Climate Action Technical Advisory Groups

Seattle Climate Action Plan Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)

From the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2012, the City convened Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to recommend a suite of greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the transportation, land use, building energy and waste sectors.  More information on those recommendations is listed below. These recommendations were considered by the Green Ribbon Commission in their deliberations. 

Below are the final recommendations, summaries and rosters for each sector group. For more information about the TAG process, please contact Tracy Morgenstern.


The GHG emissions reduction estimates provided in the TAG materials are high-level estimates based on data presented in previous plans, studies and models.  Most of the actions are synergistic and in some cases interdependent; therefore, in most cases the reductions noted for individual strategies would not be realized if implemented as a standalone action.


Road transportation represents 40% of Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions. With over 100,000 new residents expected in the next 25 years, we need better ways to get around. The Transportation TAG recommended strategies that help improve mobility, access and safety while reducing GHG emissions.

  1. Transportation & Land Use Final Summary Report

  2. Summary of transportation recommendations

  3. Detailed transportation recommendations

  4. Transportation TAG roster

Land use and transportation are interrelated. Sustainable transportation needs to be rooted in compact, complete communities which in turn need to be built around a sustainable transportation system to ensure a vibrant future for our growing population. The Land Use TAG looked at how to leverage growth to foster high functioning transit-oriented communities.

  1. Transportation & Land Use Final Summary Report

  2. Detailed land use recommendations

  3. Land Use TAG roster

Buildings account for over 20% of Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions. Improving energy efficiency and using cleaner, low-carbon fuels are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. The Building Energy TAG recommended strategies to achieve energy efficiency in new construction and existing buildings, and infrastructure to better utilize low-carbon fuels. 

  1. Summary of building energy recommendations

  2. Detailed building energy recommendations

  3. Building Energy TAG Roster

The lifecycle benefits of recycling and composting instead of disposing are tremendous. Building on a strong foundation from Seattle Public Utilities' Solid Waste Management Plan, a sub-committee of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee recommended strategies to reduce emissions from the waste sector in Seattle through recycling, efficient collection and processing, and waste prevention.

  1. Summary of waste recommendations

  2. Detailed waste recommendations

  3. Waste TAG Roster