Resources

A list of resources available under each topic area.

Climate & Air

Carbon Neutral Feasibility Study
Getting to Zero: A Pathway to Carbon Neutral Seattle identifies a suite of ambitious strategies that demonstrate one potential pathway to carbon neutrality.
2006 Climate Action Plan
Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to develop a climate action plan.
Economics Report on Climate Friendly Communities
The Office of Sustainability & Environment released a review of existing economics studies exploring the likely business impacts of creating climate friendly communities.
Seattle Transportation Plans
Road transportation accounts for 40% of Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions. Seattle's transportation plans identify improvements that also reduce emissions.
Transit Program
Making walking, biking, and riding transit the go-to travel choices in Seattle.
Bicycle Program
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.

Building & Energy

Green Building Certification Programs
Green building and energy efficiency certifications provide assurance that a builder has instituted measures to increase the performance of a building. Consider certifying your new building under one of the green building rating systems available.
Green Building
Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.
City Light Integrated Resource Plan
2012 plan shows how an increasing amount of the City’s electricity demand will be met through conservation.
City Greenbuilding Project Case Studies
Spotlight on Green City of Seattle Facilities
Green Remodeling Guides
Remodeling? Building New? Help Is Here
Residential GB Case Studies
These residential case studies demonstrate how smart technologies, eco-friendly materials, energy-efficiency and other green features combine to make a great living environment.
Green Tenant Improvement Guides
Green building design practices and management principles can reduce building operating expenses, increase worker productivity and asset value.
Green Building Task Force (Archived)
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.

Transportation & Land Use

Bike Master Plan
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.
Ped Master Plan
A key element of the City's pedestrian program, the Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.
Seattle's Comprehensive Plan
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.

Food

P-Patch Community Gardening
P-Patch Program is Seattle's community gardening programand is open to Seattle residents.
CityFruit
Promotoes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate.
Farmers Markets
Support your neighborhood farmer's market.
Puget Sound Fresh
Resource site on local farms, farmer's markets, CSAs, and seasonal cooking.
Regional Food Policy Council
Develops just and integrated policy and action recommendations that promote health, sustain and strengthen the local and regional food system, and engage and partner with agriculture, business, communities and governments in the four-county region.
Urban Farm Hub
Learn what’s going on in the Puget Sound region’s urban agriculture scene, pick up ideas for your own urban homesteading projects and find ways to connect with local programs with a farming bent.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work
A national initiative to prevent chronic disease and promote health through policy, systems and environment changes.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
A coalition of organizations working on improving our overall environment so our children live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Anti Hunger and Nutrition Coalition
Brings the voices of hungry Washington families to the ears of our policy makers to ensure that public policy leads our response to hunger in WA state.
Cascade Harvest Coalition
Dedicated to re-localizing the food system in Washington by connecting consumers more directly with producers.
Lettuce Link
Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for families with lower incomes in Seattle.
NW Farm Bill Action Group
The NW Farm Bill Action Group is building a diverse alliance of people and organizations in the Pacific Northwest who advocate for a more healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system.

Waste

Solid Waste Plan - Seattle Public Utilities
The updated Solid Waste Management Plan describes how the City of Seattle will manage waste for the next 20 years, including recycling, composting and other zero waste strategies.
Zero Waste - Seattle Public Utilities
City resolution and study on zero waste strategies with the potential to divert significant tonnage away from landfill disposal. Links to solid waste management plan as well.
Tenant Recycling Education Materials
Flyers, posters, videos and more, in many languages so you can reach everyone in your buildings on how to properly recycle and compost.

Water

Shoreline Master Plan Update
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.
Rainwise tools
How rain runoff can be slowed and cleaned in your yard.
SPU Water Reports
A variety of Seattle Public Utilities reports and research on water conservation.
Tolt River Watershed
The South Fork Tolt River is the smaller and lesser known (than the Cedar River) but still essential second supply watershed in SPU’s freshwater supply system. Located in the foothills of the Cascades in east King County, it supplies about 30% of the drinking water for 1.3 million people in and around Seattle.
Cedar River Watershed
Supplying the majority of Seattle's drinking water, the Cedar River Watershed has an education center, hosts tours and is carefully managed with a 50-year habitat conservation plan.
Watershed Projects Map
An interactive map (pdf) to see projects such as rain gardens, green roofs and habitat restoration.
Rainwater harvest tip sheet
Tip sheet on design, permitting and use of harvested rainwater.
Stormwater Management Plan
The City of Seattle Stormwater Management Plan was developed for compliance with the Ecology-issued 2012 NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit.
Stormwater Management: Green Roof Tip Sheet
This Tip is designed to help applicants meet the requirements for green roofs associated with stormwater code compliance.

Trees & Open Space

Urban Forest Stewardship Plan
A long term vision for increasing tree canopy cover in Seattle.
Seattle Ecosystem values
Ecosystem services are the environmental benefits provided by urban trees. These benefits include trapping and slowing rain water, energy conservation, carbon sequestration, heat island reduction, and improvements to air and water quality.
Parks Vegetation Management Plans
VMPs guide the growth, development, and maintenance of parks and open spaces. Each VMP is designed to bring together the diverse interests at work (and at play) in a park or open space
Environmental Learning Centers
Discover your local environment through programs and events at one of these environmental learning centers.
Urban Forest Stewardship Plan Progress Reports
Annual progress reports tracking the City's goal to reach 30% canopy cover.
Seattle's Parks
Visit the Department of Parks and Recreation's site to use the handy park finder to over 400 parks and open areas.
Street Tree Planting and Care
Department of Transportation page helps you select an appropriate tree and location in your right of way and follow the necessary processes for permitting and maintenance.