January 2014
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AccompEnvironmental Accomplishments of 2013
The mission of the Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is to deliver cutting-edge policies and effective programs to address Seattle's environmental challenges while creating vibrant communities and building shared prosperity. We collaborate with other city departments and the community to innovate and catalyze solutions that contribute to a healthy and sustainable city. We just released a brief report on our 2013 Accomplishments which also includes a look ahead to what's on the horizon for OSE in 2014.  Have questions about our work or want to get involved? Contact Sara Wysocki for more information. 
benchSeattle Buildings on Track for Major Energy Savings
A new report and infographic released by the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment on building energy use reveals that Seattle building owners are poised to save tens of millions of dollars on energy annually by improving their building's energy efficiency. The report, "Seattle 2011/2012 Building Energy Benchmarking Analysis" summarizes the benchmarking results of more than 2,600 private-sector buildings representing nearly 228 million sq. ft., including offices, hotels, apartment buildings, retail stores, religious and educational institutions and more. Building owners provided energy use information to the City as required under the City of Seattle's Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance. With the publication of this report, Seattle building owners can see for the first time how energy use in their building stacks up against other buildings in the city and nation. 
parksThree Meetings in January about Funding for Seattle Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host three community meetings in January to get feedback on the work done by the Parks Legacy Citizens' Advisory Committee in preparation for a potential 2014 park and recreation funding ballot measure. The meetings will be held:

  • Thursday, January 23, International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8thAve. S, at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW, 1 p.m. (free childcare will be provided)
  • Thursday, January 30, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N, at 7 p.m.

The meetings will feature a brief presentation that describes how the committee has prioritized a list of potential investment initiatives. That will be followed by professionally facilitated workshops that seek community input in three specific areas. The Citizen's Advisory Committee, building off the Legacy Plan, has worked diligently since June to create a funding package that addresses the park and recreation needs of all people in Seattle. More information on the meetings, the Legacy Plan and the Citizen's Advisory Committee is here. 


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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.