Race and Social Justice Initiative

Eliminating racial inequities and creating shared prosperity in Seattle is embedded in the Office of Sustainability's programs and policy development work. 

Below are some of the focus areas and impacts of our work. More can be found in the workplan and progress report links to the left.

Community Power Works, Seattle's energy upgrade program

  • 36% women-, minority- and Veteran-owned contractors performing home energy upgrades
  • 95 low-income loans, totaling over $1.1M
  • 150 minority homeowners have completed upgrades (or have work in progress)
  • 40% of large commercial work performed by people of color, women and veterans
  • Over $100,000 in grants to upgrade low-income multi-family homes through HomeWise

Climate Action Plan

  • Strategies to enhance equity through climate action in transportation & land use, building energy, and waste sectors.
  • Adaptation actions will help vulnerable populations moderate and cope with the consequences of climate change. 

Food Policy

Increase access to healthy food in low-income and underserved communities.

  • Expanded the Fresh Bucks to all Seattle Farmers Markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks provides up to a $10 match for EBT benefits redeemed.
  • Mapped areas of Seattle with limited food access to inform land use and transportation planning and community development.