Posts for 'Environment'

PROGRESS TOWARDS ZERO WASTE CONTINUES

August 15th, 2013

Data is now in on recycling outcomes for 2012, and Seattle continues to move steadily towards the Zero Waste goal. The City reached a 55.7% recycling rate in 2012, with record recycling rates for both single family and multi family sectors. Tons of waste sent to the landfill declined to 316,000, a reduction of more […]

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ARBORETUM AGREEMENT ON SR 520

July 16th, 2013

As the SR 520 project continues into final design on the Seattle side, the City has concluded negotiations with the State on the first phase of mitigation funds for the Arboretum. The $7.8 million covered in this agreement will be used to develop a one mile multi-use trail for bicycle and pedestrian access connecting East […]

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DRUG AND MEDICINE PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM APPROVED

June 21st, 2013

On Thursday, June 20, the King County Board of Health unanimously approved a Rule and Regulation establishing an industry-funded product stewardship model for managing unwanted and surplus drugs and medicines in King County. King County will become the second County in the nation (following Alameda County, California) to adopt such a program; British Columbia has […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050: CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE APPROVED

June 20th, 2013

On Monday, June 17, the Council unanimously adopted an update to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan that sets Seattle on a course towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. I proposed adopting the ambitious ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal as a Council priority in 2010, and legislation accepting the goal was approved by the […]

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DUWAMISH SUPERFUND: CITY COMMITMENTS ON CLEANUP AND HEALTH IMPACTS

June 13th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 12, Mayor McGinn and eight Councilmembers sent a letter to the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) expressing our support for the DRCC’s work to engage the community and ensure that our Superfund cleanup investments result in a cleaner and safer river for all. The letter acknowledged that the EPA proposed cleanup could […]

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FARM CITY ROUNDTABLE

June 6th, 2013

Last week King County invited me to present at the second South County Farm/City Roundtable, sponsored by the County in cooperation with the King County Agriculture Commission and the King Conservation District. The meeting, at Green River Community College, brought farmers and City representatives from Auburn, Kent, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila together to talk […]

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DUWAMISH CLEANUP JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

May 23rd, 2013

The Duwamish Superfund cleanup is moving into the next phase of activity, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its preferred alternative. Over the next three weeks, comments are being taken on the proposal, and we expect EPA to make a final decision in the next few months. In the meantime, I have been […]

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STREET TREE ORDINANCE ADOPTED

May 3rd, 2013

On Monday, April 29, the Council unanimously adopted a new Street Tree ordinance. This is the first revision of Seattle’s Street Tree Ordinance since 1961, and the result of several years of work by the Seattle Department of Transportation in cooperation with other Departments, Council staff, and the Urban Forestry Commission. This is the first […]

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GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP FUNDED BY COUNCIL

December 4th, 2012

On Friday, November 9, the City Council adopted a series of changes to the proposed 2013-2014 budgets submitted by the Mayor.  The Council unanimously approved an amendment I sponsored that adds $500,000 each year to City funding for the Green Seattle Partnership, which mobilizes volunteers to maintain the health of our urban forests. Seattle’s urban […]

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MORE TREES FOR SEATTLE

August 16th, 2012

Seattle has accepted a big challenge:  to turn around the loss of tree cover from developing a City on this formerly forested land, and to restore and regrow as much of the urban forest as we can.  Trees not only because they make the City more beautiful and our neighborhoods more livable, but also help […]

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