February 2012 
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BusinessClimate Climate Action  Helps Business
Climate policies and regulations can positively affect business profitability and competitiveness - according to a report commissioned by OSE. As part of on our ongoing work on the Seattle Climate Action Plan, OSE commissioned a report to understand how potential actions to get Seattle to carbon neutral could affect the business community. The report, Climate Friendly Communities:
A Review of What Economists Know About the Potential Business Impacts, shows that the types of energy and transportation improvements that the technical advisory groups are considering for the Seattle Climate Action Plan have been shown to contribute to economic growth and prosperity for a region. You can download the entire report here.

Updates on the Climate Action Plan work - including meeting notes and agendas from the technical advisory groups - can be found here.  
Benchmarking Understanding Seattle's New Energy Reporting Ordinance 

April 1, 2012 is the deadline for building owners (for buildings over 10,000 square feet including multifamily buildings of 5+ units) to comply with Seattle's new energy benchmarking and reporting ordinance. Seattle is offering free hands-on workshops for building owners and property managers to help support their compliance efforts. Workshop dates are: February 22nd, March 14, and March 28. Drop-in hands-on help each Wednesday 11-1, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 18th floor, room 1880. More information on the workshops and ordinance can be found here. 

ComposterApplications Open for Master Composter/Soil Builder Training
Seattle Tilth is currently accepting applications for Master Composter/Soil Builder Training. The application period closes March 7. Training sessions typically take place Wednesday evenings and Saturdays at the Seattle Tilth Community Learning Garden at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford in spring. If you are interested in learning more about compost and teaching others - then this program is for you. More information, including the application materials, can be found here.  

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