Key Initiatives

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

Climate & Air

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.
Supporting community-led climate action ideas
Quarterly forums where residents and grassroots sustainability organizations engage with City staff around the City’s on-going climate action work.
Charting a path to carbon neutrality by 2050

Buildings & Energy

Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.
District energy is one of the innovative policy areas the Office of Sustainability and Environment leads to find new ways to heat and cool neighboring buildings efficiently and capture wasted energy.
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.

Transportation

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.

Food

Fresh Bucks doubles the value of SNAP benefits redemeed at Seattle Farmers Markets, up to $10 per day.
Seattle's vision for a healthy food system is guided by the Food Action Plan. Nearly all of the City's food initiatives originate from this Plan.

Waste

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

Water

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

Trees & Green Space

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.