Olympia is serious about sustainability. As the first city in the United states to become a member of the PLUS Network (a peer learning network of more than 30 cities that share their experiences, expertise, and tools in order to undertake a long-term sustainability plan), they have high expectations, and are definitely fulfilling them.
One of the city's more remarkable projects is its efforts to use reclaimed, or recycled, water. The reclaimed water is being used to irrigate parks around Olympia, and as availability of this new resource increases, more businesses and agencies are choosing to use it. Businesses that use reclaimed water have posted signs to let citizens know they are making wise water choices. Every gallon of reclaimed water that is used for outdoor watering represents a gallon of potable water saved for drinking.
With the goal of becoming the greenest capitol city on the planet, city officials began carrying out projects, including everything from porous pavement, green power, and creating a walkable community to encouraging citizens to get involved with tree planting, water saving kits, rain-barrel rebates and more.
The city's website is filled with information about how Olympia is continually working toward its greener city goals, including details about services offered to reduce waste during special events and their plans to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for their city.