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Record No: Res 31933    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body Governance and Education Committee
On agenda: 9/21/2020
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION expanding the requirements for the Summary and Fiscal Note that accompanies new legislation so that it also considers impacts of climate change.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Attachments: 1. Att A - Summary, Environmental, and Fiscal Note Template v2, 2. Att B - Redline Version of Summary, Environmental, and Fiscal Note Template v2, 3. Att A - Summary, Environmental, and Fiscal Note Template v1, 4. Att B - Redline Version of Summary, Environmental, and Fiscal Note Template v1
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Proposed Substitute Resolution, 3. Substitute Att A - Summary and Fiscal Note, 4. Substitute Att B - Redlined Summary and Fiscal Note, 5. Signed Resolution 31933
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION expanding the requirements for the Summary and Fiscal Note that accompanies new legislation so that it also considers impacts of climate change.
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WHEREAS, the Seattle City Charter highlights not only fiscal responsibility but also the importance of the environment with its preamble stating, "the People of the City of Seattle enact this Charter as the Law of the City for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the health, safety, environment, and general welfare of the people;...to provide for transparency, accountability, and ethics in governance and civil service; to foster fiscal responsibility; to promote prosperity and to meet the broad needs for a healthy, growing City;" and
WHEREAS, climate change is a defining crisis of our times, calling for urgent and decisive action by governments, businesses, and individuals; and
WHEREAS, in June 2013, the City Council ("Council") adopted, with the Mayor concurring, Resolution 31447 adopting the Seattle Climate Action Plan, establishing the goal that Seattle reach zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and
WHEREAS, the 2016 Seattle Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, published in February 2019, found that total greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle rose by one percent between 2014 and 2016, and that in order to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan, Seattle's emissions reductions rate needs to increase by a factor of seven; and
WHEREAS, in August 2019, the Council recognized the need for more immediate action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions through the adoption of Resolution 31895, calling for a Green New Deal for Seattle and establishing a goal for Seattle to be free of climate pollutants by 2030; and
WHEREAS, in response to Executive Order 2018-01, the Office of Sustainability and Environment ("OSE"), in collaboration with select departments, is developing policy and implementation guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas e...

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