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Seattle Apartment Buildings First to Earn New ENERGY STAR Certification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that three Seattle apartment buildings are among the first 17 existing multifamily housing properties to earn ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. The recognition signifies that these pioneering properties are more energy efficient than 75 percent of similar properties nationwide, and that they are among the […]

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Opportunity to Participate in Community Solar Project on Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light just announced its latest community solar project — a 26 kilowatt system on the roof of the Holiday Apartments, an affordable housing building owned by Capitol Hill Housing (CHH).  CHH provides low-income housing to over 1700 Seattle residents and actively works to create equitable and sustainable communities in central Seattle. CHH also […]

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Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission Position Opening

The City of Seattle is looking for a new Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) member to fill Position #4. This position is for a hydrologist or similar professional, preferably with expertise in the study of natural drainage, climate or air quality, or a combination. This position is appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council, for […]

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Making Progress in Food Policy

Obesity, hunger, and food insecurity all affect Seattle residents. How we grow food has an impact on the environment, and food-related businesses are a key sector of our economy. Given the many benefits of creating a healthy food system, Seattle adopted a Food Action Plan in 2012. Last week, the Office of Sustainability & Environment’s […]

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Lower Your Carbon “Foodprint”

By now, you’ve probably heard of a carbon footprint, where you measure the carbon associated with your daily activities, like commuting, heating/cooling your home and taking trips. But one of the biggest choices you make to impact the climate may be related to food, or your carbon “foodprint.” Food production is very energy intensive, as […]

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Food Gardens in the Fall

Just like that, it’s fall! What a fantastic summer we had, ideal for growing tomatoes and other heat-loving crops. But now that it’s getting cooler, the time is right to switch to winter crops or get your garden tucked in for the winter so it’s ready to grow again next spring. Harvest Time to bring […]

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Celebrate Visit a Park Day, Oct.3!

(re-posted from Seattle Parks & Recreation blog) How many times have you said to yourself: “I should visit more parks”? Well, your day has come, my friend. Friday, Oct. 3, is National Visit a Park Day. Here in Seattle we’re modifying that to Visit a Park Venue Day because we’re lucky enough to have so […]

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Request for Proposals – Energy Benchmarking Data Analysis

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct analysis on building energy performance data as collected per the energy benchmarking and reporting requirement for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet and greater. The cost for consulting services is estimated to be up to $70,000, […]

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How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

How energy efficient is your home? Find out with an energy assessment, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself – or both! Understanding your home’s energy use is the first step to improving its efficiency and saving you money on utility bills. (Most info below from City Light’s energy conservation page.) Get a […]

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Seattle Recognized as the Nation’s Most Sustainable City

STAR Communities announced today that Seattle has been awarded a 5-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The City achieved the highest score to date, and is only the second in the nation to achieve the 5-STAR rating for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and sustainability […]

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