Best of 2008: Green

This year, Seattle gave us plenty to love. From museums (three cheers for the new Wing Luke Asian an
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Category: Green Living


Best Green Space by a Condo Developer
Green Plaza at Fifth and Madison
(Downtown, 909 Fifth Ave.)
This public spot near the Central Library on Fifth Avenue and Madison Street is courtesy of major condo developer Kennedy Wilson, owners of the 5th and Madison Condos and RREEF Real Estate. The sustainably designed space lies between two “green” buildings (the new 5th and Madison condo development and the 901 5th Ave office towers) and is a relaxing haven in the midst of downtown’s madness. The half-acre green space features a waterfall (the rain water is from eco-friendly cisterns under the parking garage), a grassy lawn space, native plants, benches and walking trails.

Best Place to Buy an Indoor Composter
(Greenwood, 14300 Greenwood Ave. N, Suite A; 206.418.8120)
If you think you can’t compost just because you live in a condo, stop into One Earth One Design for the new automatic indoor composter from San Francisco–based NatureMill ($299–$399). Throw your food scraps into the compact unit (the cultures in the composter keep it odorless), and every two weeks you have fresh compost.       
Best Use of Glass Leftovers
(Columbia City, 4863 Rainier Ave. S; 206.760.0674)
If someone gives you a frigger, be flattered. Friggers are spontaneous sculptures created with end pieces of glass, made by artists specifically for recycling affection among friends. Available as part of a special-occasion collection, these gifts exemplify the concept of Gather, Columbia City’s new non-traditional gallery supporting artists in the pursuit of uninhibited whimsy. Sign up to join the “frigger of the month” club.