Posts categorized under Climate & Environment Archives - Office of the Mayor

Draft Plan Captures Community Vision for NE Seattle Neighborhoods Around New Sound Transit Stations

SEATTLE (March 17, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today released a draft station area plan for the neighborhoods surrounding Sound Transit’s future light rail stations at 130th St NE and 148th St NE. “Having a multi-modal city that moves people out of their cars and onto high-quality transit, is key to reducing carbon emissions, as… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Releases Transportation Electrification Blueprint to Curb Climate Pollution and Spur an Electrified Economy 

First of its kind Blueprint lays out six ambitious goals to help Seattle move toward a future where everything that moves people, goods, and services in and around Seattle runs on clean, electric energy SEATTLE (March 17, 2021) – The City of Seattle released a first of its kind, comprehensive City-wide plan that outlines how the City will move toward a clean and equitable transportation system in… [ Keep reading ]

Feb. 15 Update: City of Seattle Continues Response to Winter Storms

SEATTLE (February 15, 2021) – Response and recovery efforts continue after two winter storms moved through the area over the weekend, bringing cold temperatures and historic snowfall totals. Warmer temperatures and rainfall have moved into the Seattle metro, which could result in urban flooding in some areas as snow melts. Individuals who live, work, or spend time in Seattle are encouraged… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Continues Response to Winter Storms

SEATTLE (February 14, 2021) – Snow continues to fall across the Seattle metro as a second winter storm moves through the area, which could bring an additional 1-2″ of snow on top of the 8-11″ of snow that fell Friday and Saturday. This storm will transition to rain over the course of the day as temperatures rise and remain above… [ Keep reading ]

Feb. 12 Update: City of Seattle Prepares for Winter Weather

February 12, 2021 – The City of Seattle continues to monitor Northwest Weather Center forecasts which predict the Seattle area could see up to 7 inches of snow to the Seattle area beginning Friday evening and into Saturday late morning. Overnight temperatures Friday and Saturday will have a wind chill factor in the low- to mid-20s. The Office of Emergency Management will activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Prepares for Winter Weather

SEATTLE (February 10, 2021) – The City of Seattle is closely monitoring impacts to services ahead of expected winter storms that will bring cold temperatures, ice, and potential snowfall through the weekend. Temperatures are expected to remain around or below freezing for the next several days with overnight temperatures in the low 20s. Individuals who live,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Legislation Making Seattle’s Building Energy Code One of Strongest on Climate in the Nation

Updates to energy code would require all new commercial and large multifamily buildings to use clean electricity for space and water heating and maximize building efficiency and on site renewables SEATTLE (FEBRUARY 8, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed into law new updates to Seattle’s building energy code, which will eliminate fossil fuels for most space and water heating, increase energy efficiency, and improve access to onsite… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Expands the Role of Pamela Banks to Serve as Interim Director for Office of Economic Development

Deputy Director Michelle Caulfield to become Acting Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment SEATTLE (February 8, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the appointment of Pamela Banks to serve as the Interim Director of the Office of Economic Development (OED). Banks re-joined the City earlier this year to help coordinate citywide… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Urges Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System Board to Divest From All Fossil Fuel Investments

Seattle (January 13, 2021) — With growing concerns regarding the long-term value of fossil fuel investments, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan sent a letter to the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System Board (SCERS) urging them to divest from fossil fuel commodities and companies. The Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) stewards over $3.2 billion in Seattle employees retirement funds, and is required… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Ban Fossil Fuels for Heating in New Construction to Further Electrify Buildings Using Clean Energy

SEATTLE (January 13, 2021) – Following the State Environmental Policy Act process, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that she has transmitted to City Council the proposed update to the energy code that would further electrify buildings using clean energy and restrict fossil fuels for most building use. By updating its energy code, the City will restrict the use of fossil fuels in new commercial and large multi-family construction for space… [ Keep reading ]