What is REI doing in its Puget Sound operations to be Salmon-Safe and help protect local watersheds?

First certified in 2010 across key elements of its Puget Sound operations, REI remains a leading Salmon-Safe organization across the region with high profile current projects including its Seattle flagship store and new Bellevue headquarters campus.

REI Bellevue Campus

Now under development in Bellevue’s Spring District, REI’s new headquarters campus is designed to be Salmon-Safe from the ground up.

  • Most stormwater from the 36-acre site will be treated via bioretention planters, a vast improvement from the former industrial site that flowed untreated to Lake Bellevue.
  • The surrounding landscape will feature edible garden species and native vegetation
  • Conservation design will minimize irrigation water use campus-wide
  • Construction will be managed to meet Salmon-Safe’s zero sediment runoff standard
  • Longterm management of the campus will comply with Salmon-Safe low input and continuous improvement guidelines

REI Seattle Flagship Store

First Salmon-Safe certified in 2010, the REI Seattle Store helped pioneer many of the design elements that have been mainstreamed through the LEED Building Movement.

  • Native trees and shrubs dominate the landscaping and are complemented by a waterfall feature that uses stormwater from the roof, supplemented with city water
  • The site is managed as pesticide-free and with water conservation practices
  • Stormwater partially managed on site through landscaping and ponds with further improvements being made as part of REI’s Salmon-Safe commitment