CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEAHAWKS!                                                               February 2014
In this issue:
  • OSE Launches Community Climate Forums
  • Recruiting New Tree Ambassadors
  • Accepting Applications for New Parklets
  • New OSE Website Launched

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Join Seattle's Climate Action Conversation
Feb 25 Forum Agenda
  1. Welcome Remarks by Councilmembers Mike O'Brien and Sally Bagshaw 
  2. Brief overview of the Seattle Climate Action Plan and purpose of the forums
  3. Focus on SPU's climate action activies in 2014
  4. Overview of the Community Climate Projects grant program and discussion of award criteria
4:30 - 6:30 pm 
Bertha Knight Landes Room 
City Hall (600 4th Ave) 
 Light refreshments served. Please RSVP

On February 25, the Office of Sustainability & Environment is launching a quarterly forum series focused on climate action work in Seattle. These

forums are an opportunity for grassroots sustainability organizations and residents to meet with City staff and leadership for in-depth conversations on Climate Action Plan implementation activities and other city- or community-led environmental initiatives.


The forums will be moderated by Jill Simmons, Director of the Office of Sustainability & Environment. In February, the Community Climate Forum will also feature Councilmembers O'Brien and Bagshaw as well as Ray Hoffman, Director of Seattle Public Utilities, to discuss SPU's climate action work in 2014. 

Looking for Tree Lovers to Help Share Their Knowledge

Calling all tree lovers! 


The City of Seattle's reLeaf program is looking for new Tree Ambassadors. Tree Ambassadors are a valued part of Seattle's urban forestry network. Tree Ambassadors nurture Seattle's trees and have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and informative workshops on topics like pruning, tree identification, and community engagement. Tree Ambassadors also get opportunities for unique experiences like learning to climb trees with professional rigging and tours of local botanic treasures. Seattle reLeaf is currently recruiting new Tree Ambassadors in three project areas:

  • Tree Walks
  • Landscape Renewal 
  • Street Tree Stewardship

No previous tree experience is necessary for any of these project areas. If you are interested in learning more or applying to become a Tree Ambassador, please visit the reLeaf website today. 

parksMore Opportunities for Parklets in Seattle
PARKing Day 2013.
Photo by Josh Feit

Parks in parking spaces? That's right, and they're in Seattle!

Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing our city's public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world. 


Seattle is extending the Pilot Parklet Program and is now inviting businesses and community groups to apply to host a parklet. Five new locations will be selected for design, permitting, and construction in 2014. As part of Seattle's Public Space Management Program, the Pilot Parklet Program explores whether a permanent parklet program is a good fit for Seattle. Parklets aim to activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic vitality. Application deadline is February 28. More informatioon on SDOT's Parklet's Page.


Blog New OSE Website Launched

 The Office of Sustainability & Environment recently launched its new websiteThe website is designed to be a portal for the community to access information on the wide range of  environmental programs across City departments along with providing robust information on OSE's work areas. The site also highlights ways for residents to learn what actions they can take and any environmental incentives or rebates that are available. This website should be a community resource so take a look around and tell us what you think.   



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.