Programs & Policies


Just as climate change is not a stand-alone issue, Seattle's plan to address climate change is also not a stand-alone plan. With focus areas of transportation/land use, building energy and waste, the actions identified in the Seattle Climate Action Plan are being implemented across multiple City departments. 

Programs & Policies

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.
Making walking, biking, and riding transit the go-to travel choices in Seattle.
Improving pedestrian safety and to encouraging more walking by creating an environment where people can walk safely and comfortably.
Designing streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and persons of all abilities, while promoting safe operation for all users, including freight.
Guiding growth with a goal of fostering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for years to come.
Neighborhoods working with the City to develop a great vision for their community.
Programs connecting the community and the City in efforts to preserve and grow our urban forest.

Codes & Regulations

The Land Use Code amendment process is designed to ensure that changes to existing regulations benefit the public while meeting the City's design standards.
Governs areas of Seattle that provide critical environmental functions.
Standards and restrictions for construction and development in designated flood hazard areas in the city.
Regulates shoreline development to protect ecosystems, encourage water-dependent uses and provide for maximum public use and enjoyment of the shorelines.
Governs the use and development of land in Seattle.
Regulates the energy-use features of new and remodeled buildings.
Regulating the number and amount of vegetation that may be removed from a property.

Strategic Plans

Road transportation accounts for 40% of Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions. Seattle's transportation plans identify improvements that also reduce emissions.
Guiding growth with a goal of fostering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for years to come.
Neighborhoods working with the City to develop a great vision for their community.
Outlines how the utility will meet anticipated customer needs over the next 20 years. Seattle City Light has made a committment to meet future demand through conservation and renewables.
Urban trees do more than beautify a community. Pollution reduction, soil stabilization, and heat island effect reduction are just a few of climate benefits trees provide.
Waste management impacts our greenhouse gas emissions and Seattle's approach to stormwater management is a critical component in how we are preparing for the impacts of climate change.
A long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.
Lays a foundation for making informed decisions to meet current and future needs benefiting the public and Seattle City Light customers.
Aiming for 20% energy savings in municipal buildings by 2020.
Explains how the City will engage its collective resources to respond to a major incident or disaster.
The plan identifies actions to take to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.