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. In late 2014, our office, in partnership with several other City departments, launched an Equity & Environment Initiative to assess and advance equity in Seattle's environmental work more broadly, across departments and the community.

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

Community Power Works, Seattle's energy upgrade program

  • 38% women-, minority- and Veteran-owned contractors performing home energy upgrades
  • 117 low-income loans, totaling over $1.4M
  • 240 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 program 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.