June 2012 
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CAPDraft Climate Action Strategies Released  
Last fall, the City convened Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to recommend a suite of greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the transportation, land use, building energy and waste sectors. Those groups wrapped up their work last month and their draft recommendations can be found here.  
Staff are available to come out to your community group and talk in more detail about the draft recommendations. Comments on these recommendations are encouraged. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your community group, please contact Sara Wysocki.
CPWCommunity Power Works Saves You $$ and Energy! 

Community Power Works is an innovative pilot program testing new models for energy efficiency in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors. Here are some recent examples of how we are engaging the community and creating lasting environmental and economic benefits:

  • Over 2,000 homeowners have signed up for home energy upgrades through Community Power Works for Home.
  • Community Power Works for Small Business completed its first energy upgrade at Eat Local, a local food establishment that used incentives to install energy efficient freezers, reducing annual energy use by an estimated 26%.
  • Community Power Works has completed an energy upgrade at the Washington Athletic Club, leveraging incentives to reduce annual energy use by 25%.
  • Three hospitals - Virginia Mason Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Harborview Medical Center - have completed energy upgrades of their facilities.
With several more projects in the pipeline and great rebates and incentives available, it has never been easier or more affordable for Seattleites to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. What are you waiting for? Learn more at www.CommunityPowerWorks.org.

FoodNext Steps in Developing  Food Action Plan
In March, the City convened three well attended listening sessions to hear from the community about their priorities around food and how the city can develop an action plan around those priorities. The meetings were organized around the following issue areas: 
  • Healthy Food for All
  • Strengthen the Local Economy
  • Environment and Waste
  • Grow and Eat
  • Collaborate
Here is the summary of the feedback we received. The citywide Food Interdepartmental Team is reviewing what we heard from the community, assessing  departmental capacity, and developing strategies that will continue to advance our goals.
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