jun 30, 2014 by City of Redmond

Let's Become The Greenest Town in Puget Sound

Do your part to help Redmond earn up to $40,000 from Puget Sound Energy for a new solar array in our community by adding your home or business to the ranks of PSE Green Power Customers.

We only need 250 more homes or businesses to join the program to earn the first $20,000 - with the potential to double the award to $40,000 if we outperform the other challenge cities.

Join today for as little as $4 more per month added to your monthly electric bill.  Find out more at

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Jun 4, 2014 by City of Redmond

Quick Tips for Your Lawn and Garden

The best place to start making a difference is right at home.  The tips below will help you get started.

  • Feed your soil with compost; make compost at home, or buy it in bags or in bulk.  Compost helps sandy soils hold nutrients and water, loosens clay soils, and feeds the organisms that are beneficial to soils.
  • Mow higher and leave the clippings.  Modern mulching lawn mowers make "grasscycling" even easier.  Homeowners can reduce their mowing time by 30 to 40 percent by not having to bag clippings.
  • Choose the right plant for the right place.  Select plants that grow well in our region and fit the amount of sun, type of soil and water available in your yard.
  • Give plants a good start.  Prepare the soil by mixing one to three inches of compost into soil in planting beds.
  • Water deeply, but infrequently.  Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to partially dry out between waterings.
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Jun 2, 2014 by City of Redmond

Are you shopping for a new green car?

Two recent reports rank the best green cars.

The editorial staff at auto-world publication Kelley Blue Book has ranked the 10 Best Green Cars of 2014.  This year's number one vehicle is the BMW i3.  The i3 comes in all-electric and gasoline-assisted range-extender versions, and it features an ultra-light carbon-fiber body to help squeeze maximum range from its battery park.  The other nine vehicles, in order, on the list include:  Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Honda Accord Hybrid, Tesla Model 2, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Honda Civic CNG, Lexus ES 300h, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

The Automotive Research Center of AAA also released its newest Green Car Guide.  This year, the Tesla S P85 is atop the AAA's rankings.  According to the Center, "It rides and handles very well; it's extremely quiet and stops on a dime."  The vehicle has a driving range of about 265 miles.  AAA's Green Car Guide examines more than 80 other green vehicles - everything from clean diesels to battery-electric, hybrid-electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.  Joining Tesla among the top-scoring green vehicles are the Toyota RAV4 EV, Audi A7 TDI Quattro Tiptronic, Lexus GS 450h, and Nissan Leaf.

Happy Car Shopping!

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Apr 28, 2014 by City of Redmond

Microsoft Leads the Way on Renewable Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their list of top 100 U.S. organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power.  According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, "By using green power, these companies and organizations are showing that business can flourish while taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon pollution."


Microsoft Corporation ranked number three on this list.  Other winners with a presence in Redmond, although their corporate headquarters are not located here, are Kohl's Department Stores (#2), Whole Foods Market (#4), and Staples (#7). 

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