The Green Line

This pollinator conservation and community stewardship project along the Creston-Duwamish transmission corridor of Seattle City Light is developing in partnership with: Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Unkitawa, Duwamish Alive Coalition, and EarthCorps. We are creating a demonstration site modeling several restoration techniques and educational opportunities to be replicated along the full 64 acres of transmission lines, and beyond.

This is the space under high-voltage power lines the city uses to get power from its source into your outlet. Previously, it was primarily inhabited by invasive weeds.

With two acres planted, and 3 years of pollinator population data collected, The Green Line publicly launched in fall 2018 with Cross Pollinations: a full day event featuring Coast Salish storytelling and educational activities guided by our commitment to hold space for stories about the native plants and wild pollinators of these lands. This was the first event in a two year series as part of a comprehensive case-study to collect community directed approaches for public space activation.

Restoring native plants and pollinators to unused land, we’re creating a sustainable habitat that can model how communities may repurpose inactive public space. It’s part of a strategy to create “hubs and spokes” of re-purposed public land that can become a “grid” with civic utility and ecological and cultural promise.

The Common Acre surveyed the Creston-Duwamish transmission lines for pollinator activity between July and September 2014, for City Light’s Environmental Leadership Initiative. Based on our findings as well as stakeholder committee feedback , City Light invited us and our partners to restore pollinator habitat along this corridor, under the transmission lines.

While we work towards expansion through robust community stewardship, we seek to center indigenous and POC decision-making in our organizing, and to uphold indigenous ways of knowing in our educating through nuanced partnerships and continued relationship building.

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