Half of Seattle’s household greenhouse gas emissions are created in the areas of energy, transportation, diet choices and consumption habits. We know you’re all doing great work as individuals to reduce your footprint, but we are also fortunate to have so many community organizations out there promoting actions that address climate change. The City of Seattle […]
Posted: April 16th, 2014 under Climate change, Community Connection, Greenspace.
Tags: climate action, community, community climate projects, funding
For Earth Day this year, the City of Seattle and our partners invite you to participate in The Big Thing, an easy and fun way to show your commitment to our planet and our region’s health on Earth Day. Each of us has our own love and connection to Puget Sound – whether it be […]
Posted: April 14th, 2014 under Greenspace, Water, water quality.
Tags: earth day, puget sound, puget sound partnership, water quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2014 rankings today for the top cities with ENERGY STAR-rated buildings. Seattle moved up the list from #17 in 2013 to #14 with a total of 127 buildings saving an estimated $23.6 million in energy costs (check out the map of the buildings with ENERGY STAR Rating in (and around) […]
Posted: April 10th, 2014 under Energy Conservation, Greenspace.
Tags: energy benchmarking, energy efficiency, energy star, EPA, rankings
Horizon House retirement community has made great strides in its efforts to lower its impact on the environment. The Conservation Committee works to find ways to save energy and other resources. Several years ago, one of the residents active on the committee asked her grandson Corey Weathers, a Principal at Catalyst 2030, to help them find the best […]
Posted: April 8th, 2014 under Energy Conservation, Greenspace.
Tags: case study, energy benchmarking, energy conservation, green facility
[Reposted from the Department of Planning and Development's (DPD) Building Connections blog.] DPD has implemented new requirements for Priority Green Expedited, a green building permitting incentive. In December 2013, DPD published the proposed changes and held an open house on the proposed changes on January 23, 2014. DPD received many comments at the open house, and […]
Posted: April 7th, 2014 under Greenbuilding, Greenspace.
Tags: green building, incentive, permitting
Seattle’s neighborhoods continue to come up with great ideas for projects that benefit the community and our environment. The latest Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple project awards were announced a week ago providing $346,000 to community recipients dedicated to improving life in Seattle. Here are a few examples of how the latest awards benefit […]
Posted: April 3rd, 2014 under Climate change, Community Connection, Greenspace.
Tags: community climate projects, funding, grants
The Office of Sustainability & Environment will be on hand at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit this Saturday to talk about your environmental questions. Get all the latest info on how we’re working to make Seattle a sustainable, vibrant community while building shared prosperity. Find the full event agenda here. Time & location details: Saturday, April 5 9am to 1pm […]
Posted: April 2nd, 2014 under Community Connection, Greenspace.
Starting in April and continuing into May the Seattle Public Library will be holding a series of classes on urban gardening, composting and beekeeping. Kickoff is April 5. The library is partnering with a host of community organizations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to hold the series, which includes events and presentations suitable […]
Posted: March 28th, 2014 under Community Connection, food & urban ag, Greenspace.
Tags: food, gardening, urban agriculture
Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calm residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. Neighborhood greenways do not add bike lanes, and there are minimal, if any, on-street parking impacts. They are mostly funded through the nine-year voter approved Bridging the Gap Levy. Existing greenways include: 39th Avenue NE, […]
Posted: March 10th, 2014 under Greenspace.
DPD would like your input on the Pedestrian Retail Areas Mapping Project, a study to promote more walkable neighborhood business districts in several areas of the city. This project, conducted at the City Council’s request, would involve adding a pedestrian zone designation to existing Neighborhood Commercial Zones. We are also considering adding new rules in […]
Posted: February 18th, 2014 under Community Connection, Greenspace.