Mayor Harrell Announces $6.5 Million in 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund to accelerate Seattle’s transition off fossil fuels while building community resilience to climate change  

Seattle – Today, the City of Seattle’s Green New Deal reached a critical milestone when Mayor Bruce Harrell released a funding proposal that would invest $6,491,539 in 2022 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support community resilience to climate change and increase net zero affordable housing. These investments are the first recommended set by the City’s Green New Deal Oversight Board of 19 community representatives, established by Ordinance 125926 through Jumpstart payroll spending tax legislation passed in 2020.

“We on the Oversight Board have been working for months gathering community priorities, consulting with City departments and drawing on our own experience to develop the 2022 budget recommendations.” said Maria Batayola of the Green New Deal Oversight Board. “Through these investments, we are honored to accelerate Seattle’s transition away from fossil fuels. while enhancing the resilience of our hard-hit communities affected during this climate crisis.”

“As a councilmember, I voted to establish a Green New Deal, with the goal of ensuring that Seattle continues to be at the forefront of innovative policies to reduce emissions and center climate resilience and justice.” Mayor Harrell said. “We are at a tipping point where bold action must be taken to tackle the scale of the climate crisis, and this set of investments reflects that ambitious thinking and commitment to strong, healthy communities. I want to thank City staff and community members, who have worked together to develop this set of strategic, community-driven Green New Deal investments. This is an important first step that will be followed by sustained efforts in our future budgets and policy proposals to create jobs, foster healthy communities and support a clean environment.”

Investments for the $6.5 million Green New Deal Opportunity Fund include:

  • $2.4 million to identify and develop resiliency hubs in Seattle: Seattle is facing a climate crisis, but not everyone is bearing the burden equally. Resilience Hubs are an innovative approach to help ensure communities are supported to prepare for, respond to, and recover from climate change-related emergencies, such as extreme heat events and wildfire smoke. The City is working to address community needs at the nexus of resilience, emergency management and response, climate change mitigation, and social equity. Mayor Harrell has also proposed $2 million in his proposed Park District budget for the Resilience Center effort.
  • $2.3 million to support efforts to go fossil fuel-free for all City-owned buildings by 2035. The City of Seattle has 650 buildings, including 27 public libraries, which are increasingly at the forefront of community care during weather emergencies. In addition to supporting the decarbonization of everybody municipal buildings, these investments strategically invest in providing heating, cooling, and clean air at the NE and SW Library branches to support communities in times of climate crisis.
  • $2 million to increase the number of affordable housing projects funded by the city. Investing in the electrification of multi-family affordable housing prevents the installation of new fossil fuel systems that will lock newly created affordable housing, and its residents, into decades of climate pollution.
  • $300,000 to support the Climate Data and Community Health Indicators project. As the City continues to make exciting investments to address climate change, Seattle is developing the infrastructure to track our impact. This investment will collect the critical data needed to see the full picture of climate impacts on transportation, community health and more, allowing the City to continue its efforts to promote climate justice and reduce greenhouse gas impacts. greenhouse.
  • $100.00 for community participation to inform the climate elements of the One Seattle Comprehensive Plan update. This investment sets aside funds to support community engagement that will inform the climate components incorporated into the Comprehensive One Seattle Plan, a critical effort to shape investments in infrastructure, transportation, and land use over the next 20 years.

As we see record heat waves in Seattle, floods in Pakistan, and droughts, wildfires, and food shortages around the world, there is nothing more pressing for the future of our city than investing in equitable climate resilience,” he said. Councilor Teresa Mosqueda. “Thank you to the Green New Deal Oversight Board, the staff of the Office of Sustainability and Environment, and the Mayor’s Office for their work to fulfill the JumpStart Seattle spending plan investments in the Green New Deal. We need these and more investments in climate resilience and forward-thinking, creative solutions to the extreme crisis facing our communities.”

The 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund’s investments are the first to be funded with proceeds from Jumpstart funds. As part of the 2022 budget process, the Green New Deal Oversight Board was asked to make investment recommendations of $6.5 million to help promote Green New Deal principles for Seattle. The Oversight Board has also provided recommendations for the 2023 funds.

“Seattle communities, especially in places like the Duwamish Valley, need places to go and ways to connect with each other and services during times of weather emergencies.” said paulina leitherDuwamish River Community Coalition fish. “The Resiliency Centers are exciting community-driven investments and we look forward to engaging with the City to pilot the Resilience Centers in the Duwamish Valley, where community members are experiencing compounding impacts from sea level rise, air pollution and the urban heat island effect.

“Most of the climate pollution and environmental damage occurs where BIPOC and low-income people reside.” said Patience Malaba of the Housing Development Consortium. “It is critical that Seattle’s climate investments are designed to make our buildings safe, healthy and resilient for our communities and that they prioritize job training and career development for those most impacted by slash and burn. of fossil fuels”.

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