Commitment to Sustainability
At all three locations—the Seattle Art Museum Downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park—SAM is committed to taking action to protect our environment and to finding creative ways to reduce our ecological footprint.
SAM video: The Olympic Sculpture Park gardener illustrates green gardening techniques used at the park.
To accomplish these goals, the Seattle Art Museum has:
- Formed the SAM Goes Green Team to address environmental sustainability in SAM's administrative and operational business practices.
- Joined the City of Seattle’s Seattle Climate Partnership and Seattle Climate Action Now. Through these partnerships, SAM is working to assess and lower our carbon footprint, and to provide information to SAM visitors to help them reduce their personal climate footprints.
- Endorsed the Cascade Agenda, a program of Cascade Land Conservancy.
- Joined King County Metro’s Partners in Transit program.
- Set and met environmental restoration goals for the design and operation of the Olympic Sculpture Park.
- Created menus of local and organic food at TASTE Restaurant and Cafés. Food scraps are composted by TASTE staff. Public composting is available at TASTE Restaurant at SAM Downtown and at the TASTE Café at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
- Hired an environmental steward to oversee the museum’s environmental initiatives.
Volunteer at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use alternative transportation when you visit all three SAM locations; bus information is available from King County Metro.
Enjoy local and organic produce when you dine at TASTE Restaurant or Cafés.
Ways you can get involved:
SAM is proud to recognize the following organizations as partners* in environmental sustainability and educational efforts:
Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines/MudUp
Belltown Community Council
Bridges to Understanding
Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Land Conservancy
Cedar Grove Composting
City of Seattle:
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Great Places Forum
Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Salmon Habitat Recovery (WRIA 9)
International Sustainability Institute
King Conservation District
King County Metro/Partners in Transit
King County Noxious Weed Board
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS)
Pacific Science Center
People for Puget Sound
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Puget Sound Mycological Society
Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership and the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program
Seattle Garden Club
Seattle Green Schools
Seattle Urban Nature
Sustainable Style Foundation
Trust for Public Land
University of Washington:
Urban Wilderness Project
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington Native Plant Society
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 9
Wild Fish Conservancy
Woodland Park Zoo
* Environmental partners are part of the SAM Partners program.
Questions about the environmental initiatives at SAM? Send an email to email@example.com.