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Smart Growth + Housing Affordability = Climate Action

The choices Seattle makes today about how to grow and operate will deeply affect the health of our communities and the sustainability of our natural environment for decades to come. As a city of outstanding creativity, commitment to our neighborhoods, and appreciation of the natural environment, Seattle can set an example that can inspire others by […]


Two Projects Announced to Help “Green” Georgetown

At Seattle’s Arbor Day celebration a few weeks ago, the City celebrated the 30th anniversary of being a Tree City USA. Cities receive a Tree City USA designation for meeting high standards on tree care. Mayor Murray was on hand to reaffirm that Seattle is committed to maintaining and growing our urban forest and ensuring […]


City Designing Support for Extreme Heat Events

Climate change is increasing the frequency and duration of extreme heat events in the Pacific Northwest. This will affect the health of many of our residents including the elderly, the very young, and people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Living in areas where the air quality is poor will exacerbate this risk. The […]


Recruiting New Members for the Urban Forestry Commission

The City of Seattle is looking for two new members to serve on the Urban Forestry Commission. The positions available are: Position #3 – Natural resource agency or university representative Position #8 – Development community or Non-City Utility Representative The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) advises the Mayor and City Council on policies and regulations governing […]


Seattle Participates in First Ever U.S. – China Climate Summit

Mayor Murray was among a dozen U.S. mayors and governors who joined a delegation of Chinese subnational leaders making climate commitments and agreements at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Summit is the first official gathering of U.S. and Chinese leaders under the Climate Change Working Group and represents a […]


A Conversation on Seattle’s Energy Future

Building Energy Efficiency in Seattle: Next Steps Building owners and managers are invited to share their thoughts on proposed next generation building energy policies for commercial and multifamily properties (20,000+ SF). Learn how building efficiency will help us meet our climate goal to be carbon-neutral by 2050 and what resources are available for improving your own building’s energy performance. Light refreshments will […]


Reducing water pollution with green approaches

Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading water quality threat to Puget Sound, the City has released a draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, outlining plans to accelerate green approaches for preventing this type of water pollution. Rainfall rushing off hard surfaces like roads and parking lots can overwhelm our piped drainage system and cause back-ups and […]


Seattle’s Building Energy Policies: Next Steps

In 2013, the City of Seattle adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that put the City’s on a path to become a carbon-neutral community by 2050. The CAP includes ambitious targets for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and outlines a range of near-term (by 2015) and long-term (by 2030) actions to put Seattle on […]


Your Seattle Parks Spring Bucket List

re-posted from Parkways, (Seattle Parks & Recreation blog) Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” In our fair city, spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Come out of hibernation, Seattleites.’” It’s getting lighter in the mornings! The sun doesn’t set at 4:30 p.m. anymore! There are leaves and FLOWERS on […]


Have an Idea for Earth Day??

Interested in putting together a community event for Earth Day but just need a little boost to make it happen?  We want to help! The Office of Sustainability & Environment has small climate grants (up to $500) available for groups or individuals who want create opportunities for their community to get involved in climate or broad […]