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LOCAL ADVOCACY
Support King County Code Update
Following the successful adoption of Seattle's commercial energy code update, King County is proposing similar improvements to their commercial energy code, which covers unincorporated parts of the county. Draft codes, including a plain language summary of the proposed updates, can be found on the King County website.
 
We encourage organizations to send supportive comments: 
Tacoma Fossil Fuel Free Resolution
The Tacoma City Council will be considering a resolution committing the city to build new municipal buildings fossil-fuel free and calling for an impact assessment of citywide electrification. The resolution will likely be voted on by the full Council on April 20. 
  • Live or work in Tacoma? Send emails in support of the fossil fuel free resolution to Tacoma City Councilmembers with this link.
  • Offer public comment on April 20. Reach out to Deepa Sivarajan at Climate Solutions for details and talking points: deepa.sivarajan@climatesolutions.org.
STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
The state legislative session is nearing the end, with the regular session set to end April 25. By that time, the legislature needs to have passed a capital budget and an operating budget. Most work on policy bills needs to be done by April 11.
 
Shift Zero Bills of Interest
  • HB 1280 | This bill would require, when public agencies are designing major facilities, that they consider all-electric buildings as one of the design options.
  • HB 1050 | This bill would reduce and manage the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and establish a preference in state procurement for recycled refrigerants.
  • SB 5141 | HEAL Act - This bill would define ‘environmental justice’ in state law and outline how agencies should consider community needs and environmental justice in their work.
    • Passed out of House Appropriations, in House Rules. Contact your Representatives to let them know of your support and tell them keep the HEAL Act strong.
  • HB 1099 | This bill would update the state’s Growth Management Act to include climate as an element.
    • Despite momentum, HB 1099 did not make it out of the Senate Transportation Committee last week, but the coalition of supporters isn’t done yet. Things are going to be moving quickly this week ahead of the Senate cutoff, so please stay tuned for more action alerts over the next week, and follow updates from Futurewise.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


New Code Trainings
The 2018 Washington State Energy Code went into effect February 1, 2021. BetterBuiltNW has produced a series of on-demand training videos, Chasing Opportunities in the Washington Energy Code. The videos take a deep dive into the new requirements, focusing on the following:
  • Efficient Building Envelope Options
  • Build Tight & Ventilate Right
  • H/AC System Inside Options
Watch the videos anytime on BetterBuiltNW’s Youtube Channel. For additional training opportunities on WSEC-R, visit the WSU Energy Program website.
 

Serve on Seattle’s Green New Deal Oversight Board
The City of Seattle is seeking representatives who are passionate about advancing an equitable transition to a clean energy economy, centering frontline communities and workers most impacted by climate change, to join the Green New Deal Oversight Board. Apply by April 16
 

Job Opportunities
  • Buildings and Energy Advisor, City of Seattle. More info.
  • Climate and Energy Project Manager, RE Sources. More info
  • Senior Campaign Representative - Building Electrification/Gas Free Buildings, Sierra Club. More info.
  • Project Manager - Spark Northwest. More info.

WHAT WE'RE READING



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Apr 17-18: Green Home Tours and Talks, Sustainable Connections. More info
  • Apr 21: Tune Ups for Clean Buildings, from WSU Energy Program. Register.
  • May 1, 8, 15: Northwest Green Home Virtual Tour
  • Ongoing: Earth Advantage's Sustainable Homes Professional training. New online, on-demand format for the entire NW region. Register.
  • Ongoing: Chasing Opportunities in the Washington Energy Code, Watch the videos anytime on BetterBuiltNW’s Youtube Channel.
Conferences
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