Yesterday was Earth Day. In Seattle it was also the public opening of the Bullitt Center, called the “greenest commercial building in the world.” The high tech building is garnering attention from across the globe. It was built by the Bullitt Foundation, on whose board KOHO owner Harriet Bullitt sits as Vice Chair. With strong environmentalist ideals, the Bullit Center was a project that Harriet Bullitt fully embraced and lobbied for.
Now, the new office building on Capitol Hill has opened. The six-story, 5,000 square-foot Bullitt Center was designed to generate as much electricity as the building requires, collects rainwater for re-use and contains no toxic materials, including PVC or formaldehyde.
The building is being hailed as a leader for environmental construction. It features toilets that compost human waste on site, a rooftop solar system and a 56,000-gallon cistern to capture rainwater. Tenants include the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, the Bullitt Foundation, the International Living Future Institute and others.
With it being Earth Day yesterday, KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner called Denis Hayes. He helped found the very first Earth Day in 1970, and is now president of the Bullitt Foundation.