What You Can Do

See all the ways you can help by clicking each topic area.

Climate & Air

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit
Save money on utility costs, have a more comfortable home and decrease your impact on the environment - all by improving the energy efficiency of your house.
Home Energy Evaluation
The first step toward improving the efficiency of your home is to improve your understanding of your home.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Appliances make up about 20 percent of your home’s electricity use. Seattle City Light’s appliance rebates can help you upgrade to more efficient models – saving you money and electricity for years to come.
Reduce Water Use
Tips to reduce your water use and utility bills year-round.
Green Remodeling
Resources for green home remodeling.
Green Cleaning
Tips for taking a green approach to household cleaning.
Green Up
Voluntary green power program for residents and businesses.
Way To Go
One stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about how to get around without a car.
Lawn Care
Reduce waste, conserve water and protect the environment while growing a beautiful yard.
Backyard Creek Stewardship
Help Creeks and wildlife by following these landscaping, water quality and water conservation tips.
Manage Stormwater at Home
In big storms, excess “storm water” can cause sewer backups, or pollute and erode our streams. We can all help reduce runoff and pollution with simple RainWise practices.
Backyard Composting
Composting is easy and a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps into a fertile, sweet-smelling soil builder.
Prevent Water Pollution
Keep water safe and clean by preventing pollution at its source.
Planting Trees
Urban trees add value to our community in many ways: they beautiful our surroundings, clean the air, absorb stormwater and climate-disrupting gases and increase property values.
Energy Upgrade Your Business
Providing financialy incentive and information to help you make your business energy efficienty
Commercial Waste & Water Management
Information on commercial waste and water management
Green Your Business
Tools and assistance to help businesses conserve resources and prevent pollution.
Commercial Green Building Assistance
Resources to help you incorporate green building strategies into your commercial project.
Green Seattle Partnership
A unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and Forterra to promote a livable city by re-establishing and maintaining healthy forested parklands throughout Seattle. Numberous volunteers opportunities available.
Watershed Stewardship
Lots of opportunities to improve habitat for urban watersheds, meet new friends and have fun helping to restore our waters.
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness
Being prepared for a disaster is a key strategy in climate resilience.
Community Climate Forums
Quarterly forums where residents and grassroots sustainability organizations engage with City staff around the City’s on-going climate action work.

Buildings & Energy

Community Power Works
Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.
Professional Home Energy Audits
Receive a deeply discounted home energy audit through City Light and Community Power Works. This stem-to-stern analysis evaluates current home insulation levels, windows and doors, heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, and more to develop an Energy Performance Score and a list of energy improvements.
Green Building
Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.
Purchase Energy Efficient Products
Look for the Energy STAR label on products that consume energy (e.g., appliances, electronics, and furnaces) and those that impact energy use (like windows and roofing material).
Purchase healthy building products
Look to the Washington Toxics Coalition for information on least-toxic and healthier options for home repair and building materials
Buy Green Energy
Add Green Up! To your City Light electric bill for an easy, low-cost way to participate in the renewable energy economy. A small monthly payment directly supports the development of renewable energy installations in the Northwest.
2030 District
High performance building district in downtown Seattle.
Green Building
Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.
Purchase Energy Efficient Products
Look for the Energy STAR label on products that consume energy (e.g., appliances, electronics, and furnaces) and those that impact energy use (like windows and roofing material).
Buy Green Energy
Add Green Up! To your City Light electric bill for an easy, low-cost way to participate in the renewable energy economy. A small monthly payment directly supports the development of renewable energy installations in the Northwest.
Commercial Energy Audit
The first step in saving energy is to know how and where you’re using it. Seattle City Light performs facility audits for medium- and large-sized commercial energy customers.
Conduct a Water Audit
Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Smart Technology Program provides free water use audits to qualifying commercial customers to establish their “water footprint.”
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.
Renewable Energy
Seattle's Energy Supply is Growing Greener. You can help!
Capitol Hill EcoDistrict
Seattle residents of Capitol Hill have the unique opportunity to contribute to neighborhood-scale environmental improvements in six different performance areas (community, transportation, water, habitat, and materials) through Capitol Hill Housing’s EcoDistrict project.
Community Climate Projects
Each year OSE solicits proposals from community groups and neighborhood based organizations to support projects that reduce climate impacts from energy use, transportation and purchasing/food choices.
Community Power Works
Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.

