MARCH 2016 
Mayor Murray announces Drive Clean Seattle at the Climate Leadership Conference
Hello Friends and Partners...
March has been a pretty momentous month for climate action in Seattle.  If you follow us on social media, (@SeattleOSE) you've already seen news of Seattle's new energy efficiency ordinance and the launch of Drive Clean Seattle - Mayor Murray's new effort focused on reducing climate pollution from our transportation sector. It's exciting to work for a Mayor and a city that continues to raise the bar in terms of what it means to be a climate-friendly community. And certainly Seattle would not be half the environmental and climate leader that it is without the collaboration and support of our community partners. Thank you for your ongoing efforts in making our city great. 
Jessica Finn Coven, Director
Office of Sustainability & Environment 
 
KEY SUSTAINBILITY UPDATES
Mayor Murray Launches Drive Clean Seattle
Last week at the Climate Leadership Conference, Mayor Murray announced a bold new initiative focused on leveraging Seattle's clean electricity across the transportation sector. Drive Clean Seattle is a comprehensive plan to accelerate and increase the use of electric vehicles to move people, goods and services around the City. More on the announcement here.
Seattle Adopts Progressive Energy Efficiency Legislation
Earlier this month, City Council passed building energy legislation that propels Seattle into an elite group of cities with progressive policies aimed at driving energy efficiencies and reducing carbon pollution. At the direction of Mayor Murray, OSE developed the new policies to keep Seattle on track to meet our GHG emissions reduction goal in the building sector, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan. More info on how this legislation will advance Seattle's energy goals is here. 
Calling All Building Owners, Managers & Tenants!
Please help us better understand how the new building tune-up policy will be addressed within a variety of different building operations and tenant relationships. OSE is particularly interested in talking with owners/managers/tenants of smaller buildings (50,000-150,000 sq. ft.) to help shape the Director's Rules. Please reach out to us at NextGenEE@seattle.gov if you are interested. We will also be directly reaching out to owners, tenants, and building workers to seek input as well. 
Mayor Murray Engages with Youth at Equity & Environment Initiative Storytelling Workshop
In February, the Equity & Environment Initiative (EEI), in partnership with The Seattle Globalist, piloted a series of free storytelling workshops. Mayor Murray attended the final workshop and he shared his own environmental story with 30 youth in attendance, reinforcing his commitment to the Equity & Environment Initiative and highlighting that environmental issues and civil rights issues cannot be seen as separate. More info on this great event here. 





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