Retake the right-of-way policy

Excerpts I wrote for mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston: …Right-of-ways—usually that random grassy space typically between a sidewalk edge and the curb all the way to the same thing on the other side of the street—take up 26% of Seattle’s land. A quarter! Most of it isn’t space taken up for people, it’s space weContinue reading “Retake the right-of-way policy”

Paint bus and bike lanes policy

Excerpts I wrote for Seattle mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston’s “Paint The Town Red And Green” campaign policy proposal: …Bus-only lanes are significantly more effective when they have their own dedicated space and are clearly painted as such. Data compiled by the US Office of Transportation Operations on all urban, red bus-only lanes shows thatContinue reading “Paint bus and bike lanes policy”

Parking reform policy

The following are excerpts of what I wrote for Andrew Grant Houston’s Parking Reform policy: In a city of roughly 750,000 people, Seattle has at least 1.6 million parking spaces. And they’re worth approximately $35.8 billion, with a B. The cost really adds up when we take into account all the carbon-intensive cement that goesContinue reading “Parking reform policy”

Personal efforts during the 2021 legislative session

I encourage folks to join in supporting and/or sharing and tracking these legislative efforts as well! In my work capacity at Sierra Club, I push for, and align with: a Clean Fuels Standard (HB 1091) Healthy Homes & Clean Buildings (HB 1084 / SB 5093) the Healthy Environment for All, or HEAL, Act (SB 5141)Continue reading “Personal efforts during the 2021 legislative session”

Most things are made, but for whom?

People typically accept things as they are. When we see a road, a home, a park, a restroom, we don’t wonder why they’re there—or think about why they’re not. This is particularly true when we lack the cultural and historical knowledge of oppression embedded in our lives to ask why.  Looking deeper, nearly everything aroundContinue reading “Most things are made, but for whom?”

As with all else, the climate crisis and COVID-19 intertwine

Art by Mike Nicholsen As our communities confront the reality of COVID-19 and a recession, there is increasing clarity that low-income people and communities of color face both disportionately high rates of illness and death from the virus, and greater financial vulnerability. But our ability to meet the severe challenge of this moment is hamperedContinue reading “As with all else, the climate crisis and COVID-19 intertwine”

Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition

By Jesse Piedfort, Chapter Director of the Washington State Chapter and Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach and Development Coordinator The 2020 legislative session saw important climate advocacy for Washington State. The brief 60-day session resulted in the passage of some important bills, but also some significant disappointments.  We pushed for bills in Olympia that would help reduceContinue reading “Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition”

Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard

There was large turnout early March and hundreds testifying–most of which sparked by the conservative group Timber Unity and, some speculate, astroturfing. They filled the capitol and overflow parking with many semi trucks. My spoken testimony for the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter, signing in pro for HB 1110 in the Senate Transportation Committee: InContinue reading “Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard”

King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony

My testimony spoken to the King County Council’s Mobility & Environment Committee in February 2020 on behalf of the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter: “Hello, my name is Kelsey Hamlin. I’m here today representing Sierra Club Washington to talk about the Transportation Benefit Districts with you all as you start that conversation. I was actuallyContinue reading “King County Transportation Benefit Districts Testimony”

Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal

By Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach & Development Coordinator Two weeks ago, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released an Executive Order (EO) outlining the city’s next steps in implementing a Seattle Green New Deal (SGND). You can find our response to the news in our Jan. 8 press release. Of particular interest: Mayor Durkan committed all new cityContinue reading “Recap: Seattle’s recent moves on building electrification in a Green New Deal”