Transportation & Land Use

Way to Go, Seattle!
Way to Go, Seattle! is your one stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about changing to walking, biking, using transit, and carpooling.
Commute Trip Reduction
Employer programs that encourage employees to reduce driving and solo commuting. The City of Seattle works with over 250 employers who employ a total of over 156,000 employees.
Neighborhood Greenways
Neighborhood Greenways provide people of all ages and abilities with comfortable and attractive places to walk, ride a bike, skate and run and connect people to parks, schools and local shops.
Walk, Bike, Ride Challenge
In the summertime, you can sign up to track your biking, walking and transit-use and get entered to win some great prizes!

Food

Growing Food in Planting Strips
Information for residents who want to grow food in their planting strip.
Backyard Composting
Composting is easy and a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps into a fertile, sweet-smelling soil builder.
Donate Food
Opportunities for Seattle gardeners growing extra produce to donate to Seattle food banks, meals programs and shelters.
Giving Garden
Grow fruits and vegetables to help feed the hungry.
CityFruit
Promotoes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate.
Urban Farms
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Growing Food in Planting Strips
Information for residents who want to grow food in their planting strip.
Donate Food
Opportunities for Seattle gardeners growing extra produce to donate to Seattle food banks, meals programs and shelters.
Giving Garden
Grow fruits and vegetables to help feed the hungry.
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.

Waste

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.
Recycling
Recycling information in one handy place - for your home or apartment.
Reduce and Reuse
Resources to help you reduce waste (eliminate junk mail, for example) and buy or donate used items.
Green Your Business
Resources, tips and incentives to help your business save money and save resources.
Event Recycling & Compostables
Information and resources on Washington's requirement's for recycling at events.

Water

Reduce Water Use
Installing efficient fixtures and taking steps to conserve water can help reduce your water use and utility bills year-round. Tools, resources and incentives to help you get started.
Residential RainWise Program
Seattle Public Utilities' RainWise program provides resources, tools and incentives to help you manage stormwater at home, reduce flooding and protect Seattle's water.
Natural Lawn and Garden Care
Natural yard care practices help reduce waste and water use and mean less pollution going into our waterways.
Rainwater harvest tip sheet
Tip sheet on design, permitting and use of harvested rainwater.
Stormwater Management: Green Roof Tip Sheet
This Tip is designed to help applicants meet the requirements for green roofs associated with stormwater code compliance.
Rainwater harvest tip sheet
Tip sheet on design, permitting and use of harvested rainwater.
Conduct a Water Audit
Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Smart Technology Program provides free water use audits to qualifying commercial customers to establish their “water footprint.”
Adopt-a-Drain
Join volunteers across the city who are helping prevent neighborhood flooding by keeping storm drains free of debris.
Restore Our Waters
City of Seattle’s commitment to take actions and promote partnerships that protect and improve our creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River and Puget Sound.
Watershed Projects Map
An interactive map (pdf) to see projects such as rain gardens, green roofs and habitat restoration.
Adopt-a-Drain
Join volunteers across the city who are helping prevent neighborhood flooding by keeping storm drains free of debris.
Prevent Pollution
Easy things you can do to help prevent pollution and keep Seattle's water clean and healthy for all.
Report surface water pollution
Help protect Seattle's water and wildlife by reporting surface water pollution. Seattle Public Utilities will send a surface water quality field inspector to investigate the problem.

Trees

Trees for Neighborhoods
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.
Street trees for your community
SDOT is interested in finding neighborhoods where we can plant about 100 trees within (about) a 4 to 5-square block area. Send them your suggestion!
Volunteer with Parks
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has many opportunities to get involved in helping out with parks events and work parties.
Tree Ambassadors
The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local community. Tree Ambassadors are trained in the basics of urban forestry and community organizing.
Green Seattle Partnership
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.
Street trees for your community
SDOT is interested in finding neighborhoods where we can plant about 100 trees within (about) a 4 to 5-square block area. Send them your suggestion!