March 2013

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OpenHouseCity Hall Open House - Saturday, April 6
Mayor McGinn meeting with some young constituents at last year's open house. 

Join Mayor Mike McGinn, City Council and City Attorney Pete Holmes on Saturday, April
6 for the City Hall Open House. Every city department will be staffing a table and this is a great opportunity for residents to connect with city staff and elected officials in a more casual environment. The Open House will have entertainment, food and the opportunity to adopt some lovable furry critters! 
City Hall Open House - Saturday, April 6
10 am - 2 pm
Seattle City Hall - 601 Fifth Ave
(enter through 5th ave. doors) 
GSIAmbitious New Goal for Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Mayor McGinn, with Councilmember O'Brien and SDOT Director Peter Hahn

On Wednesday, March 6, Mayor McGinn announced a new goal for managing Seattle's polluted stormwater runoff by using natural drainage systems rather than traditional pipe and tank systems. The Mayor's executive order - among the first of its kind in the nation establishes a citywide goal of 700 million gallons of stormwater annually managed through green stormwater infrastructure by 2025 and directs the Office of Sustainability & Environment to lead a city-wide process to develop a coordinated approach to significantly increase the use of natural drainage systems.  


Hundreds of millions of gallons of polluted stormwater runoff flow into Seattle's creeks, lakes, and Puget Sound every year - runoff that contains bacteria from sewage overflows and toxins like petro-chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals from our yards and cars. Green stormwater infrastructure helps prevent this pollution by slowing the runoff and using natural systems to filter and clean the water close to where it falls as rain. For more information on OSE's work on green stormwater infrastructure, contact Pam Emerson206.386.4145.

CPWCreating Green Jobs & Reducing Carbon Emissions

Community Power Works logoCommunity Power Works is a pilot program designed to test the proposition that we can make meaningful progress on climate change while driving economic growth. Nearly three years into it, the results are resounding. In his State of the City address, Mayor McGinn touted Community Power Works for "creating green jobs and reducing carbon emissions."


To date, Community Power Works has generated local economic growth by creating over 147,800 hours of work performed by 940 people, including nearly 750 contractors and energy auditors. The program's upgrades will eliminate more than 92,650 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to taking more than 16,440 cars off the road for an entire year.


As the pilot phase of the program winds down, Community Power Works is on track to exceed its ambitious goals across the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors. More than 2,030 families are enjoying more comfortable, energy efficient homes because of Community Power Works upgrades, including 990 projects funded through a collaboration with HomeWise, the City's low-income weatherization program. Homeowners are projected to see average energy savings of 30%, with nearly 100 homes seeing savings over 50%, and some saving up to 80%.  
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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 - contact Sara Wysocki.