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City of Seattle Announces New Pilot Program to Incentivize Heavy Duty Truck Electrification

City seeking drivers operating in the Duwamish Valley to apply for 40% rebate to apply to the cost of electric drayage truck SEATTLE (August 16, 2023) — Mayor Bruce Harrell and the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) today announced a new Electric Trucks Pilot aimed at… [ Keep reading ]

City Hall Park Restored and Reopened to the Public 

Mayor Harrell: Reopening encourages neighbors to visit iconic and restored downtown park and expands greenspace available to downtown residents and workers Seattle, WA – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined civic, business, and community members to celebrate the reopening of City Hall Park on 3rd Avenue. After nearly two years of… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Introduces New Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS) to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 27% from Existing Buildings  

Policy continues Seattle’s decades-long legacy of national climate leadership and innovation to meet the urgency and scale of the climate crisis Seattle – Mayor Bruce Harrell today announced a bold new proposal to reduce emissions for existing large buildings. Applying to existing nonresidential and multifamily buildings greater than 20,000 square… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability

Mayor Harrell Directs City Departments to Transition to Electric Leaf Blowers 

Advancing climate efforts and supporting quality of life, City departments directed to create a roadmap putting Seattle on course to fully transition from gas-powered leaf blowers no later than 2027 SEATTLE (May 26, 2023) – Today, Mayor Harrell announced a new directive to phase out the use of gas-powered leaf… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Public Health

Mayor Harrell Directs City to Replace Pike Place Market Trees with Triple the Number of Cherry Blossoms 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the City’s Office of the Waterfront will plant twenty-four new cherry blossom trees to replace the eight declining cherry blossoms planted outside Pike Place Market in the 1980’s, along with a memorial plaque highlighting the cultural significance of the trees at Pike… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Transportation and Development

Mayor Harrell and Councilmember Strauss Advance New Efforts to Increase Seattle’s Tree Canopy; Plant and Preserve Thousands of Trees 

New legislation and Executive Order aim to reverse recent declines in canopy coverage, improve equity in tree planting, and address climate and affordability issues in tandem Office of Sustainability & Environment Director Jessyn Farrell: “This is the strongest mayoral legislation the city has seen to promote tree protections and canopy growth…” Seattle… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Racial Equity and Social JusticeTagged With:

Mayor Harrell Signs Executive Order Directing City Departments to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector and Support Those Most Impacted by the Climate Crisis 

SEATTLE (December 7, 2022) – Mayor Bruce Harrell today announced a new Executive Order directing City departments to work together to prioritize and expand actions that equitably reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) within the transportation sector. Actions are designed to invest in and build resilience among communities that… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Green New Deal Wins Global Recognition and Award at the C40 World Mayors Summit

SEATTLE, WA (October 25, 2022) – Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell accepted an award from C40 Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies for the critical work Seattle is doing to advance community-driven, tangible climate action and justice through the Green New Deal. Seattle was nominated for “Building a Climate Movement” alongside other projects… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Names AP Diaz Next Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his appointment of Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz as interim Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Diaz will lead the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and advance Mayor Harrell’s agenda for clean, safe, accessible parks. Diaz currently serves as the Executive Officer and Assistant General Manager… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs $6.5 Million in 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund

Mayor Announces $2.6 Million in 2023 Proposed Budget to Convert Homes from Oil to Electric Heat Pumps Seattle, WA – Today, the City of Seattle’s Green New Deal reached a critical milestone as Mayor Bruce Harrell signed into law $6,491,539 in 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund investments that will… [ Keep reading ]