Green New Deal Executive Order

The Mayor issued this executive order in Jan. 2020 in response to the City Council's passage of the Green New Deal. It calls for the following:

The Team shall collectively engage in advancing high-impact climate actions, including but not limited to building performance standards for decarbonizing existing and future buildings; dense, inclusive land use with access to green space; affordable, high-occupancy, electrified transportation; pricing for equitable mobility; and a fossil-free zone in Seattle.

The Team shall develop priority City actions to align with community-wide, regional, state, federal, and other actions critical to advance an equitable transition away from fossil fuels and deliver on the goals of a Green New Deal for Seattle.

The Team shall issue a brief report identifying the top 10 actions the City could take in order to achieve marked and expeditious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The report shall outline the various actions, impacts and costs of those actions, and an RSJI analysis of those actions by June 1, 2020. 

The Team shall study the feasibility of the City of Seattle purchasing renewable natural gas (RNG) for use in buildings and the transportation fleet as they transition to the exclusive use of electricity. 

The Team shall engage with local businesses, workforce development organizations, and the labor community to identify and strengthen pathways to economic opportunity for those workers most impacted by the transition to a clean economy and to ensure workers are well matched to jobs created by emerging clean industries.

Green New Deal for Seattle actions shall be included in department work plans and shall be reflected in Department Director annual Accountability Agreements when applicable.

The Office of Sustainability & Environment shall facilitate semi-annual engagements with the Green New Deal Oversight Board, and other stakeholders as needed, to deepen collaboration and partnership around Green New Deal actions and outcomes.

The Team shall work with the City Budget Office to prepare a Green New Deal budget memo for consideration in City’s budget process by June 1, 2020 and thereafter annually. 

Update: We believe that the group was convened, but operations were suspended with the onset of the coronavirus in March, and that no further work has been done. We do not have any formal announcement of what the plans are going forward. The City is conducting studies on "15 minute communities" which may eventually lead to land use changes to increase density and inclusiveness. Affordable, high occupancy electrified transportation is not happening - transit budgets are slashed and much of the SDOT funding is going to the West Seattle bridge repair or replacement. We have heard nothing about a fossil-free zone in Seattle.