January 2012 
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NewOSE The Office of Sustainability & the Environment in 2012
The New Year brings a couple of changes to Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE). OSE will be managing the City of Seattle's Food Systems work going forward. This work is a coordinated effort to increase access to healthy and affordable food for all, promote urban agriculture, and foster the growth of local food economies. More information can be found here. 

 

The second major update to OSE operations is the addition of several team members from the City Green Building program. Since 1999, the City Green Building team has been working to make sustainable development standard practice in the City of Seattle and this move to OSE will serve to better align the city's work on environmental policy, sustainable communities and development services. More information on the move can be found here.  

 

CPWCommunity Power Works Now in Your Neighborhood 
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Community Power Works (CPW) is a neighborhood-based energy upgrade initiative that will save energy and create green jobs. Beginning in January, CPW will serve neighborhoods citywide. CPW is committed to upgrading more than 2,200 homes and businesses by 2013. These upgrades will help to reduce our city's carbon footprint while also helping local homeowners and business owners save money on energy costs so they can live and work more comfortably. 
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FridgeYour 2nd Fridge is Costing You
 

If saving electricity and cleaning out your garage are on your new year's resolutions list, Seattle City Light can help you check off two with our Refrigerator Recycling program. We'll haul away your old, working refrigerator or freezer for free, and give you $30! Plus you'll have an annual savings of about $150 in electricity costs. Make an appt. today for FREE haul away by calling 206-233-COLD or visiting www.seattle.gov/refrigerator  

 
You can get info on all of Seattle City Light's residential rebates here.  

OpenHouseCity Hall Open House - January 28, 2012
Join the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councilmembers and city staff for an Open House on January 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. Every city department will be represented and attendees will have a chance to learn more about city programs and ask questions of staff. Additionally, there will be a Town Hall as part of the day's program. Contact Aaron Fishbone in the Mayor's Office for more information. 

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The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed about the city's environment and sustainability programs, partners, and initiatives. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future issues at ose@seattle.gov.