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About Carbon Neutral Seattle

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In 2010, the City Council established carbon neutrality as one of its sixteen Council priorities. This commitment builds on Seattle’s history of environmental leadership including efforts in 2000 to create the first carbon neutral electric utility, and the 2005 effort to get cities across the nation to commit to meet the Kyoto Protocol targets for greenhouse gas reduction and Seattle’s Climate Action Plan.

Developing an analytic framework

The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) is working to examine the science of achieving carbon neutrality. Can Seattle achieve carbon neutrality by 2030? What would this look like? What should the City be doing now to be on that path? OSE released a request for proposals (RFP) in May, and signed a consultant contract in July to analyze Seattle’s reduction potential by emission sector, to recommend sector reduction targets, as well as establish a strategic framework for action planning.

Public dialogue about carbon neutrality

On April 12, 2010 the Council hosted Congressman Jay Inslee, Alex Steffan, KC Golden and Jill Simmons for a brownbag discussion about becoming a carbon neutral city. These environmental leaders and experts framed some of the challenges and opportunities facing Seattle to a full audience in Council Chambers. On May 27, the Council and Mayor hosted Van Jones for a discussion about developing green jobs and the green economy in a carbon neutral city.

Engaging the Community

Soliciting Ideas from the Community: In recognition of the wealth of projects and initiatives happening in our community today that are enabling our city to reach its climate protections goals, the Council has asked for ideas from community members on what Seattle is and should be doing in the next 1-3 years to continue on the path towards carbon neutrality. Groups from eight sectors: Transportation, Green Jobs, Land Use, Energy, Youth, Neighborhoods, Food Systems and Zero Waste will present their recommendations to Council at a Town Hall meeting:

Carbon Neutral Town Hall
Tuesday, September 14, 6-8pm
Council Chambers, City Hall

Help us name the Initiative! Seattle is asking for ideas from the community on what to call this effort. Is the term "carbon neutrality" inspiring? If not, what is? Entries for a name and logo for Seattle’s carbon neutral initiative can be submitted through September 14, 2010.

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