District Member Resources

The Seattle 2030 District will conduct, leverage, and/or make avaliable the following diverse, new and existing services that members may not ordinarily have access to in one place. It is the intention of the Seattle 2030 District to utilitze strategic partnerships to provide District Members with the services, tools and support needed to acomplish the performance goals of the District. 

More Information for each Member Category

In order to help District Members understand the benefits offered with their membership, as well as the District itself, a description and summary of benefits has been created for the following member types: 


More than 66% of District properties are small commercial buildings (under 50,000 sq. ft.) and, according to our performance data, they have far more room for improvement than their larger counterparts.  This Department of Energy-funded multi-year project allows the Seattle 2030 District to work directly with building and business owners to deliver a 20% energy usage reduction in their building. 

The Seattle 2030 District has created a suite of Small Commercial Building Tools and Resources that are designed specifically for our Members in order to help them achieve their energy reduction target.

Your membership in the Seattle 2030 District can also help create replicable Case Studies of actual energy-saving projects through our Demonstration Partner program.  The sharing of results from these energy-savings projects will assist other local Members as well as those in 2030 Districts nationally in identifying and assessing potential opportunities within their own buildings.  When you participate in the Seattle 2030 District Small Commercial project, you will be asked to become a Demonstration Partner and share your successful, energy-savings stories with others.

For further information and/or to join with other buildings in this exciting opportunity, please contact John Watson, Small Commercial Program Manager at 425.941.9666, or at johnwatson@2030districts.org or follow the link below.

Small Commercial Program


The Seattle 2030 District is pleased to announce a partnership with Nissan of North America to install Electric Vehicle charging stations in up to ten (10) Seattle 2030 District member building garages in 2014. These charging stations are available at either free or heavily discounted prices. Please see the attached program description and contact us with any questions, thank you!

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Polluted runoff is the #1 source of pollution in Puget Sound. The Seattle 2030 District recognizes this issue, and in late 2013, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to tackle stormwater management as part of our water performance criteria. We commissioned Herrera Inc. to develop this stormwater calculator to help our members understand their current stormwater management performance, to assess the feasibility and impact of available measures, and to look at their potable water use and stormwater management holistically. This tool is freely available for use and distribution.

The Stormwater Calculator 


Seattle building owners are fortunate to have a wide array of incentives from major utilities available for energy and water-saving projects. Keeping track of these incentives and their applicability is a complex task. As a service to our members, The Seattle 2030 District has assembled this Utility Incentive Matrix, covering available incentives and resources from the following utilities:

            - Puget Sound Energy

            - Seattle City Light

            - Seattle Public Utilities

            - Seattle Steam

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As a member of the Seattle 2030 District you get greater access to Commute Seattle services, which can help support worksite sustainability initiatives, promote worksite amenities and services, reduce your drive-alone rate and earn LEED points, and comply with Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) regulations. Whatever your motivator, Commute Seattle can make it easy.

Commute Seattle - Commute Program Services

2030 Transportation Checklist:  Commercial Office Buildings

You also gain access to the Property Toolkit - Commute Solutions for Downtown Seattle Commercial Property Managers, providing a one-stop resource for sustainable transportation products, services, and incentives in Downtown Seattle.

BOMA Transportation Toolkit

Best of all, as a member of the Seattle 2030 District, Commute Seattle will come to your building to do a basic transportation survey to help downtown property owners evaluate a buildings’ performance in a number of transportation “mode split” categories and provides recommendations on how to improve performance and prioritize commute trip reduction efforts.

For more information on this service please e-mail matthewcombe@2030districts.org


The Seattle 2030 District is pleased to propose the following pilot project with Switch Automation, in conjunction with Seattle City Light, Microsoft, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development.

Switch Automation is the first automation company to announce an entirely cloud-based, on-demand platform, bringing cost effective and future-proof energy management and automation services to create the world’s most connected and intelligent buildings. The Seattle 2030 District has engaged Switch Automation to provide monitoring and analysis for Seattle 2030 District buildings that are learning about big data, priming them to make the leap into an eventual automation and analytics solution. Switch Automation will also create an aggregated view of results for Seattle 2030 District to share.

Fifteen member buildings from The Seattle 2030 District are currently piloting Switch’s platform for analyzing 15-minute interval energy use data from Seattle City Light.

Project goals and overview:

This project is part of the Seattle 2030 District’s Smart Buildings Pilot program, and has the following overall goals:

  • Increase awareness among building owners about the availability and the potential for near real-time energy data to deliver knowledge, empowerment and ultimately energy savings. 
  • This follows on from the current standard of monthly data for analyzing energy use
  • Create additional demand for services related to near real-time data,  monitoring, building analytics, and other tools which have the potential to increase building energy and resource efficiency
  • Secure Seattle’s place as a market leader in the Smart Buildings arena


The Seattle 2030 District is coordinating a Smart Buildings Pilot Program with Microsoft, Accenture, Seattle City Light, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development to help building owners and operators get to the next level of building efficiency through advanced building analytics.

