Environmental Sustainability

 

I believe every Seattleite, whether they have lived here for four months or forty years, takes our role as environmental stewards seriously.

We appreciate how close we are to hiking trails and campsites, and truly value our lakes, parks, and rivers. Because of this we strive to do better, and with a deep understanding of the current state of our global environment, we know we need to do more to adapt and mitigate to our changing climate, and become more resilient.

We have taken strides locally by banning plastic bags from grocery stores, and going straw-less. The council’s current efforts to implement legislation focused on maintaining our urban canopy underscores commitment to our green spaces and recognizes the role our canopy plays in carbon sequestration.

To build a stronger city, we must continue to protect our natural resources and grow a greener economy.

As a leader on environmental sustainability, other cities look to our policies and follow our example.

I will work hard on the city council to:

  • Institute a congestion tax in downtown Seattle to offset carbon emissions and fund free public transit.

  • Collaborate with the city and county’s storm water scientists to address leaky side sewers that are causing human waste to enter our water sources.

  • Update the City of Seattle’s sewage infrastructure to ensure storm water surges are not adversely impacting our fisheries, and thus our Orca population.

  • Collaborate with city planners, economists, and other stakeholders to identify equitable solutions for carbon taxation and dividends.

  • Implement new permit requirements for the “Trees For All” program, ensuring trees cut down for development will be replaced.

  • Collaborate with Seattle Public Parks and District 4 constituents to identify green spaces in need of restoration.