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Seattle Releases Third Environmental Progress Report to Celebrate Earth Day

Today, the Office of Sustainability & Environment released the third update of Seattle’s environmental progress report showing that Seattleites continue to be leaders in environmental actions including taking transit, conserving energy, and reducing waste. First released in 2014, Seattle’s environmental progress report assembles key citywide environmental metrics in one place…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Benchmarked Buildings Reduce Emissions Nearly 5%

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:              Sara Wysocki, Office of Sustainability & Environment,   Seattle’s Benchmarked Buildings Reduce Emissions Nearly 5% City’s largest buildings are using less energy and reducing climate pollution   SEATTLE (Sept. 26,… [ Keep reading ]

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… [ Keep reading ]

Job Opportunity – New Equity & Environment Program Manager

From recycling to energy efficiency, Seattle is widely known for its environmental leadership and innovation. However, the Seattle community faces many of the same challenges as the broader US environmental movement: those who shape and benefit from environmental policies, approaches, and outcomes are primarily white, upper-income communities. To realize Seattle’s… [ Keep reading ]

White House Recognizes Seattle as a Climate Action Champion

The White House recognized Seattle as a Climate Action Champion on Wednesday, one of just 16 local and tribal governments that demonstrated a strong and ongoing commitment to actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance climate resilience. “This is a tremendous honor that adds momentum to our innovations on… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission Position Opening

The City of Seattle is looking for a new Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) member to fill Position #4. This position is for a hydrologist or similar professional, preferably with expertise in the study of natural drainage, climate or air quality, or a combination. This position is appointed by the Mayor, and… [ Keep reading ]

Lower Your Carbon “Foodprint”

By now, you’ve probably heard of a carbon footprint, where you measure the carbon associated with your daily activities, like commuting, heating/cooling your home and taking trips. But one of the biggest choices you make to impact the climate may be related to food, or your carbon “foodprint.” Food production… [ Keep reading ]

Food Gardens in the Fall

Just like that, it’s fall! What a fantastic summer we had, ideal for growing tomatoes and other heat-loving crops. But now that it’s getting cooler, the time is right to switch to winter crops or get your garden tucked in for the winter so it’s ready to grow again next… [ Keep reading ]

Request for Proposals – Energy Benchmarking Data Analysis

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct analysis on building energy performance data as collected per the energy benchmarking and reporting requirement for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet and greater. The cost for consulting services is estimated… [ Keep reading ]

How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

How energy efficient is your home? Find out with an energy assessment, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself – or both! Understanding your home’s energy use is the first step to improving its efficiency and saving you money on utility bills. (Most info below from City Light’s… [ Keep reading ]