The City of Seattle is calling for neighborhood-based projects that empower Seattle residents and businesses to take action on climate change.
Seattle Climate Action Now is a program of the City of Seattle's Office of Sustainability & Environment that partners with community groups and neighborhood-based organizations to "empower Seattleites" to take action to prevent climate change. The city is looking for organizations, businesses, and individuals who want to help their community reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home, work, or on the road and is awarding contracts for innovative projects that motivate the public to take action. The program is encouraging participants to collaborate across groups and neighborhoods on initiatives that engage the public around transportation, energy, food and waste issues as they related to climate change.
By promoting and leveraging the impact of small-scale locally-based projects, the Office of Sustainability and Environment aims to reduce emissions and improve personal and public health across Seattle. The program cites the need for intentional design in messaging, approach, and incentives in order to build a successful climate action program that yields measurable results. The City of Seattle is also a partner in the IMCOOL campaign, which produced the Climate Action Outreach Toolkit for Cities that promotes community-based climate action and includes planning, messaging and evaluation tools, as well as templates for newsletters, emails, press releases and handouts.