“The environmental leader who will get things done”
As Donald Trump denies climate change, dismantles environmental protections, and disgraces our country by backing out of the Paris agreement, it is clear that bold leadership on climate action, environmental justice, and the green economy must come from cities like Seattle. We need a Mayor who is a progressive champion and a principled, collaborative leader who inspires people to work together to get things done. We don’t have time to waste.
That’s why we support Jenny Durkan for Mayor.
As U.S. Attorney, Jenny was a recognized national leader in enforcing the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. She prioritized prosecuting those who polluted our waters, illegally cut down our trees, and unlawfully harvested scarce resources. In private practice, she stood up against Republicans in Congress who tried to intimidate environmental groups and foundations that sought to uncover internal information concealed by ExxonMobil about climate change.
Her priorities are our community’s priorities. She is committed to safe, efficient and well-connected transportation alternatives that reduce greenhouse emissions. She will work to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in our homes and offices. She will work to protect and restore Puget Sound because we must save one of our state’s greatest resources—both economic and environmental.
She will champion expanding our system of parks, natural areas, trails, and playfields to meet the recreation needs of our growing population, and provide an enhanced network of green infrastructure.
She understands that the impacts of climate change and the health impacts of pollution often fall hardest in lower-income neighborhoods. Jenny will insist that environmental programs and the solutions we propose are consistent with our social justice and equity values, and the benefits are felt by those in the most need. We have a lot of work to do.
Under her leadership, Seattle will:
- Collaborate with Sound Transit and Metro to identify opportunities to expedite the planning, ensure community engagement, and deliver mass transit.
- Work to achieve Seattle’s ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, and continue the city’s leadership role nationally and around the world in tackling climate change.
- Stand at the forefront of the clean energy economy and the good jobs that it is producing, while ensuring that there are pathways to those jobs for people of color and low-income communities.
- Leverage private and public sector initiatives to transition our transportation sector from polluting fossil fuels to clean electricity.
- Make good on its promise to voters of “Parks for All” to ensure healthy communities and preserve precious greenspace for the benefit of all residents
- Lead the nation in developing green infrastructure to treat stormwater and protect habitat ranging from forests to intertidal areas.
- Increase safety and mobility to give bike commuters, riders and families ease of movement and peace of mind.
- Continue to be a place that is known as the laboratory for innovative technologies that make resilient communities possible.
That’s why we need Jenny Durkan as Mayor of Seattle. She is the environmental leader who will get things done.
Ash Awad (board president, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and board, Climate Solutions)
Thatcher Bailey (executive director, Seattle Parks Foundation)
Rod Brown (environmental attorney)
Brian Cladoosby (chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)
David Dicks (environmental attorney and former executive director, Puget Sound Partnership)
Peter Dykstra (environmental attorney)
Ross Macfarlane (board member, Climate Solutions)
Michael Mann (former director, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment)
Jay Manning (chair, Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council and former director, Department of Ecology)
Dennis McLerran (environmental attorney, former EPA Region 10 Administrator and former executive director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency)
Megan Owen (board member, NW Energy Coalition)
Eileen V. Quigley (director, Clean Energy Transition)
Ron Sims (former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Stephanie Solien (vice chair, Puget Sound Partnership and board member, Washington Environmental Council)
Amy Solomon (former program officer, Bullitt Foundation)
*The signers of this letter are endorsing Jenny Durkan for Mayor as individuals. Any affiliations are for identification purposes only.