Seattle City Council Town Hall on Climate Action
Tuesday, May 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
University Heights Center,
5031 University Way NE, 2nd Floor
From Power Lines, Seattle City Light’s blog…
For the second consecutive year, Seattle City Light achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring its carbon footprint, according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program. The utility then has a third party verify and report the data on The Registry’s website.
Measuring its carbon footprint with The Registry allows City Light to prepare for future regulation, identify inefficiencies and the potential for cost savings, and provide real and meaningful data to their customers and/or shareholders about their environmental performance.
“As a hydroelectric-based utility, we are well aware of the potential impacts of climate change, and the potential for reducing the snowpack we count on to supply water for our dams in the summer,” Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “That’s why we are committed to doing what we can to limit our impact on the environment and help our customers to do the same.”
“Having a third-party organization like The Climate Registry verify our carbon emissions shows customers they can have confidence in City Light’s environmental stewardship efforts,” Carrasco said.
City Light has offset all its carbon emissions since 2005, the first utility in the nation to achieve carbon neutral status.
“Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint,” said David Rosenheim, executive director of The Climate Registry. “Seattle City Light has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities.”
About The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes. The Climate Registry helps hundreds of public and private organizations measure, report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with integrity.
from At Your Service, SPU’s blog…
April Is Almost Over. Get that Leaky Car Fixed and Protect Puget Sound.
Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment, but a new program called Don’t Drip & Drive puts Western Washington residents in the driver’s seat for finding an affordable fix.
This April, drivers can take their vehicle to a participating repair shop, located all around the region, for a free and easy visual inspection (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80). If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10 percent off service (up to $50) to fix the problem. All participating technicians are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
A leaky car isn’t a reliable car. Avoid the headache – and expense – of calling a tow truck and a taxi during a family road trip or daily commute to work. Fixing that leak also extends car life, a significant boost for the family budget.
Protecting Puget Sound is also critical. Here in Washington State, our vehicles release 7 million quarts of motor oil from drips and leaks into the Puget Sound basin, every year.
Find a participating mechanic at www.fixcarleaks.org and fix that leak!
from On the Move, SDOT’s blog
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.
According to Allegra Calder, current chair of the Bicycle Advisory Board, “Serving on the board is an opportunity to work closely with SDOT staff and bicyclists from across the city to review and weigh in on planned projects in an effort to make Seattle a great and safe place to bike.”
Mayor McGinn and City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by May 31st, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206 684-7583.
To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/default.htm.
Contact: Richard Sheridan, 206.684.8114
City Council Introduces Climate Action Plan on Earth Day
Plan provides pathway to carbon neutrality by 2050
Seattle – Seattle City Council introduced Seattle’s Climate Action Plan today, outlining the City’s path to meeting its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The Plan focuses on three sectors where the City of Seattle can have the greatest influence in reducing carbon emissions: transportation and land use, building energy and solid waste. The Plan also includes a section on how the City should prepare for the impacts of climate disruption we currently experience, as well a section on actions individuals can take to reduce emissions through purchasing decisions.
“Taking climate action is not about austerity. It is about creating great places to live, work and play today and for future generations,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee. “This Climate Action Plan provides a vision for a city that is vibrant, economically prosperous and socially just.”
“The strong actions in this plan are evidence of the high value that the Seattle community places on sustainability,” said Jill Simmons, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment. “Throughout the planning process, we heard from individuals and organizations who encouraged us to be bold and think long-term.”
Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment has been developing the Climate Action Plan since 2011, engaging grassroots sustainability groups, environmental leaders and business and community members from across the city. The City also formed Technical Advisory Groups in each sector addressed in the Plan and convened a Green Ribbon Commission to recommend specific climate actions.
“With its natural beauty, strong economy and commitment to equity, Seattle is an amazing place to live. The Climate Action Plan lays out clear path to ensuring Seattle remains a great place to live and raise a family, while also doing its part to combat climate change,” said Doris Koo, Co-Chair of the Seattle Green Ribbon Commission.
“Even before the first Earth Day in 1970, Seattleites have taken pride in our city’s commitment to protecting the environment through innovative thinking, hard work and zeal,” said Seattle City Council President Sally J. Clark. “I’m proud we can introduce our Climate Action Plan on Earth Day, 2013, as yet another milestone in our city’s dedication to making a difference for the planet.”
The Climate Action Plan includes specific short- and long-term actions the City needs to meet its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. For example, the transportation sector accounts for 40% of Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions, but the biggest challenge Seattle faces to reducing emissions in this sector is funding. The plan calls for new funding sources like extending the Bridging the Gap levy and securing local authority for a motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) to help improve bus service and reliability, invest in improvements that make it easier and safer to walk or bike and take steps to build out the region’s light rail system. The plan also calls for supporting the adoption of low carbon vehicles and fuels.
In the building energy section, the Plan calls for accelerating Seattle’s work to make energy use more visible to consumers by switching to smart meters, providing better energy performance information to building owners and users and generally helping people better understand and manage their energy consumption. Additionally, the Plan calls for getting the right mix of policies and incentives to spur retrofitting in Seattle’s housing stock and commercial buildings.
“We have already seen the impact of a changing climate. We must act now to slow down the rate of climate change, and to respond to the issues as our climate is affected,” said Councilmember Richard Conlin. “Together we can rise to this great moral challenge, take practical steps in the right direction, inspire others to emulate our example and build a positive future for Seattle.”
“Seattle residents and businesses are leaders in the fight against climate change,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I appreciate the hard work done by our citizen committee to craft recommendations for our updated plan and look forward to the Council’s process for adopting the strongest possible Climate Action Plan. I thank Councilmembers O’Brien and Conlin for their leadership in this effort.”
The Climate Action Plan will be discussed in two Energy and Environment Committee meetings—Tuesday, April 23 and Tuesday, May 14—and will also be the topic of a public town hall on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at University Heights Center.
Council briefing on the Seattle Climate Action Plan (starts at the 43:00 minute mark)
Maybe you’ve thought to yourself as you tossed an empty cup or bag of peanut shells into the garbage at a sporting event, Wow, if all the people here could put this in a food waste bin instead, that’d mean a lot less garbage in the landfill. Much of it could be turned into something more useful, like compost.
Good news! Many of our region’s sports organizations, including the Seattle Sounders, Seahawks, Mariners, Storm, Vancouver Canucks, and Portland Trail Blazers, are founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, with 160 teams and venues working to create less waste at sporting events. In addition to the teams, many of our sports facilities also helped found the Alliance, including Century Link Field, Safeco Field and the Key Arena. Together, they and other teams and venues across the nation are finding ways to have less of an impact on the environment.
The Seattle Channel did a Daily Short video on the Northwest’s participation in the Green Sports Alliance. You can learn more about changes our teams are making to be more sustainable, such as compostable beverage cups, food waste collection and energy efficiency measures. So next time you’re enjoying your favorite sporting event, think about how you can take actions to contribute to these efforts, too!
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to help plan Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future. Together, we are starting an important public conversation to ensure we have a great park system for generations to come.
More information – including all the meeting dates – can be found here.
The GoGreen Conference is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions.
If you’ve been keeping a bunch of used batteries around the house because you didn’t want to throw them in the trash, now’s your chance to safely recycle them for free!
These types of batteries will NOT be accepted:
Now’s your chance to provide feedback to Metro on bus service, whether you’re a daily rider or just use buses occasionally.
They want to know what you think of the schedules and reliability, bus cleanliness and safety, accessibility, and how much you think buses are helping our environment.