Thanks to the efforts of many Shift Zero members and allies, yesterday the Seattle Energy Code updates passed City Council unanimously! Setting a model for other cities to follow, Seattle will now have one of the strongest commercial energy codes in the nation. At the Council hearing there was supportive testimony from those in the medical field, the labor community, and affordable housing community, as well as from environmental advocates and the building and design community. During passage, Councilmembers spoke eloquently on the need for climate action. Press coverage is amplifying the importance of these code updates. 
As one Shift Zero member put it, “Listening to the Council meeting I could hear clear evidence of Shift Zero firing on all cylinders, as a team of interconnected allied organizations.” This victory, a culmination of over a year of work and stakeholder engagement, demonstrates the value of bringing together our technical, policy, and advocacy expertise at the Shift Zero table. Thank you to everyone involved in the process. 

… And we have more work to do! King County is now considering similar changes to their commercial energy code (which applies to new commercial and large multifamily buildings in unincorporated parts of King County). To attend an upcoming meeting on these proposed updates (Feb 11, 1-2pm), see this link.

The Shift Zero Energy Code Team meets regularly to support advancements in state and local energy codes. If you’d like to join, contact


  • Feb 20: Cities Climate Action Summit IV: Tackling the Biggest GHG Impacts. Hosted by People for Climate Action, Register.
  • Feb 25: It’s Getting BETR: The Building Electrification Technology Roadmap is Here. Hosted by NBI; Register.
  • Feb 27: Cities Climate Action Summit V: Setting Effective Priorities, Plus Two Case Studies New York City and Berkeley CA. Hosted by People for Climate Action, Register.
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