Severe weather warning in effect for the Puget Sound area.
A series of storm systems is set to move through the Puget Sound area that have the potential to cause impacts over the next couple of days. The second, and potentially more powerful storm system will push through sometime on Saturday evening and into Sunday. The latest information can be found on alert.seattle.gov.
Using our streets to provide safe, affordable travel choices and that encourage people to get out and enjoy their neighborhood on foot or by bike. In doing so, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of or residents and make it comfortable for people of all abilities to move around.
Seattle has recently adopted new recycling requirements for construction and demolition materials, and there are resources to help you comply, as well as information on how this can benefit your project.
Seattle’s Green Factor ordinance requires commercial projects to employ various strategies to increase horizontal and vertical green space. Strategies are weighted based on their benefit to the environment, the urban experience, and the public good.
The City of Seattle’s Stormwater Code requires projects to implement green stormwater infrastructure to the maximum extent feasible. GSI examples include permeable pavement, bioretention facilities, and green roofs.
Preserving Seattle’s existing building stock reduces embodied energy expenditures (energy associated with the extraction, refining, manufacturing and shipping of materials). In addition, it enhances a sense of place and can reinforce community fabric. Historic preservation regulations restrict what can be torn down, maintaining historic and notable elements of Seattle’s architectural legacy.
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.
An interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. The 2030 District uses the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning performance goals for energy, water, and transportation CO2 reductions.
The year-long Green Building Task Force produced a report and policy recommendations that helped shape the identification and prioritization of Seattle’s current green building initiatives. Visit the archived site for background.
Seattle City Light’s 2013 Conservation Potential Assessment analyzes Seattle’s current electricity use patterns and identifies energy savings potentials for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
SDOT considers federal, state, regional, and local policies and regulations in all its action plans and projects, including Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and State & National Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA & NEPA).
Approved by voters in November 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.
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.
The goal of this Department of Transportation plan is to triple the amount of bicycling in Seattle between 2007 and 2017, and to reduce the rate of bicycle collisions by one third during the same timeframe.
Our comprehensive plan, Toward a Sustainable Seattle, is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future and provides the framework for most of Seattle’s big-picture decisions on how to grow while preserving and improving our neighborhoods.
The Farms and Food Roundtable, jointly convened by the City of Seattle, King County, and Pike Place Market, identified key recommendations to preserve farmland and increase market and distribution opportunities for local small and mid-sized farmers in King County.
Rule requires all food service businesses - restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops and institutional cafeterias - to replace all food service products designed for one-time use with products that are either compostable or recyclable.
Deconstruction involves disassembly of a building by a crew of people. Items of value, such as doors and cabinets, can be kept intact and materials can be separated by heavy equipment and salvaged for reuse or recycling.
Our stormwater regulations protect people, property, and the environment from damage caused by stormwater runoff. Our stormwater codes also satisfy the City’s obligation to comply with our Municipal Stormwater Discharge National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is mandated by the state Shoreline Management Act (SMA), created by citizen referendum in 1972, and includes the goals, policies, and regulations that govern land use and activities within the Seattle Shoreline District.
The City's long-term plan and projects required to prevent sewer and stormwater overflows during heavy rain events. This work is led by Seattle Public Utilities, with the Office of Sustainability and Environment involved in developing citywide policies on green stormwater infrastructure as one element of overflow prevention.
Single- and multi-family dwellings account for the largest portion of the city's land mass (67 percent) and therefore the biggest opportunity for planting new trees. This means many Seattle residents and building owners can make a huge difference in helping us reach Seattle's tree canopy goals. The City, through Seattle Public Utilities, offers an annual tree giveaway and training program.
Pesticides (weed and bug killers) can damage soil and plant health, poison wildlife like birds, bees and salmon, and harm our families' health. The City of Seattle works to reduce pesticide use in its land management practices and has programs to help residents learn the same natural gardening skills at home.