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April 2020


Hello Friends and Partners -

In looking at the calendar, it’s hard to believe that the COVID-19 crisis hit Seattle just a little over three weeks ago. I know I’m not the only one that feels like it’s been at least one thousand days since our world shifted. But even amid these trying times, I am inspired by the amazing acts of generosity and kindness I see every day. Seattleites have come together in big and little ways to make a difference and that has been so sustaining for me, and I hope for you as well. We're all in this together and we will get through this together. 

This month will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Typically, people all over world come together on April 22 in celebration, action, and activism on behalf of improving and protecting our natural resources and making the world a better place. Earth Day will feel very different this year. But the underlying motivation that connects those of us that recognize Earth Day—improving the lives of people and the planet—is stronger than ever. 

Jessica Finn Coven, Director 
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment

Other City News

Mayor Durkan Announces New #SupportSeattleSmallBiz Map to Help Residents Find Small Businesses Providing Takeout or Delivery in their Neighborhoods Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the City of Seattle’s new #SupportSeattleSmallBiz map, which helps residents find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. (more)

Mayor Durkan To Issue Emergency Order to Fund Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers for More Than 700 Children: Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced she will issue an Emergency Order later today to allow the City of Seattle to fund emergency childcare for essential workers including health care professionals, first responders and grocery store workers. (more)

To Ease Financial Impacts of COVID-19, Mayor Durkan Signs Emergency Order to Temporarily Halt Evictions of Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations: The order’s temporary moratorium on small business and nonprofit tenant evictions is effective immediately for any action related to the non-payment of rent or due to the expiration of the lease’s term during the moratorium. (more)

City of Seattle to Provide Immediate Rent Relief for Nonprofit and Small Business Tenants: Mayor Durkan announced today that the City of Seattle will provide $400,000 in rent relief to arts and cultural and other nonprofits, small businesses, and artists’ studios that are located on City-owned facilities. (more)

Now More Than Ever, We Need Your Help to #SupportSeattleSmallBiz: Post pictures and videos from your favorite Seattle restaurants, bars, and cafes that are doing delivery, to-go, and drive-through with #SupportSeattleSmallBiz and #WeGotThisSeattle. (more)

Mayor's Arts Recovery Package to Support Creative Workers and Arts and Cultural Organizations Impacted by COVID-19: The investment is a combination of funding strategies designed to help the arts and culture sector through direct grants to organizations and creative workers most impacted by this crisis. (more)

COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants: This guide will assist immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this COVID-19 outbreak. (more)

Emergency Food Vouchers to Support Those in Need During COVID-19: The City of Seattle is contributing $5 million to provide emergency food vouchers to approximately 6,250 families in need. (more)