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Seattle mayor signs Green New Deal. Here’s what’s in it. – The Hill

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  • Investments in the 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund are first recommended by the Green New Deal Supervisory Board in Seattle.

  • Another $2.3 million will target the city’s buildings’ dependence on fossil fuels.

  • The Green New Deal Act will also allocate $2 million for city-funded affordable housing projects.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell on Thursday signed into law the Green New Deal Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build community resilience to climate change and increase net affordable housing.

“Over the past few days, Seattle has been covered in smoky skies and stifling air quality, with areas of the city such as here in Dwarf Valley, where life expectancy is eight years lower than the average for Seattle, especially hard hit,” Harrell said in a statement. .

“In times of extreme weather events like these, it is imperative that everyone has access to clean, filtered, and cooled air,” Harrell continued. “I am proud to sign today the $6.5 million Green New Deal Opportunity Fund, and I look forward to moving forward with further action in our proposed 2023 budget.”

Investments in the 2022 Green New Deal Opportunity Fund are first recommended by the Green New Deal Supervisory Board in Seattle.

The legislation includes $2.4 million to identify and develop “resilience centers” throughout the city. The city said this will ensure that communities have the appropriate support to prepare, respond and recover from climate-related emergencies where some bear an unequal burden.

“Communities in Seattle—particularly in places like Dumish Valley—need places to go, ways to connect to each other, and services during times of climate emergency,” Paulina Lopez of the Dwamish River Community Alliance said in a media statement.

Another $2.3 million will target the city’s buildings’ dependence on fossil fuels. The funding is part of a larger effort to get city buildings out of fossil fuels by 2035.

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Green New Deal legislation will allocate $2 million for city-funded affordable housing projects. The city said investing in electrification projects in affordable, multi-family housing units would avoid driving residents into decades of climate pollution from fossil fuels.

There is also $300,000 earmarked to support climate data and the Community Health Index project, allowing the city to see the greater scope of climate impact on transportation and community health among other things.

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“These investments are part of a total of $14.5 million for 2022 and nearly $20 million for 2023 from JumpStart Seattle that is being channeled from frontline and fencing community representatives on the Supervisory Board,” Seattle City Council member Teresa Mosqueda said at a press conference. on the Green New Deal”. Version.

“As we continue to combat the smoke of wildfires and see the impacts of climate around the world, we must make big and bold investments in forward thinking and creative solutions to the severe climate crisis facing our societies; in particular the historically vulnerable and marginalized communities.”

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