Climate Action Plan

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.

Seattle Climate Action Plan Development

October 2013 The Implementation Strategy is the work of staff from across the City who have invested considerable time as well as innovative thinking in moving from 'plan' to 'action' to realize the vision of a climate-friendly Seattle
June 17, 2013 Seattle City Council unanimously adopted (Resolution 31447) the Seattle Climate Action Plan.
April - June 2103 Final public comment opportunities. Seattle Climate Action Plan was discussed in Energy & Environment Committee meetings on April 23, and May 14 and June 11. The Seattle City Council held a Town Hall on the Climate Action Plan on May 7.
April 22, 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan presented to City Council. (Seattle Channel Video - starts at 43 mins in)
January 2013 Public comment period for Green Ribbon Recommendations opens January 14. Survey on quick start actions is opened. We're So Green video released to help drive awareness.
December 2012 Green Ribbon Commission recommendations released. Download entire report or executive summary.
June 2012 Climate Friendly Visuals created. The Office of Sustainability & Environment developed a series of images to show what "climate friendly" neighborhoods might look like in the future.
May 2012 Green Ribbon Commission convened by Mayor McGinn
April 2012 Technical Advisory Group (TAGs) recommendations released. More information on the TAGs, including their final reports, is here.
December 2011 Report on business impacts of climate action.The Office of Sustainability & Environment released a review of existing economics studies exploring the likely business impacts of creating climate friendly communities.
October 2011 The City convened Technical Advisory Groups to recommend a suite of greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the transportation, land use, building energy and waste sectors.
October 3, 2011 The City Council unanimously passed a resolution adopting zero net emissions by 2050 as the goal for the Climate Action Plan.
May 2011 The Office of Sustainability & Environment released Getting to Zero: A Pathway to Carbon Neutral Seattle and the accompanying technical appendix. This report explored the feasibility and technical requirements of a carbon neutral Seattle.
September 2010 Community generated white papers on recommendations for carbon neutral policies and actions. These papers were part of the initial analysis conducted by the Technical Advisory Groups.