City Light Contributes to ‘Most Sustainable City’ Rating for Seattle

STAR Communities named Seattle the most sustainable city in the nation.

Seattle City Light’s work to offset all its carbon emissions and help customers reduce their energy consumption are two of the key reasons Seattle has been recognized as the nation’s most sustainable city by STAR Communities.

STAR Communities, which evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities, awarded Seattle a 5-STAR Community rating – its highest score – for national leadership in sustainability.

Seattle is one of only two cities to achieve a 5-STAR rating and recieved the highest total score. Northampton, Mass., was the other city to achieve a 5-STAR rating.

The STAR Communities recognition demonstrates why Seattle City Light is the nation’s greenest utility.

City Light has a proven commitment to carbon neutrality: We were the first electric utility in the nation to become carbon neutral in 2005, and we remain carbon neutral today.

For more than 30 years, City Light has been a leader in energy efficiency through conservation, developing progressive programs that help customers save energy and money.

Two examples are Community Power Works and HomeWise.

Community Power Works has resulted in home energy upgrades for more than 3,000 families, while also supporting jobs for contractors that provide those upgrade services.

HomeWise offers free weatherization services to low-income customers.

There are many other ways that City Light supports and promotes sustainability, including our Community Solar projects, and a contest we’re running now, Cookin’ ’With Kilowatts.

To view STAR Communities full report on Seattle, go to

And you can see the complete list of communities involved in this effort at

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.