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Year One Progress on the Transportation and Climate Justice Executive Order

It’s been just over a year since Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the Executive Order directing City departments to work together to prioritize and expand actions that equitably reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) within the transportation sector. Since then considerable progress has been made to advance the 23 actions… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Climate & Sustainability Highlights 

For the latest news and updates from OSE, be sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. It was a busy year for the Office of Sustainability and Environment, and we’re excited to share some of our accomplishments and highlights from 2023. From reducing buildings emissions to supporting community-led environmental justice… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Clean Buildings Accelerator program is BEPS-ready! 

Buildings remain one of the largest sources of climate pollution in Seattle, responsible for more than one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why when Washington State launched new Clean Building Performance Standards in 2019 to reduce building energy usage, the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) began… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) Legislation into Law 

Bold policy is one of the most impactful actions Seattle can take to reduce emissions, and follows significant stakeholder engagement and climate analysis Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a Seattle Building Performance Emission Standard into law – a bold policy to address the climate crisis and create cleaner… [ Keep reading ]

Be a part of the City of Seattle’s First Youth Transportation Summit

This December, youth from across the city will come together to discuss and learn about transportation issues in Seattle at the City of Seattle’s first Youth Transportation Summit.   Event Details The summit is on December 9, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Westin Seattle, and participants… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Transmits Updated Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) Policy to Council 

Bold policy proposal is one of the most impactful actions Seattle can take to reduce emissions, and follows significant stakeholder engagement and climate analysis Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell transmitted legislation to the City Council for the Building Performance Emission Standard – a bold policy to address the climate… [ Keep reading ]

Duwamish Valley Program – Mid-Year Update 2023 

This year marks a big year for the Duwamish Valley Program. In June of 2018, the City released the Duwamish Valley Action Plan, which has been our north star as we coordinate City investments in South Park and Georgetown. This summer, the Action Plan celebrated its 5th year anniversary of… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Forest Week: A Celebration of the Urban Forest  

The City of Seattle’s urban forests are not only a beautiful part of our City but also play a crucial role in combating the impacts of climate change. To celebrate and protect this vital resource for our City, Seattle Forest Week returns this year from October 28 to November 4,… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Green New Deal is Building an Equitable Clean Energy Economy  

Green jobs are good jobs. But according to the recent Seattle Jobs Initiative’s report, the Construction and Building Operations sector is primarily white and male, with all occupational levels except helpers being at least 70% white. As we transition away from fossil fuels, we must diversify the clean energy workforce… [ Keep reading ]

Building a Greener Emerald City 

Green jobs are essential for creating healthy communities. By investing in the skills of the future and prioritizing sustainable workforce development, cities can provide well-paying and accessible employment opportunities to ensure Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and women have access to living wage jobs while reducing emissions and meeting climate… [ Keep reading ]