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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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King Conservation Grant Workshops – March 23 & 24

The King Conservation District (KCD) is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission. They work to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship. All landowners within the District boundaries are entitled to free information and technical assistance for water quality protection, wildlife habitat […]

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Update Released on Seattle’s Climate Action Work

In 2013, the Seattle adopted the Seattle Climate Action Plan, with a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. City staff have been busy since them moving forward on many of the initiatives and programs called for in the Plan. OSE recently released the 2014 CAP Highlights Report which showcases some of the key programs and initiatives […]

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Digging into Seattle’s Carbon Footprint

The Office of Sustainability & Environment tracks and measures Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis. Called greenhouse gas inventories, these reports identify the source and amount of greenhouse gas production across the city of Seattle. These inventories are critical tools that inform our planning and monitor progress made toward our climate protection goals. […]

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Becoming a “Climate Ready” Community

The climate is changing. While Seattle is committed to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2050, we must prepare for a changing climate even while making strides in reducing our climate pollution. The most significant changes Seattleites will  see are increases in temperature, precipitation, and sea level but the extra twist is that climate change […]

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Open House Event for Environmentally Critical Areas

(re-posted from DPD’s blog) Seattle has five environmentally critical areas such as wetlands and wildlife habitat areas. How do we protect these environmentally critical areas (ECAs)? DPD is hosting an open house event for the update to our ECA regulations on Wednesday, February 25, 5:30-7:00pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall.   […]

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CLOSED – Graduate Internship Opportunity – Sustainable Building Program

Update 3/2/15: This position has closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is seeking a graduate intern beginning Spring quarter to conduct background investigations and assist with stakeholder engagement to support the development of building energy efficiency and GHG reduction policies. The work is part of OSE’s larger […]

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