Seattle is called the Emerald City for a reason.

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Seattle is called the Emerald City for a reason.  Whether it’s our infamous green landscape or environmentally conscious mindset, the nickname is well-deserved. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are seven of my favorite green things in Seattle:

1. Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders: Everyone loves “Blue Friday,” but it’s the shades of green that really makes these teams’ jerseys stand out, especially the Seahawks’ neon “color rush” uniforms.

2. Hiking trails galore: It’s hard to pick. The Seattle area has no shortage of forested areas with winding trails canopied by luscious green shrubbery and trees, and there are hikes to fit any mood: rainy-day hikes,  family-friendly trails, short hikes. It’s not called the Evergreen State for nothing.

3. Starbucks’ logo: Nothing says coffee like the iconic green siren and green storefronts on what seems like every corner in Seattle.

4. Green Lake Park: Green Lake is a fitting name because of the reflection from the surrounding trees and the seasonal algae blooms that give the illusion the lake is green in color. It’s a favorite spot for running and other outdoor activities.

5. Farmers markets: It’s trendy to be healthy, and Seattle is ahead of the curve with tons of cafes (green smoothies and juices!), restaurants, farmers markets and grocery stores offering an abundance of green super foods including kale, spinach and broccoli.

6. Green safety vests: Seattle is expanding rapidly, meaning workers in green safety vests are ubiquitous around the sites of new buildings, roads and infrastructure being built year round.

7. Compost bins: Seattle is saving the Earth one compost bin at a time. Our city has become as serious about composting as it is about its coffee (which is compostable), and Mother Earth is thankful.

What are your favorite green things in the Seattle area?