Seattle City Light won the inaugural Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the state/local category, the US Department of the Interior announced today.
City Light is being recognized for demonstrating exemplary leadership in reducing climate-related threats and adapting the management of hydropower resources to help ensure that the recovery and protection of fish and wildlife can be achieved in the face of climate change. The Award is sponsored by a group of federal agencies: the Department of the Interior (DOI), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). The Climate Leadership Award was established as part of the Obama Administration’s Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources.
City Light was one of seven recipients of the new award, which recognizes the outstanding leadership by federal, local and state agencies; NGOs and individuals who develop innovative approaches to prevent changes that are affecting valuable wildlife and natural resources.
“Seattle City Light has been a national leader in working to build resiliency to the effects of climate change for more than a decade,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “City Light’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan is the most comprehensive effort by an electric utility to assess and prepare for the impacts of climate change. I applaud their work and encourage others to join in this important effort.”
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