Join the City of Seattle and over 70 community partners and local businesses who are coming together to inspire concrete action on climate change. The community-wide effort, called Seattle Climate Action Now (Seattle CAN!), invites all Seattle residents to become part of the solution to climate change by taking concrete steps to increase home energy efficiency and transportation efficiency. The campaign also provides avenues for civic engagement and collective action. DPD recognizes that the time to get started is now, and Seattle Climate Action Now makes it easy. The practical steps promoted in the campaign will help build a stronger, healthier community for our families today and will also help ensure a brighter tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to increase the impact of our work for positive change,” says Diane Sugimura, DPD Director. “Seattle Climate Action Now is a great resource for Seattle citizens and business owners who are eager to take action on climate change.”
Whether you’re looking for a resource to help you weatherize your home, an incentive program to help you transition to a car-free commute, or a fun way to connect with others in your neighborhood, it’s all there at www.SeattleCAN.org. There are so many ways to get involved.
Mayor Greg Nickels launched the campaign on September 21 at the Seattle Aquarium, together with a broad coalition of partners from the business and non-profit communities. “Here in Seattle, there is growing recognition that global warming isn’t a problem for future generations to worry about,” said Mayor Nickels. “It is an enormous challenge facing our city and our planet today. We are committed to rising to this challenge together and hope you will join us.”
Seattle Climate Action Now offers three primary tools for engagement:
Climate Action and Resource Web Portal
The Seattle CAN web portal, www.SeattleCAN.org, is a one-stop shop designed to help you take climate action. The site features five main components:
1. Get Started Guide for Climate Action in Seattle
2. Zerofootprint Climate Action Planner–Tool to help residents calculate their carbon footprint, create an action plan for reducing it, track progress over time, and connect with others taking action
3. Partners–Information about campaign partners
4. Resources–Information to help you take climate action
5. Community Events Calendar
Climate Action Partnerships
The diverse network of community-based, nonprofit and business partners who are collaborating to get the word out about climate action each bring a unique area of expertise and perspective. To learn more about who is participating in the campaign and why–or for information about how to join as an organizational partner–visit the Seattle CAN website.
Community Action Days
Community Action Days are community events designed to help Seattle residents increase home energy efficiency (fall-winter emphasis) and reduce transportation emissions (spring-summer emphasis). Home energy and transportation are Seattle’s two largest sources of climate pollution. The events will emphasize collective action, where possible, and will provide opportunities for partners to co-promote their activities and resources.
Sign up at the Seattle CAN website if you would like to help plan future events and activities. Working together, Seattle CAN make a difference!