Seattle, WA Green Building Task Force

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Seattle, WA, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Launched in June 2008

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Three years ago, Mayor Nickels pledged that Seattle would reduce community greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, and in the long term, reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. We are well on our way towards meeting our ambitious short-term target, but we still need to make substantial investments in climate protection to meet all our goals.

There is tremendous opportunity for greenhouse gas emission reductions by increasing energy efficiency in public and private, residential and commercial buildings. Recognizing this opportunity, Mayor Nickels has established the goal of making Seattle America’s Green Building Capital. As part of his 2008 State of the City address, the Mayor identified an initial target of achieving an increase of 20% in the energy efficiency of Seattle’s new and existing buildings.

This Green Building Task Force has been convened to provide guidance on appropriate policy mechanisms that the City can employ to achieve these goals. 50 stakeholders with a range of perspectives on environmental and policy issues have been invited to sit on the Green Building Task Force and will meet monthly from June 2008 through January 2009. The membership includes representatives of real estate professionals, building operators, green building experts, low-income housing providers and advocates, historic preservation advocates, energy suppliers, financial institutions and other interested parties.

To facilitate increased participation and make best use of considerable member expertise, the Task Force will be broken out into two committees of approximately 25 members: a new buildings committee and an existing buildings committee.