Sustainable Eastlake

How sustainable is our Eastlake neighborhood and how can it be moreso? The Eastlake Community Council invites your suggestions and involvement. Since its founding in 1971, ECC has pursued official purposes to enhance the neighborhood’s welfare and environment and to build community among those who live or work here. Below are an overview and some resources; comments and suggestions are welcome and needed, as is your volunteer help.

What makes Eastlake sustainable? Eastlake is a community of about 5000 residents and 5000 workers in the heart of Seattle, Washington. It is one of the very few neighborhoods with a jobs-housing balance, including many residents who work in the neighborhood. A large number of Eastlake residents and workers travel by bus, bicycle, or on foot. Eastlake has many parks, including more shoreline parks than any other neighborhood–almost all of which were built by volunteers.

The Eastlake Community Council is one of Seattle’s most active neighborhood organizations, and it depends upon the efforts of volunteers. Our frequent public meetings and other events are open to your involvement, as are ongoing projects that can always use your assistance or leadership. For more informaton about Eastlake and the Eastlake Community Council, see other pages on this web site.

A coordinated vision for a sustainable Eastlake emerged in the 1998 Eastlake Neighborhood Plan (done under contract with the City government, and available elsewhere on this web site). The plan has occasioned countless neighborhood-enhancing improvements, among them safer street crossings, new and renovated parks and pathways, and freeway noise walls.

In recent years, ECC has added opportunities for community such as frequent public meetings; promoting mutual assistance for public safety and emergency preparedness; and organizing fun activities such as fairs, celebrations, cruises, an egg hunt, and an annual outdoor movie.

How can we do better? We can always do better. What more can we do to reach out to involve and help our neighbors? What more can our neighborhood do to have a net positive impact on the world environment? Please write to us with your suggestions. Better yet, help us make each of your suggestions a reality.

Please review the many parts of this web site that tell of our neighborhood’s efforts to build community, accommodate growth, and protect the environment. And please help us evaluate how we are doing. Toward sustaining Eastlake as a place worth calling home, please send your ideas and/or offer of volunteer assistance. Contact us at or c/o ECC, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle 98102-3278.

You can join, donate, or volunteer at those addresses, and also on-line here on the ECC web site. Dues and donations help support our efforts in the public interest. But you do not need to be a paid member to volunteer, participate, or be heard. Please join our efforts to ensure a Sustainable Eastlake!


Bus service Eastlake residents and workers have among the City’s highest rates of transit use. For information about Metro bus service, see Bus riders are organized citywide in the Seattle Transit Riders Union at Elsewhere on this web ssite you will find information about ECC’s efforts to defend and improve Eastlake’s bus service.

Car ownership and its alternatives Among the greatest pollution and energy impacts we have is in driving. Can car use be reduced by combining trips or by sharing with a friend or neighbor? What are the full costs of car ownership (including maintenance, fuel and insurance)? Could one avoid car ownership by renting or sharing a car when needed? What are the relative merits of human-powered bicycles, electric bicycles, electric scooters, and so on?

Shorelines ECC welcomes volunteers to help with its shoreline restoration efforts, and to suggest new ones. For more about best practices for green shorelines, see, a web site of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division.

Spills To report chemical or fuel spills, noise, and other environmental problems, see the page of this web site which has hot line phone numbers and on-line links to report spills, pollution, and other environmental problems.