Seattle 2030 District to Help City to Reduce Building Emissions

Picture of Mayor Jenny Durkan at COP26 in Glasglow

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced a new Executive Order directing City departments to accelerate action toward net zero emission buildings, healthy and equitable transportation, and clean energy workforce development to advance climate justice. Actions announced today are projected to reduce the City’s building carbon emissions an additional 27% by 2050.

The Climate Action Executive Order will:
• Direct the Office of Sustainability & Environment to create legislation for Carbon-based Building Performance Standards for existing commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 sq ft or larger in 2022. This standard is estimated to reduce building greenhouse gas emissions 27% by 2050.
• Prohibit fossil fuels in City-owned buildings by 2035 to continue Seattle leading by example.
• Provide options to lower upfront and operating costs for affordable housing to address the climate crisis and improve resilience as we build, operate, and maintain affordable housing.

For more details: bit.ly/3pXV960. We are looking forward to working with the Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment to help craft this policy for our built environment and transporation systems!