Seattle Takes a Step Toward GHG Regulation

In past posts I’ve been critical of Seattle’s progress toward mandating green development, so I can’t let this pass: As of yesterday, Seattle will require greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions evaluations for every project large enough to trigger a SEPA review. (Residential projects with four units or less, and commercial projects 4000 square feet or less are typically exempt from SEPA.)

Next step will be to establish how much GHG emissions is too much, and then give the regulation some teeth to deny permits to projects that are over that limit. That promises to be a rocky road, but one we have to get over.