NW Energy Coalition to honor Seattle's first living building on June 12

Bullitt Center

Bullitt Foundation will receive Headwaters Award
during 4 Under Forty event at the Bullitt Center

SEATTLE – The Bullitt Center at 1501 E. Madison St. was designed to demonstrate that buildings can produce all the energy they need, even in cloud-plagued Seattle. Just two years into its operation, the facility has been deemed the “greenest commercial building in the world” by World Architecture News and is well on the way to exceeding its goals.

For showing the tremendous potential of energy efficiency and on-site power generation in buildings, the Bullitt Foundation has earned the NW Energy Coalition’s coveted Headwaters Award. Foundation CEO Denis Hayes will accept the award during the Coalition’s 4 Under Forty event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, to be held – appropriately – at the Bullitt Center.

In 2013, the Center used just a quarter of the energy that a similar new building meeting Seattle’s energy code would use. Its rooftop solar panels produced more than a quarter-million kilowatt-hours of electricity, leading Hayes to declare that the Center will go beyond net zero (meeting all its own energy needs) to net positive (generating more than it uses).

The title event – 4 Under Forty — honors four leaders less than 40 years old: Tara Anderson of SustainableWorks, Jessica Finn Coven of Climate Solutions, Ben Otto of the Idaho Conservation League and Gus Takala of Puget Sound Energy. Each of these young leaders is bringing the benefits of clean and affordable energy to the people of the Northwest. (Click here for information on the 4 Under Forty honorees.)

In addition, the Coalition will bestow the inaugural Doug Still Community Organizing Award on Kathleen Casey Ridihalgh, senior organizing manager for the Sierra Club. (Click here for information on Ridihalgh and the Doug Still Community Organizing Award.)

The event is a fundraiser to support the NW Energy Coalition’s work for clean and affordable energy solutions across the region. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers and drinks.

Click here to register.