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Ten in '10 Initiatives

City of Bellingham and Sustainable Connections collaboration on a set of ten tasks to be accomplished in 2010.

1)  Green Building "Bin-Bump-Up" Pilot - created an expedited green permit review program for documented green projects (LEED Gold, BuiltGreen 4&5 Star, or equivalent).

2)  Construction Waste Recycling Pilot - development of policies to reduce construction and demolition debris entering the waste stream.

3)  Green Code Adoption - conducted analysis of  standards set forth in the International Green Construction Code.  Anticipate State adoption in 2012.  New State Energy Code effective January 1, 2011.

4)  Transportation Mode Shift Incentive - reduction in transportation impact fees for measures proven to reduce on-site trip generation, such as Urban Villages, distance to Whatcom Transportation Authority Go-Lines and utilizing Commute Trip Reduction programs.

5)  Subject-To-Field-Inspection Permits - New over-the-counter permit for small projects that do not require plan review.

6)  Sustainable Water Management Program - creation of rules and polices encouraging grey water and rain water harvesting.  Click here for City information on water conservation.

7)  Green Roof Initiative- encouraging green roofs as a LID strategy, developing case studies (Bellingham/Whatcom  Housing Authority tower retrofits) and monitoring of Lightcatcher Museum green roof.  

8)  Compilation of public and private utility incentives- a single source of comprehensive information on energy conservation.

9)  Staff training:  Established Green Permit Review Team and continued training on green building methods.

10)  Advanced Materials and Methods (AMM) - clear guidance and requirements for advanced green building techniques (i.e. solar water heaters, porous concrete and composting toilets).

Contact for more information:  Kim Weil, Planning Department, kweil@cob.org, (360) 778-8356.

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