Tag: sustainability

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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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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LIVING BUILDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS

July 31st, 2012

The Council has unanimously adopted changes to the ‘Living Building Challenge Pilot Program’ that will tighten the qualifications for participation and provide additional incentives for builders to participate in the program.  We expect at least one additional building to be able to proceed into construction as a result of this change. The Living Building ordinance […]

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CAN WESTERN WASHINGTON FEED ITSELF?

July 3rd, 2012

The Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI) is designed to increase gardening and farming in the City, encourage farmers markets and other connections to local producers, and emphasize food as an important part of our economy.  We know that eating more locally can reduce the cost of transport, provide access to food that is healthier and […]

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ANTIOCH SEATTLE TRIUMPHS IN RECYCLEMANIA!

May 6th, 2011

In only its second year of participation in the competition, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) surpassed its 2010 record by winning second place nationally in Recyclemania’s Grand Champion category.   AUS competed with 287 other schools in various categories, and also came in third in Waste Minimization. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 10: HOW TO ADAPT

February 16th, 2011

The climate is already changing and will keep changing no matter how rapidly we are able to turn around greenhouse gas accumulation.  So we will need a strategy of adaptation to the expected impacts, which were reviewed in the previous post.  Here is what Seattle is doing. The outstanding example of the City’s work to […]

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REGION AGREES TO CREATE FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

December 7th, 2010

We have achieved a significant new milestone in our campaign for healthy, local food!  The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the regional planning body for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, has agreed to form a Regional Food Policy Council (RFPC) as a working group under the PSRC umbrella.  The RFPC “partners with community, business, […]

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COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON UNWANTED PHONE BOOKS

October 19th, 2010

On Monday, October 11, the Seattle City Council adopted an ordinance regulating the distribution of unwanted yellow pages phone books, the next step towards Zero Waste in Seattle. The new law creates an Opt-Out Registry that Seattle residents and businesses can access on the web, by phone or by mail, which will be operated by […]

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Reducing Carbon Emissions: Seattle Takes the Lead

May 17th, 2010

As the City Council begins the work on developing a carbon (climate) neutral Seattle, we can build on ten years of past efforts to reduce Seattle’s carbon footprint. Seattle has a proud record of recognizing and addressing climate change.

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