The Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County is a non-profit corporation comprised of volunteers of professionals who provide the following services:
Education & Public Outreach - We educate builders, local government and the public through events and educational resources including quarterly newsletters and brown bag events, educational case studies and fact sheets, workshops, conferences speaking engagements, and through our traveling kiosk.
Project Advocacy - Our members meet with builders, developers and home owners who need assistance with their sustainable projects from consultation in the pre-design phase, to reviewing plans, walking the site and discussing potential sustainable techniques, to helping with permitting process.
Policy - We work with local jurisdictions to update their policies and codes to encourage the use of sustainable building practices.
SDTF focuses on five elements of sustainable building:
starts with the site. Through thoughtful design, the environment can
add value to buildings. Building sites can enhance and protect natural
consume 40% of the world's resources. Sustainable materials are less
toxic, renewable or sustainably grown, salvaged, or locally produced to
help preserve our resources and the environment.
Sustainable buildings and sites conserve water and manage and return water back to the environment in a natural way.
Buildings use 60% of the energy in the U.S. Designing for energy efficiency saves resources and money while increasing the comfort and quality of the indoor environment.
Indoor air quality is a health concern for all of us. Sustainably built homes use low or no-toxic materials, provide good ventilation, and reduce the potential for mold and mildew growth.