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Green Building

Did You Know?

The Puyallup Tribal Housing Authority was the recipient of the 2012 LEED for Homes award for Innovative Project (Project of the Year) for the Puyallup Longhouse. The project, called The Place of Hidden Waters, is a new model in culturally and environmentally responsive housing for the Puyallup Tribe in the Pacific Northwest.


Explore the Green Buildings Around the City


Green Living Guide Map

Pacific Plaza - LEED Certitfied Platinum

Green Buildings

Green buildings exist throughout the City and include public, private, and non-profit facilities. The U.S. Green Building Council keeps a record of LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design) certified buildings.

As of March 2014, more than 30 buildings throughout the City had been recognized.
The City Council passed a Municipal Green Building Resolution 38249 in 2010 requiring all new or renovated City facilities to strive for LEED Gold.

LEED certified City facilities include:

  • Police Headquarters
  • Fleet Warehouse
  • Solid Waste Division Administration Building
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station
  • Center for Urban Waters
  • Pacific Plaza


The EnviroHouse is a model home for green building materials and design. It is open for walkthroughs and tours from Wednesday through Sunday and hosts free workshops. The outdoor kiosk is specifically devoted to examples of green building materials.


Green Building Resources

Visit King County'sGreen Tools website for more information about Green Building.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County developed the Built Green® program in 2003 with financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Ecology, City of Tacoma Solid Waste Management, Puget Sound Energy, and Fannie Mae Corporation, and with additional assistance from Tacoma Power. The mission of Tacoma-Pierce County Built Green is to create safer, healthier and more efficient homes while protecting the natural resources of our region.

The Cascadia Green Building Council is the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, with a mission is to lead a transformation towards a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Incorporated in Oregon in December 1999, the chapter covers Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.