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Federal Grant Awarded to City for Energy Efficiency

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department recently announced $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. The City of Seattle was one of six award recipients. The Department of Energy will provide $1.3 million […]


Seattle Joins Global Network of Cities Building Urban Resilience

Seattle’s was recently selected into a global network of cities building urban resilience as part of the 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). Through the partnership, Seattle will soon hire its first-ever Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), to lead the city’s efforts to build a citywide Resilience Strategy – with support from 100RC on its creation […]


Council Considers HALA’s Mandatory Housing Affordability Proposal

Last July we started a citywide conversation about housing affordability and livability in our city. There has already been much progress to advance the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). We’ve turned surplus property into more affordable housing, renewed and expanded the multifamily property tax exemption for affordable housing, and strengthened tenant relocation assistance. Seattle’s […]


Update on Seattle’s Building Tune-Ups Policy

In Seattle’s ongoing commitment to foster energy efficiency, the City passed a Building Tune-Ups ordinance earlier this year. The Building Tune-Ups ordinance phases in a periodic (every 5 years) tune-up requirement for commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger, beginning in 2018. Simple operational changes can yield big savings, and tune-ups are expected to generate 10-15% energy savings […]


Working to restore our urban forest

re-posted from the Parkways blog Awe-inspiring forests are part of the heritage and appeal of our city. They make our lives better by providing places to play, rest and contemplate. Half of Seattle’s city parkland is forested natural areas. Helping to care for Seattle’s urban forest is the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP). The GSP is […]


Green Infrastructure Can Help Save Our Salmon

  Salmon are a cornerstone of our cultural identity in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Salmon are vital to our economy, our environment and our sense of place. The health of our native salmon runs has been identified as an indicator of the overall health of Puget Sound and local streams. Scientists have been researching the […]


Seattle’s equity and environment agenda aims to flip the script for social justice

Reposted from Resource Media April 25, 2016 The Duwamish is Seattle’s only real river. It is also the city’s only Superfund site, and it’s a doozy, a complex mishmash of contaminated mud and sediment from years as Seattle’s main industrial artery. People live along the Duwamish, lots of people. 60 percent of these residents are […]


Online Resources, Photos and Talks from GSI Summit

This past February the City of Seattle was pleased to join Stewardship Partners, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Environmental Council, Washington State University, MIG-SvR Design, Boeing, Vulcan, and many other collaborators and sponsors to co-host the first Puget Sound Green Infrastructure Summit. Resources, photos and talks from this Summit are now available on-line at:


Getting More Healthy Food to Low-Income Residents

As farmers market season opens across the region, low-income residents of Seattle and King County are about to have many more places to access fresh, healthy food, thanks to OSE’s Fresh Bucks program. Fresh Bucks is OSE’s cornerstone food access program, which makes healthy food more affordable to low-income households. Fresh Bucks doubles the purchasing […]


Creating Opportunities for Youth in Local Green Pathways

Last year, Mayor Murray piloted the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative (MYEI) as a commitment to prepare Seattle Youth for meaningful and successful employment. Meaningful learning opportunities at the right time can be the key to a future of opportunity for many youth. The Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative provides needed income and first-time employment experiences for […]

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