Climate Change and Carbon Neutrality

Carbon Neutral Seattle

In 2010, the City Council established carbon neutrality and environmental stewardship as part of its Council priorities. This commitment builds on Seattle's history of environmental leadership including efforts in 2000 to create the first carbon neutral electric utility, and the 2005 effort to get cities across the nation to commit to meet the Kyoto Protocol targets for greenhouse gas reduction and Seattle's Climate Action Plan.

Seattle Climate Action Now

The Seattle Climate Action Plan, adopted in June 2013, focuses on city actions that reduce greenhouse emissions and also support vibrant neighborhoods, economic prosperity, and social equity. Actions are focused on areas of greatest need and impact: road transportation, building energy and waste. The plan also includes actions that will increase our community's resilience to the likely impacts of climate change.