A new proposal extends the reporting deadline for non-residential & multifamily buildings 20,000 to 49,999 SF to April 1, 2013 and makes reporting voluntary for buildings less than 20,000 SF. Multifamily buildings 50,000 SF or greater are still due on October 1, 2012. Learn more on our website.
The Office of Sustainability & Environment is in the process of updating Seattle’s community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP). The goal of the plan is ambitious: to be carbon neutral (defined as zero net emissions) by 2050. The CAP will lay out a suite of integrated strategies in the building energy, transportation, land use and waste sectors, which will not only achieve Seattle’s climate protection goals, but also address community goals of shared prosperity and social equity.
In addition to ongoing work with a wide variety of community and business stakeholders to develop the CAP, the Office of Sustainability & Environment has worked internally with other City departments to develop the Municipal Operations Climate Action Workplan. This work plan focuses on lowering the climate impact of City operations and provides an avenue for staff and the public to track our progress in helping achieve community-wide climate protection goals.
While this version covers 2011 actions in progress and 2012 actions to be completed, this work plan is meant to be dynamic to accommodate new policies or technologies as they emerge and will be updated with new accomplishments and actions annually.
WHAT WE ARE SEEKING
Seattle residents are passionate, committed and creative when to comes to making Seattle—and the world—better places. As individuals and as a community, Seattleites have helped our community become a national and international leader in sustainability. And, we know the community has more great ideas about how we can continue to be leaders by taking action at the neighborhood level to address climate change.
The City of Seattle is seeking community partners to help residents and businesses take action for the climate. We will be awarding contracts up to $7,000 for the projects, and will be providing on-going project design support.
If you have an idea about how to inspire your community to make positive choices that support the environment, we want to work with you to make it happen! We are accepting applications for projects in the following categories:
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Organizations or individuals with a good idea who want to partner with the City to help their community take climate action. No idea is too big or too small! More information at www.seattlecan.org
HOW TO APPLY
Download a proposal form and submit it by 4:00 pm on April 27, 2012
Mail: PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729
Email Sara Wysocki or call 206.233.7014
Futurewise is partnering with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien to host four brownbag discussions to explore the possibilities of a low-carbon future in Seattle.
The first discussion, Building a Strong, Healthy Economy for Real Results, is Wednesday, December, 14, from noon to 1:30 in the Boards & Commissions Room in Seattle City Hall. The discussion will be moderated by Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Sally Clark and feature panelists with knowledge and expertise in what it takes to create a thriving green economy.
Staff from the Office of Sustainability & Environment will lead a discussion on the Seattle Climate Action Plan at the next Great City brownbag this Thursday, November 10 at noon.
The Seattle Climate Action Plan will lay out a roadmap for how Seattle can become a carbon neutral city by 2050. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are already meeting and working on identifying strategies for how we can reduce our greenhouse gases in the transportation, building energy and waste sectors. Please join us to learn more about the Climate Action Plan update and to share your ideas for making Seattle a climate-friendly community.
What: Great City Brownbag – Seattle Climate Action Plan
When: Thursday, November 10, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: GGLO’s Space on the Steps 1301 1st Avenue, in Downtown Seattle (About 1/4th of the way down the Harbor Steps).
On October 3, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution that put Seattle on a path toward reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050. Seattle is one of a handful of cities in the world to formally adopt carbon neutrality as a goal. The Office of Sustainability & Environment is responsible for updating the Seattle Climate Action Plan in the coming year and the plan will include strategies for reducing greenhouse gas reductions in the transportation, building energy and waste sectors.
As we start this work however, we need to hear from you. What are your ideas for how we can get to carbon neutral in the future? What strategies would you support?
Please take the Climate Action Plan survey now. It only takes 10 minutes and it’s important for us to hear from as many people as possible!
On Monday, October 3, the City Council adopted Resolution 31312, putting the City on a path toward reducing Seattle’s net green house gas emissions level to zero by 2050.
The resolution also serves to launch the Climate Action Plan update. As part of the planning process, the Office of Sustainability and Environment will engage the community to help identify climate action priorities and convene technical advisory groups to analyze and recommend specific strategies for reducing the city’s greenhouse emissions in the transportation, building energy and waste sectors.
City residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in an online survey about transportation and energy choices, the two biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle. The Office of Sustainability and Environment will also reach out directly to community groups to engage them throughout the planning process.
To schedule a climate action plan presentation for your community group, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is reaching out to the public to ask their thoughts on on plans to reduce waste and improve recycling, food and yard waste composting, and other solid waste services. How we manage our waste (both individually and on a municipal level) is a critical component to our overall environmental impact.
The survey should take about 15 minutes. Please take it here.
The City of Seattle could cut its per-capita greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent by 2020 and up to 90 percent by 2050 by implementing an aggressive set of climate strategies in its transportation, building energy and waste sectors, a report commissioned by the City shows.
Getting to Zero: A Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Seattle, a report developed by Stockholm Environment Institute, evaluated the emissions reduction potential of a range of strategies including increased transit service, expanded bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increased building efficiency and switching from fossil fuels to less carbon-intensive alternatives. Seattle is currently considering formally adopting a climate protection goal of zero net emissions by 2050 and this report was developed to explore the technical feasibility of that goal. Through the city’s climate action planning process, city staff and sector experts will also consider economic and political factors and recommend actions to move the city toward this goal. The planning process will start in the fall with the final action plan anticipated to be complete by next summer.
Carbon Neutral Analysis Documents
Technical Appendix (documenting the approach and assumptions for the analysis)
The C40 is comprised of 40 of the world’s largest cities leading together on taking action to combat climate change. For the first time in history, half of the world’s people live in cities and roughly 12 percent of the world’s carbon emissions are produced in our metropolitan areas. This is why cities have such a large role to play in reducing emissions and working to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Seattle has been an affiliate partner of the C40 since 2006. As such, we have the opportunity to learn from what other cities are doing and contribute our own best practices. In addition, C40 has asked participating cities to voluntarily disclose their carbon emissions, reduction targets and action planning processes in order to establish a baseline to measure project effectiveness going forward.
C40 partnered with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to gather the data and compile it into a report, released this week. Over 3,000 organizations in some 60 countries around the world measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, water management and climate change strategies through CDP. Seattle took part in the C40 disclosure project conducted earlier this year.
Seattle conducts a greenhouse gas inventory of its municipal operations (corporate inventory) annually, and an inventory of the entire community’s footprint every three years. These reports can be found on the Office of Sustainability & Environment’s climate protection page. The 2008/09 corporate inventory will be available shortly and OSE will be conducting the 2011 community inventory next year.