Climate Change

The climate crisis is upon us. From sweltering heatwaves and wildfires that choke our air, to rising seas and extreme floods washing out roads, every day we are feeling the impacts of climate change. Seattle's most recent greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory shows that to meet our climate goals, we need to drastically reduce carbon emissions from our two largest sources, the transportation and buildings sectors. 

In April 2018, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released an updated to reduce carbon pollution from our transportation and building sectors and make Seattle a national leader in fighting climate change. The strategy is a set of short- and long-term actions that provide a roadmap for our City to act in the absence of federal leadership, particularly on leading contributors of greenhouse gases: transportation and buildings.

As our city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, OSE is working to center our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities who continue to disproportionately experience these climate impacts along with decreased economic opportunity and job access caused by current and historical institutional and systemic racism.

In 2021, while in Glasgow during the COP26 Climate Summit, Mayor Durkan issued a Climate Executive Order directing departments to accelerate action toward net zero emission buildings, healthy and equitable transportation, and clean energy workforce development to advance climate justice. 

Green New Deal

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal for Seattle seeks to advance an equitable clean energy transition and prioritize economic opportunities and investments in communities historically most harmed by economic, racial, and environmental injustices.

Climate EO

2021 Climate Executive Order

Directs OSE to accelerate action toward net zero emission buildings, healthy and equitable transportation, and clean energy workforce development.

Climate Planning

Climate Planning

OSE develops policies and implements programs that reduce climate pollution from our transportation and building sectors.

Building Energy

Buildings & Energy

OSE manages Seattle's Energy Benchmarking and Tune-Ups programs along with overall building energy policy development and ensuring City facilities are energy efficient.

Pink Streetcar


Road transportation represents two-thirds of Seattle's climate pollution. In addition to reducing the miles we need to drive to meet our daily needs we must electrify our cars, buses, and trucks, and seek progressive revenue sources to support an equitable transportation system.