Rebate Extended -Up to $2,000 for Oil Heated Homes!

Building on a successful promotion in 2017, Seattle is extending its Oil Furnace Replacement Program into 2018.  The program encourages homeowners to replace their oil furnace with an energy-efficient electric heat pump.  The City of Seattle has partnered with Gensco, an HVAC distributor to implement the program and to contribute incentive dollars to match those from the City. The program continues through December 31, 2018 or until funds run out.


Why should homeowners make the switch?

  • Homeowner’s can save up to 50% on their heating costs
  • The average oil heated home emits approximately 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year; Seattle’s electricity is generated locally and is carbon neutral, so converting fossil fuels to clean electricity is good for our region and our climate
  • Most oil heated homes were built before 1960 and old oil tanks have a higher risk for leaks which impacts soil, water and homeowner health
  • Heat pumps provide consistent and efficient heating and cooling for year-round comfort
  • Once a home has converted to electric heating, homeowners may be eligible for Seattle City Light window and insulation rebates


What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Home is in the city of Seattle and is an existing single-family residence (1-4 units), or townhouse. (Multifamily units and new construction do not qualify.)
  • The current primary heating source for the home is oil heat and the oil furnace is in working condition.
  • Installation must be performed by a participating contractor listed on NoMoreOilHeat.com


How to Participate
Homeowners should visit www.NoMoreOilHeat.com for details and to access the list of participating contractors.  Financing is available from Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, with a convenient loan repayment option on Seattle City Light electric bills.

If you have additional questions not addressed by the website, please contact Christine Bunch, Christine.bunch@seattle.gov, 206-615-1633.

Results of Seattle Resilience Survey

As part of our early work in developing the Seattle Resilience Strategy, the Seattle Resilience Team distributed a survey to get a sense of what the community felt were our most pressing challenges as a city. The survey was open for nearly a month and garnered over 1600 responses online. Additional in-language responses were also collected via Seattle’s Community Liaisons who engaged residents who spoke Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Korean and Vietnamese. The top level results were as follows:

  • Over 40% of respondents identified Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation Activities as the answer to the question “What do you love most about Seattle?”  Other popular responses to that question were Seattle’s Progressive Values and Vibrant Neighborhoods.
  • Affordability/Income Inequality and Homelessness were the main responses when asked what Seattle’s main challenges today are, with 80% and 57% of participants respectively. Transportation infrastructure and racial inequity were also frequent responses.
  • When thinking about the future, participants viewed environmental concerns (climate change, sea level rise, natural disasters, and disaster preparedness) and how Seattle will respond to growth (gentrification, housing, infrastructure) as future challenges.
  • Non-profit organizations and friends and family are who participants often turn to when experiencing hard times. Resources that would be helpful that are not currently available to participants are community connections, financial or job assistance, and access to mental health care.

Thanks to all who participated in the survey. The Seattle Resilience work continues to move forward. We’ll be posting updates on the Resilient Seattle website and there will be more opportunities to get engaged in this work in early 2018.

City of Seattle and King Conservation District announce $391,000 in funding for environmental justice and natural resource improvement projects

The City of Seattle and the King Conservation District have partnered to award funding for projects that advance environmental justice along with improving natural resources in Seattle. Seven community organizations were awarded grants ranging from $13,000 to $75,000 for projects that will be launched in 2018. A total of $391,000 was awarded.

The King Conservation District and the City of Seattle have worked together since 1995 to fund projects that support water quality, soil protection, ecosystem restoration, and urban agriculture within city boundaries. In 2017 the program guidelines and criteria were expanded to reflect Seattle’s deepening commitment to environmental justice. Project proposals were required to address the goals of the Seattle Equity & Environment Agenda as well as natural resource priorities. The Office of Sustainability and Environment coordinates the City’s involvement in the program.

“The 2017 project awards demonstrate a significant shift in our approach,”  said Jessica Finn Coven, the director of the Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment. “This year, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, Native Americans, youth, or people with low incomes are the leaders or partners on all of the funded projects. We appreciate the partnership of the King Conservation District in implementing our shared goal to resource those most-affected by environmental injustices to lead on the solutions.”

Bea Covington, King Conservation District Executive Director, said “Our partnership with the City of Seattle brought an equity and social justice lens to awarding KCD funds, providing a living example of how effective collaboration leads to better outcomes for everyone.”

The organizations receiving funding and their proposed projects are:

  • Na’ah Illahee Fund: Native Food Systems Initiative to plant, grow, harvest, prepare, and deliver a mix of vegetables and native plants to urban Natives in need across Seattle, as well as year-round, culturally relevant education and outreach events for the Seattle urban Native American community.
  • Sustainable Seattle: Fairview Christian School Depave and Rain Garden Project (Phase 1) will remove asphalt and install a series of three connected rain gardens to treat storm water from the roof of Fairview School. The project will teach the school and greater community about stormwater, climate resilience, and children’s health benefits of green infrastructure.
  • Chinese Information & Service Center: Green Life – Green Family – Green Community will raise awareness, deepen knowledge and change behaviors about promote water conservation, growing vegetables, and community environmental issues among Chinese immigrants through of all ages.
  • InterIm CDA: The WILD Youth Program will build equity in the field of environmental justice and support youth in gaining marketable skills for future careers.
  • Seattle Parks Foundation: The Greening Concord Field and Garden project will convert an underutilized outdoor area at Concord International Elementary School into pollinator gardens and add trees. It will be a significant green resource in a culturally-diverse neighborhood that disproportionately lacks access to healthy open spaces.
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition: Rainier Beach Community Farm Stands will provide youth with job and leadership skills and increase access to fresh, locally grown food while supporting King County farms.
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service: New Beginning for the Seattle Community Farm will actively steward the Seattle Community Farm while engaging in meaningful engagement with our youth and immigrant and refugee communities around the Farm, and developing a long-term farm plan.

 

 

 

 

Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board Meeting – Nov 2

The next Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board Meeting is Thursday, November 2.

WHAT: Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017

WHERE: Seattle City Hall, 7th Floor, Historical Room, 601 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Click link below to view agenda:
SBTBoard_Meeting_Agenda_11.02.2017

The Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board was established by the City Council (Ordinance 125324) to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on programs and activities supported by the tax revenue.

 

Building Seattle’s Resilience

Click the image to share your thoughts in a 5-minute survey. This survey will provide critical guidance to our work

Seattle is known for its progressive policies, stunning natural environment, a thriving economy, and an overall high quality of life. However, we also share same urban challenges of other large cities including significant racial disparities around housing, economic opportunity, education, and public health. Our rapid pace of our growth threatens to amplify these disparities.

Additionally, Seattle sits on and is near several seismic faults that have historically been the epicenter of catastrophic earthquakes. We rely on the abundant rainfall and snowpack to provide safe drinking water and affordable, clean hydroelectric power. However, climate change will impact these resources and also increases the risk of serious flooding.

In order to continue to thrive in the face of ongoing stressors as well as in the instance of catastrophic events, Seattle must build and grow our resilience. In partnership with the 100RC–Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation–we have launched an effort to develop a robust resilience assessment and a corresponding strategy to that will build on our strengths and shore up our gaps. This work will examine and answer the question:

How can Seattle continue to thrive amidst ongoing urban challenges, prepare for sudden shocks and catastrophic events, and create opportunities for all residents to enjoy a prosperous, healthy, and high quality of life?