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Local food movement benefits Seattle

Many great things are going on in Seattle and our region to create a sustainable and healthy food system that works for everyone. Innovative programs, such as training homeless youth to grow food or providing fresh food options in “food deserts,” benefit our community in a variety of ways –… [ Keep reading ]

Changes to Seattle’s Shoreline Rules

A required update to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) just released the second draft of the updated regulations. The SMP includes the goals, policies and regulations that govern land use and activities within the Seattle Shoreline District. Seattle’s Shoreline District includes the Duwamish River,… [ Keep reading ]

How do YOU think we should tackle climate change?

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… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Transit Master Plan Needs Your Feedback!

SDOT will be hosting 5 open houses this fall to share information about the TMP Draft Summary Report and to get feedback from the community. If you care about transit, please plan on attending to learn about the draft plan and share your thoughts. The Draft Summary Report can be… [ Keep reading ]

Open House 10/17 on Energy Benchmarking & Reporting

Commercial and multi-family building owners – energy costs got you down? Join program staff from the Department of Planning and Development on October 17th  to learn more about the Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance and find out how to take a bite out of your energy bills. You’ll… [ Keep reading ]

New Incentives For Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Great incentives this fall make it even easier to upgrade your home and save energy this winter! Up to $1,000 (in addition to existing incentives) for homeowners who sign up for the program before Thanksgiving. Fall Bonus: $500 off the cost of an energy upgrade  Loan Fee Waiver: Waive $400 loan… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor’s 2012 Proposed Budget and the Environment

On Monday, Mayor Mike McGinn presented his 2012 Proposed Budget to City Council. In spite of continued fiscal pressures, the Mayor’s commitment to environmental sustainability remains strong, and we’re happy to share the proposed budget would strengthen and expand work on the City’s environmental priorities in 2012. Here are just… [ Keep reading ]

Free trees for your yard still available!

The Trees for Neighborhoods program provides free trees, waterbags and training to Seattle residents who’d like more trees around their homes. The application period is still open for trees to plant in yards, and a variety of large trees is still available. Learn more at the Trees for Neighborhoods website. Healthy,… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle part of “Greenest Cities Worldwide” conference

This week, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin is at a conference in Växjö, Sweden, named the ‘Greenest City in Europe,’ representing North America. He is presenting Seattle’s best practices, key policies and community engagement efforts toward the City’s goal of Carbon Neutrality. Read the press release here. More info… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Public Library hosts ‘Urban Self-Reliance” workshops

The Seattle Public Library will host 17 workshops as part of the “Urban Self-Reliance” series in September and October at several Library locations. Learn how to live a more practical, sustainable life by growing and preserving your own food, using a bike as a healthy and economical means of transportation… [ Keep reading ]