Posts for 'Environment'

Carbon Neutrality Initiative launches website!

July 27th, 2010

This morning the Council received a briefing on the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and our website went live! It’s still a little bare-bones, but we hope it will grow and soon become the hub for communications for folks helping Seattle become a carbon neutral city. In the interim we have created a Facebook Fan Page  and you […]

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Phone Book Update

July 20th, 2010

I wasn’t sure whether people would respond to my call to bring in their unwanted phonebooks, but respond you did!  People brought them in by the vanload and one at a time.  When the phone book industry representatives came to my office last week, there were over 600 unwanted phonebooks waiting for them.  Dex came […]

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About Carbon Neutral Seattle

July 20th, 2010

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.

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News from SPU – Restaurant recycling and composting go into effect this Thursday

June 30th, 2010

We are spreading the word about an exciting new ordinance going into effect Thursday, July 1. Below is the official press release from SPU. NEWS RELEASE June 30, 2010 For Immediate Release:                   Seattle Restaurants Switch to Composting and Recycling Thursday New city ordinance requires all single-use, throw-away food packaging to be compostable or recyclable by July […]

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Next Steps for Zero Waste – Join me at GreenFest tomorrow morning

June 4th, 2010

In 2007, under the leadership of my colleague Council President Richard Conlin, the Council passed resolution 30990, setting the goal of recycling 60% of Seattle’s Waste Stream by 2015, and 70% by 2025. The city has taken important steps along this path over the past two years, including expanding organic food waste service and and […]

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Thoughts on 520 and consultant report

April 5th, 2010

I wanted to share some thoughts on the consultant report while they are fresh on my mind.  Require that the state manage 520  to maintain Seattle’s standard of performance.  I propose requiring that the HOV lanes move at a minimum of 45mph during rush hour 95% of the time, and we require the state to report […]

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