Wherever you look in the Bellevue area, you will see a constant reminder of just how precious our Earth is. This is why it is so important to protect its many wonders. Come experience our towering evergreens to the majestic cascade mountains and several lakes, rivers, and the mighty Pacific Ocean. Welcome to Bellevue, come – visit, experience our natural bounty, and see why we consider every day Earth Day.
Bellevue is known by many locals as a "City in a Park," maintaining a strong Environmental Stewardship Initiative, to coordinate and manage a range of programs to help protect our environment. The aggressive plan outlines a suite of 77 actions for our city and the community, and we are proud to support the achievement of our Environmental Stewardship goals.
NATURE TO INSPIRE
Earth day is always free at all Washington State Parks and Bellevue is home to some incredible State Parks right in our neighborhoods for you to enjoy.
Lake Sammamish State Park
Boasting two lakefront beaches and trails through deciduous forest and wetlands, this park provides a family outdoor experience right in Eastern Bellevue.
Bridle Trails State Park
Located in North Bellevue featuring extensive horse trails and a horse-friendly culture, the park is also friendly to hikers, including those with leashed dogs.
Squak Mountain State Park
Miles of walking trails for all abilities including forests, bubbling creeks. Tag the summit of Squak Mountain at 2,024 feet and treat yourself to a peek-a-boo view of Bellevue.
Saint Edward State Park
A 360+ acre day-use evergreen forest park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington. Its history features the first successful Catholic seminary in the Pacific Northwest and the first accredited Catholic seminary university in the United States.
EARTH FRIENDLY EATS
The Lakehouse Bellevue
A Northwest farmhouse concept by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson. Inspired by Bellevue’s sense of place and evolution, the menu spotlights the produce sourced from their grower and farmer relationships. Expect the highest level of detail and imagination executed in simple, fresh, produce-driven craft cooking, accented with local seafood, meats, and handmade pasta.
Homegrown's motto of slow food, served fast features sandwiches, bowls, breakfast items, and soups made from its own certified organic farm and other local sustainable sources. They also partnered with 1% for the Planet and outfitted its stores with LED lighting, Forest Stewardship Council certified materials and 100% compostable and reusable materials.
Located 8-miles northeast of Bellevue Herbfarm is one of our most iconic dining experiences available. Each 9-course dinner, served with 5 or 6 matched wines, draws its inspiration from the rhythms of each season. For much of the year The Herbfarm kitchen gardens and farm supply the restaurant with an ever-changing harvest of common and unusual produce. Small growers and producers provide wild mushrooms, heritage fruits, and handmade cheeses. The 9-course menus change 26 times a year. See the website for the current theme from which the menu will be derived.
PCC Community Market
Their mission is to ensure that good food nourishes our community, while cultivating vibrant local, organic food systems they are dedicated to preserving local farmland and partnering with Northwest producers and ranchers. Featuring fresher-than-fresh local produce to the in-store kitchen where original recipes are made from scratch daily using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Bellevue is a shopper’s paradise and we wanted to highlight a few of our shops that are raising the bar on what it means to be sustainable and responsible.
Located in Bellevue Square - 129 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004
Icebreaker is a company born out of this passion and the philosophy Icebreaker was founded on, that “nature has all the solutions” and has made its way into every single aspect of how this company operates. As they say, “sustainability isn’t just a feature of our products, it’s in the values and design of our business,” and we could not think of anything that describes this incredible company more accurately. Icebreaker’s material of choice is merino wool and is sourced from growers with which this company has established deep and lasting relationships. What’s more is that these growers abide by an extremely strict animal warfare code, which even extends to the sheepdogs working at the stations.
410 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
The gear they design, develop, and merchandise represents the greatest impact on the planet and the greatest opportunity for advancing sustainable business practices. They work to minimize the impact of their products on the natural environment and objectively measure our products' footprint. REI Co-op products are an embodiment of the co-op's values.