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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 ]

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 ]

City of Seattle Announces New Pilot Program to Incentivize Heavy Duty Truck Electrification (Deadline Extended to November 6)

City seeking drivers operating in the Duwamish Valley to apply for 40% rebate to apply to the cost of electric drayage truck SEATTLE (August 16, 2023) — Mayor Bruce Harrell and the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) today announced a new Electric Trucks Pilot aimed at supporting local… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Downtown Activation Plan Envisions a Greener, More Resilient City Center

The landscape of Downtown, with breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, is a beautiful reminder of the Emerald City’s connection to nature, and the commitment we have to protecting it for all to enjoy. As we work to bring people and vibrancy back Downtown, Seattle will… [ Keep reading ]

Updates on Seattle’s Clean Transportation Electrification Blueprint

Transportation is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change in Seattle. Pollution from transportation degrades air and water quality, all of which disproportionately harm our Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. Seattle City Light is committed to reducing climate pollution in the transportation sector. To accomplish… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Introduces New Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 27% from Existing Buildings 

Policy continues Seattle’s decades-long legacy of national climate leadership and innovation to meet the urgency and scale of the climate crisis Seattle – Mayor Bruce Harrell today announced a bold new proposal to reduce emissions for existing large buildings. Applying to existing nonresidential and multifamily buildings greater than 20,000 square feet, the Building Emissions Performance Standard… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle has reached a milestone of providing more than 1,000 rebates and no-cost upgrades to help low-to-middle income switch to an energy-efficient electric heat pump!

The City of Seattle has hit another milestone in its commitment to environmental and climate justice and a greener city – reaching 1,000 rebates offered to transition homes from oil-to-electric heat! Targeting climate pollution in buildings is one of the City’s priorities, and the Clean Heat program rebates incentivize and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle “Clean Buildings Accelerator” Program Launching Summer 2022

Clean buildings are essential for meeting City and State energy, climate, and equity goals. The Washington State Clean Building Performance Standards law seeks to lower energy costs and climate-polluting emissions from existing buildings and provides incentives to encourage building owners to improve energy efficiency. The City of Seattle Office of… [ Keep reading ]