Key Initiatives

The Office of Sustainability and Environment focuses on policies and programs listed in the areas below.

Key Initiatives

Seattle Climate Action Plan puts Seattle on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050
Even though Seattle continues to be a leader in reducing our climate impacts, we will not be immune to the effects of climate change.
Charting a path to carbon neutrality by 2050

The City of Seattle has a number of policies and plans to make the City's buildings and operations cleaner, more efficient and greener. Includes sustainable purchasing, green fleets and pesticide reduction policies, as well as the latest sustainable building and energy efficiency policies.
Learn how to comply and find out how your building’s energy use compares to others in Seattle. Required annually for non-residential and multifamily buildings 20,000 sf or larger.
Policy solutions to help Seattle buildings reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to support Seattle's climate goals
About the Seattle Building Tune-Ups Program
About the Seattle Building Tune-Ups Program
About the Seattle Building Tune-Ups Program
Resources related to the Seattle Building Tune-Ups Program
Enforcement information for the Seattle Building Tune-Ups Program

Key Initiatives

Promoting electric vehicles is an important part of the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from cars and trucks on Seattle’s roads, which make up 40 percent of our city-wide footprint and are the single largest source of emissions.

Key Initiatives

Fresh Bucks makes healthy fruits and vegetables easier to afford by matching SNAP/EBT (food stamps) benefits dollar-for-dollar up to $10 at all participating farmers market locations in Seattle and King County.
Seattle’s Food Action Plan lays out strategies to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, strengthen our regional food economy, and reduce food-related waste.
The Fresh Bucks to Go preschool pilot is providing fresh, local fruits and vegetables delivered every other week to families participating in Seattle’s subsidized preschool programs.

Key Initiatives

Our everyday purchasing choices have a carbon footprint that we can work to reduce.

Key Initiatives

Seattle will manage 700 million gallons of stormwater with green infrastructure by 2025.

Key Initiatives

A long term vision for increasing tree canopy cover in Seattle.
The City passed Ordinance 123052 in August 2009 establishing an Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) to advise the Mayor and City Council on policy and regulations for protecting, managing, and conserving trees and vegetation in the City of Seattle.
The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) is a unique public-private venture dedicated to promoting a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining healthy urban forests. The GSP goal is to restore 2,500 acres of forested parklands by 2025 with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Formed in 2004 by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City of Seattle and Forterra (formerly known as Cascade Land Conservancy), the GSP is a one-time, 20-year investment in the restoration of our forests. OSE staffs the GSP’s Management Team and the Executive Council.