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Posts for 'Environment'

UP #379: Public Pension Coal Divestment Vote by California Legislature; SCERS Board Meeting Next Week to Hear Groundbreaking Mercer Report

September 3rd, 2015

BREAKING NEWS Yesterday, the California State Assembly voted to divest the state’s public pension funds, from coal. I have been asking Seattle’s own public pension board to consider doing the same. In support of the bill, pro tem Senate President Kevin de León said: “Coal is losing value quickly and investing in coal is a […]


December Council Edition

December 19th, 2014

The December episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Godden, Harrell and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss Downtown protests, the Viaduct, medical marijuana, cleaning up the Duwamish river, and more.  


Motion to Consider Limited Fossil Fuel Divestment Passes

November 21st, 2014

The intent is to do only what’s responsible to the pension-system and t0 those invested in it, using the most cost-efficient timing.


Council Passes Resolutions about Investing in Fossil Fuels and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30th, 2014

Today the Council voted on two resolutions that I had the privilege of sponsoring.  Below are short summaries on both. I. Resolution 31525 Resolution 31525 strengthens the City’s commitment to greenhouse gas reductions by formalizing the City’s policy begun under the previous administration to not invest the City’s cash pool in corporations and other entities […]


Urban Politics #351 – Fair Funding for Metro Transit

May 19th, 2014

Can the regressive sales tax increase in the Mayor’s proposed Metro funding plan be avoided?


Meet the Green Building Technical Advisory Group

September 9th, 2013

This Wednesday, the inaugural Green Building Technical Advisory Group will be introduced to the public.


Members Sought for Green Building Advisory Group

July 8th, 2013

The City of Seattle seeks members for its new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group. Application deadline: July 19, 2013.


Green Buildings Resolution

May 22nd, 2013

Resolution 31400 declares the City’s intent to promote developments achieving the highest level of environmental sustainability.


Affordable Housing in South Lake Union – Part 2

March 29th, 2013

After you read this Urban Politics, consider sending a message to the Councilmembers asking them to dramatically increase the City’s plans for providing for more affordable housing in South Lake Union.


New Audit on MFTE Program Released Today

September 19th, 2012

About 1 in 5 renters spend more than half of their income on rent and more than half of this group have incomes less than 30% median income.