Sustainability is Embedded in our DNA
HopeWorks embeds sustainability in our work and where we work at HopeWorks Station. The two buildings that create our campus both have features that help reduce our impact on the environment. In our work, we train our staff, trainees, and residents of Housing Hope's Station Place in sustainability practices. Station Place is part of our new north building which includes 65 units of affordable housing.
Our new building, HopeWorks Station North is ultra-green. It is a demonstration project where affordable housing, workforce development and job training, combine with sustainability elements that help people, planet, and prosperity.
Watch our virtual tour below to learn more about this innovative building. There is also more information about the many aspects that make this building amazing.
International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge
HopeWorks Station is participating in the Living Building Challenge, it is a rigorous building standard designed to create spaces that give more than they take. Using the metaphor of a flower, the Living Building Challenge is organized into seven performance areas. Beauty, Energy, Equity, Health & Happiness, Materials, Place, and Water. HopeWorks Station is focused on three: Beauty, Energy, and Place.
Beauty is about elevating the human spirit by integrating public art and inspirational spaces.
Energy is about moving from polluting energy to renewable sources such as solar.
Place is about connection to a healthy natural environment, human powered mobility, food sources, and transit.
HOPEWORKS STATION GOES GREEN AND PLATINUM
In June of 2020 HopeWorks Sation North achieved the highest green building certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum.
Station North is the first building in Everett to reach this standard.
LEED provides a framework to promote energy and water conservation, indoor environmental quality, waste reduction, and strategies to reduce carbon footprint through focusing development in denser, more walk-able settings.
Benefits of LEED certification include reduced environmental impact, healthier and more productive places, financial benefits including decreased utility costs.
When the sun shines onto a solar panel, energy from the sunlight is absorbed by the PV cells in the panel. This energy creates electrical charges that move in response to an internal electrical field in the cell, causing electricity to flow. Harvesting energy in this way reduces our carbon footprint.
The Hopeworks solar panels are designed to produce 105% of the buildings residential energy needs.
HopeWorks station is equipped with systems, education, and opportunities to create a culture that respects resources and disposes of them properly.
Our country threw away 292.4 million tons of waste in 2018. This waste is sent to landfills that use up land and don't allow waste to decompose. Reducing our waste not only keeps these landfills from filling up, but reduces the use of energy and resources that went into producing those items.
Educate formerly homeless and affordable housing residents, low income individuals, and trainees of HopeWorks Station Place, on methods towards reducing contaminants in recycling/compost and prevent waste in food and items.
Spread awareness in Snohomish County about waste reduction; particularly food waste and preventing contaminants in recycling and composting
Reduce the percent of contaminants in recycling and composting at HopeWorks Station Place to below 10%.
At HopeWorks Station we produce energy onsite and work to reduce our energy consumption through education, incentives, and energy tracking. We generate energy through clean renewable solar power. Energy consumption is monitored by eGauge sensors throughout the building.
Ultra-high energy efficiency (UHEE) design reduces the energy needs of a building. HopeWorks Station features the following design elements:
Solar array producing 105% of residential energy
Energy efficient heating and ventilation
LED light fixtures
Triple pane windows
Energy star rated appliances
Energy efficient water systems
Extra wall insulation
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS AND INVESTMENTS
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
HopeWorks Station is designed to encourage eco-friendly forms of transportation. We are equipped with onsite electric vehicle charging stalls located in our solar canopy parking area. EVs bring economic benefits to the community by lowering fuel costs and shifting consumption away from imported oil to more locally produced electricity sources.
Located three blocks from Everett Station, HopeWorks Station was designed to provide access to affordable public transportation. This has the added benefit of promoting alternatives to car use and reducing environmental impact
HUMAN POWERED MOBILITY
HopeWorks is working with Everett Station District Alliance (ESDA) to make the Everett Station neighborhood more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists. Our campus is equipped with 89 bicycle parking spots and 2 bicycle repair stations. Residents of HopeWorks Station North have the opportunity to complete an Earn-A-Bike educational program with Sharing Wheels. Residents choose and repair their own bike while learning about bicycle basics.