What You Can Do

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

Climate & Air

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.
The first step toward improving the efficiency of your home is to improve your understanding of your home.
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.
Tips to reduce your water use and utility bills year-round.
Resources for green home remodeling.
Tips for taking a green approach to household cleaning.
Voluntary green power program for residents and businesses.
One stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about how to get around without a car.
Reduce waste, conserve water and protect the environment while growing a beautiful yard.
Help Creeks and wildlife by following these landscaping, water quality and water conservation tips.
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.
Composting is easy and a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps into a fertile, sweet-smelling soil builder.
Keep water safe and clean by preventing pollution at its source.
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.
Providing financialy incentive and information to help you make your business energy efficienty
Information on commercial waste and water management
Tools and assistance to help businesses conserve resources and prevent pollution.
Resources to help you incorporate green building strategies into your commercial project.
Use an Excel-based tool to calculate the carbon footprint of your business. Make a plan to reduce carbon and save resources.
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.
Lots of opportunities to improve habitat for urban watersheds, meet new friends and have fun helping to restore our waters.
Being prepared for a disaster is a key strategy in climate resilience.
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 helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.
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 is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.
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).
Look to the Washington Toxics Coalition for information on least-toxic and healthier options for home repair and building materials
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.
Seattle City Light provides rebates when purchasing electricity saving products for the home, including appliances, heat pumps, lighting and showerheads.
Puget Sound Energy rebates are available for home energy audits, weatherization services, and home heating and water heating products
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 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.
Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Smart Technology Program provides free water use audits to qualifying commercial customers to establish their “water footprint.”
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.
Factsheets and rebate information for businesses, including case studies, overviews for different types of businesses (restaurants, grocers, data center/IT), and general lighting/lighting control tips.
Seattle's Energy Supply is Growing Greener. You can help!
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.
Apply for grant funding to organize your community to reduce its climate impacts. Projects can focus on any number of activities, including those that encourage residential energy conservation.

Transportation & Land Use

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.
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.
Commute Seattle can help employers develop a tailored program to offer workers efficient commuting options.
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.
In the summertime, you can sign up to track your biking, walking and transit-use and get entered to win some great prizes!

Food

Information for residents who want to grow food in their planting strip.
Composting is easy and a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps into a fertile, sweet-smelling soil builder.
Opportunities for Seattle gardeners growing extra produce to donate to Seattle food banks, meals programs and shelters.
Grow fruits and vegetables to help feed the hungry.
Promotoes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate.
Support your neighborhood farmer's market.

Waste

Flyers, posters, videos and more, in many languages so you can reach everyone in your buildings on how to properly recycle and compost.
Recycling information in one handy place - for your home or apartment.
Resources to help you reduce waste (eliminate junk mail, for example) and buy or donate used items.
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.
Resources, tips and incentives to help your business save money and save resources.
Information and resources on Washington's requirement's for recycling at events.

Water

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.
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 yard care practices help reduce waste and water use and mean less pollution going into our waterways.
Tip sheet on design, permitting and use of harvested rainwater.
This Tip is designed to help applicants meet the requirements for green roofs associated with stormwater code compliance.
Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Smart Technology Program provides free water use audits to qualifying commercial customers to establish their “water footprint.”
Join volunteers across the city who are helping prevent neighborhood flooding by keeping storm drains free of debris.
City of Seattle’s commitment to take actions and promote partnerships that protect and improve our creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River and Puget Sound.
An interactive map (pdf) to see projects such as rain gardens, green roofs and habitat restoration.
Easy things you can do to help prevent pollution and keep Seattle's water clean and healthy for all.
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 & Green Space

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.
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!
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has many opportunities to get involved in helping out with parks events and work parties.
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.
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.
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.