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Building Green Cities

Building Green Cities


Project Description

Washington State Department of Commerce is using a social marketing/economic behaviors approach to research and identify incentives for developers to go beyond municipal stormwater permit requirements in urban centers. Incentives could be from state and local governments.

We have convened an advisory committee representing cities, counties, local developers, the environmental community, and state and federal agencies. With assistance from the advisory committee, Commerce will:

  1. Conduct and produce literature search on the effectiveness of, and barriers to, low impact development (LID) in urban centers.
  2. Identify best practices to promote LID to developers and others involved in the development process.
  3. Conduct social marketing research with identified developers and others regarding barriers, motivations/benefits to incorporating LID techniques in urban centers; and 
  4. Publish a social marketing report highlighting the results of the research. 
  5. Issue guidance for local governments wishing to provide incentives for developers and others to encourage incorporating LID into projects in urban centers.

Commerce held a kickoff meeting on October 24, 2017; will conduct marketing research through spring 2018; and produce results, guidance, and recommendations  summer 2018 through early winter 2019.


For further information, please contact Linda Bentley, linda.bentley@commerce.wa.gov, 360.725.3052, cell 360.522.2250 or Charlene Andrade, charlene.andrade@commerce.wa.gov, 360.725.3063, cell 360.522.2249.



“This project is funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement number WQNEP-2016-WaStDC-00014 to the Washington State Department of Commerce through the Department of Ecology. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.”


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