Why Live Green?
The Center's Green Features
What's Up With the Solar Panels?
LEED Gold Certification
The Building Grounds
How It Works
Incorporating drought-tolerant native plants into the landscaping will reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by as much as 50%. But the plants aren't the only element of the building grounds that make the High Point Center one of the most innovative and cutting-edge green structures in the country.
The driveway and sidewalks ringing the High Point Center are made of porous concrete, which allows water to to pass slowly through it while filtering out pollutants before entering waterways such as Longfellow Creek and Puget Sound.
Large, older "heritage trees" were saved on the premises in part for their water retention capacity. (Hundreds of trees were saved throughout the greater High Point community as part of its sustainable design.)
Did You Know?
- A weather station sits on the roof and prevents the irrigation system from activating during rain or wind.
- The landscaping minimizes harmful synthetic pesticide, fertilizer and herbicide use, while attracting birds and insects that help pollinate and distribute plant seed.
Landscape your yard to reduce patches of bare soil and large swaths of grass, which require substantial water.