What is SEEP?

Executive Order 20-01 created the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) Office. SEEP works with state agency partners to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate toxic materials from state agency operations. 

What does the SEEP Office do?

  • Supports and guides state agency efforts related to electric vehicles (EVs), energy-efficient and zero energy facilities, sustainable purchasing and clean electricity.
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities to fund cost-effective improvements in state agency environmental performance.
  • At the direction of Gov. Inslee, the SEEP Office and Governing Council are pursuing opportunities to reduce the amount of single-use plastics purchased and used in state government operations.

Visit the Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings webpage and sign up for Updates to be added to the new EE&S email list. 

SEEP Updates

New State Project Improvement Grant

Available to projects at state-owned facilities funded under the 2019–21 Capital Budget, the State Project Improvement (SPI) Grant program is part of the Energy Retrofits for PPublic Buildings Program and was formerly known as the Minor Works Grant or the Energy Enhancement Grant. This program has been developed in partnership with SEEP.

Phase 1 Applications for the State Project Improvement (SPI) Grant were due by September 6, and have been reviewed. Eligible Phase 1 applicants were invited to submit Phase 2 Applications on September 30.

Visit the SPI Program webpage to learn more.

Inslee announces largest-ever purchase of green power for state operations 

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that eight state agencies will purchase over one hundred million kWh of electricity by 2021 from wind and solar projects built in Washington state.

Overall, the purchase represents nearly one-quarter of the electricity demand required for state agency operations which is enough electricity to power more than 6,000 homes. Participating in one or both programs is estimated to save agencies more than $15,000 per year on their electricity bills and reduce emissions by 22,000 metric tons per year.

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