Posts for 'Environment'

Delta 5’s Victory ‘A win for the planet’

January 15th, 2016

SEATTLE, Washington – Councilmember Mike O’Brien issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the Delta 5 case, in which five climate activists used civil disobedience to blockade a train transporting Bakken shale oil at the Delta rail yard in Everett. The jury in the case ruled the Delta 5 were not guilty of obstruction […]

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Infographic: How Arctic Drilling Violates Our Laws, Values & Planet

June 15th, 2015

The people of Seattle are doing everything possible to stop the myopic environmental damage caused by Arctic drilling. Some critics have tried to foment a feeling of futility and kowtow popular opposition by shaming ordinary people for participating in our fossil fuel economy. But the point of the popular outcry – its very essence – is […]

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Guest blog post: The dangers of gas-powered leaf blowers

July 30th, 2014

[Note: The following is a guest blog post. Let us know in the comments or via email what you think Seattle City Council ought to do about the issues Maddy raises here: mike.obrien@seattle.gov.] Hi, my name is Maddy and I have recently graduated from my senior year of high school. After reaching out to Councilmember O’Brien […]

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O’Brien, City Council Seek Emergency Order Prohibiting Transport of Flammable Crude Oil through Seattle

July 23rd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/23/2014   Councilmember Mike O’Brien O’Brien, City Council Seek Emergency Order Prohibiting Transport of Flammable Crude Oil through Seattle First nationwide action by a City Council to call for immediate end to oil train transport near neighborhoods SEATTLE – City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and all eight of his council colleagues signed a letter calling for the U.S. […]

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The importance of preserving bus service in Seattle

July 17th, 2014

As a board member of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, I am casting my vote today in support of Resolution 12, which would ask Seattle voters to approve a funding package to help retain bus service in the City when Metro starts making cuts next year. If we are serious about our climate goals and […]

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Let’s Give Seattle Voters a Chance to Save Transit Service

May 12th, 2014

Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Mike O’Brien and Sally Bagshaw issued the following statement today: “Metro bus service is critical to the people of Seattle. It is necessary for those who cannot afford cars and depend on buses to get around. It is essential for our environment that people have multiple options for mobility and it is essential to reducing traffic congestion […]

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Seattle Women and Food Access: Learning from Women in Delridge

March 14th, 2014

This is a guest post by our research aide, Giulia Pasciuto, who has been leading a research project I am collaborating on with the Seattle Women’s Commission to better understand the barriers and solutions to healthy food access for women in Seattle.  We finally have the results from our four-month qualitative research project to prioritize […]

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Access to healthy foods in Delridge

February 20th, 2014

This is a guest post by our research aide, Giulia Pasciuto, who has been leading a research project I am collaborating on with the Seattle Women’s Commission to better understand the barriers and solutions to healthy food access for women in Seattle. Food Access is a significant problem for low-income women in Seattle. In 2011, […]

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Representing Seattle on the Sound Transit board

January 23rd, 2014

I am proud to join Mayor Ed Murray, County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, and fellow members from our region in our quest to continue developing a reliable transportation system for the tens of thousands of people who commute using this system every day. I first ran for office because of my interest in public transportation and […]

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Seattle – Carbon Neutral by 2050

May 23rd, 2011

This morning the Council received a briefing on the technical analysis of what a carbon neutral scenario would look like for Seattle. The Office of Sustainability and Environment, in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute presented their analysis.  They had three primary goals: 1)      Define the carbon neutral goal; 2)      Develop and emission reduction scenario […]

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