Smart Building Solutions (SBS) uses advanced data analytics to provide enterprise energy management services to commercial building owners, helping them reduce energy usage and maintenance costs, while improving occupant comfort.

SBS leverages the convergence of IT and Building Technologies to provide a suite of data-focused services to reduce building operating costs by up to 30%. The continuous analytics improves equipment performance that results in a number of tangible and intangible benefits for building owners and occupants.

  • Lower utility bills (decreased consumption and demand)
  • Lower carbon emissions
  • Lower maintenance costs (parts and labor)
  • Increased equipment life
  • Lower risk of catastrophic equipment failures
  • Improved tenant comfort, retention, and leasing rates

​​Smart Buildings Overview


The 2030 District has partnered with the Better Buildings Challenge and will connect 2030 District Members with Better Building Challenge Financial Allies that commit to transparency and ‘good faith’ efforts to evaluate projects, technology Allies that commit to providing innovative products, and Service Allies that commit to provide best practice business models for energy savings and disclosure of results. 


Through the Better Buildings Challenge the 2030 District will showcase 2030 District Members who leverage, develop and share innovative energy efficiency implementation models. Projects should demonstrate immediate, concrete actions resulting in significant and real savings.


Through partnership and collaboration with the C40 Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Seattle 2030 District is able to extend discounted pricing with leading suppliers of a variety of energy efficient building technologies to Seattle 2030 District projects that have signed commitment letters and agreed to target the Districts long-term performance goals.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) provide the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting (BEPC) model, an effective model contract and supporting documents that allow building owners and operators to execute sophisticated energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.


The 2030 District informs members about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager trainings offered by the US EPA, the City of Seattle, BetterBricks and other organizations. These trainings typically cover a basic understanding of the tool and do not cover every scenario members may encounter. For more hands-on assistance, the 2030 District has partnered with local firms that have helped many owners use Portfolio Manager to work with District members. District members have also contributed to the creation of aPerformance Data Sharing Overview Document to assist one another. The 2030 District has also further leveraged its partnership with the City of Seattle to make sure that reporting requirements for the City’s Disclosure Ordinance (using Portfolio Manager) are compatible with reporting for Seattle 2030 District members.


In partnership with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance the District facilitated the first Value Beyond Cost Savings session, a groundbreaking event based on the Green Finance Consortium's book by the same name, designed to elevate the conversation around green building measures above simple payback calculations. Some key investigations:
  • How sustainability considerations can be modeled in discount cash flow analyses and proformas
  • The sensitivity of asset value and the 12 financial inputs most affected by sustainability
  • The importance of market context and evaluating risk on sustainability investment decisions
Additional trainings will be offered in 2012. 


The Seattle 2030 District will provide an integrated team approach and leverage its partnership with Seattle City Light to provide audits, or efficiency assessments, that are comprehensive and ensure that all potential savings opportunities are identified. The integrated A-T-D approach will assist property owners to align assessments with clear definition of improvement strategies, available incentives, grants and rebates, qualified service providers to execute the work, financing strategies to match owner requirements and with methods to maintain improvements over time. A draft of the process is available upon request. Part of the A-T-D process is a simplified 2030 District audit cover sheet, showing basic information about where a project stands related to the year 2030 performance goals, how far a particular project proposal takes it, and what else should be examined to reach the year 2030 goals.
2030 District standards and methodologies including, The 2030 District Roadmap, an internal work plan and agreement on process have been created to assist with important processes. Relatedly, The Efficiency Improvement Flowchart for Existing Buildingshas been created for those performing renovations (ESCO’s and those who are financing) and to get both short and long term (difficult and easier improvements) bundled together to achieve greatest impact.
The 2030 District has been coordinating with Seattle City Light (SCL) and their incentive programs, allowing District members to be the first to participate in new SCL programs like their Retro-Commissioning Program, which provides scholarships to the Building Operators Certification (BOC) Program, energy audits and incentives, among other benefits.
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The Seattle 2030 District, through the City of Seattle and its funding from the EPA Climate Showcase Communities grant, is developing a suite of services for new construction projects to motivate them to meet the goals of the Seattle 2030 District and the 2030 Challenge. This suite of services is being designed to reduce overall land use and building permit time by 25%, to make permit cycles predictable and dependable, to include a single point of contact to establish performance goals, coordinate expedited multi-departmental permitting, to provide streamlined assistance with assembling incentives, grants and rebates, and to engage with the project after completion to confirm performance and provide project recognition.