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Seattle Climate Action Plan

The City is writing a new Climate Action Plan to meet the bold goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Your input is needed to create a plan that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helps the city prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, and makes Seattle an even better place to live.

The Green Ribbon Commission recommendations are now available for your review and comment.  The executive summary, the entire report or specific sections are broken out below.  Each section includes a comment form below the text, or you can send us an email.

Additionally, we are asking the community to prioritize (via a short survey)  “quick start actions” that we can implement in the near future. You can take the entire survey at once or take individual sections of the survey as you go through the sectors below.

Public Meetings: 

  • Making Building Energy Use Visible, January 29, Yesler Community Center, 6 – 8 pm
  • Connecting Transportation & Land Use, February 6, Seattle City Hall, Boards & Commissions Room, 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Open House, February 12, Seattle City Hall, 6 -8 pm

More details on these meetings.

Read and comment on the recommendations by sectorGreen Ribbon Commission report cover

Other emission sources
Waste: Recommendations from the Waste Technical Advisory Group
Freight:  Addtional information

Watch our newly released video – celebrating  Green Seattle!


The Green Ribbon Commission
To help us create the best possible plan, we asked the Green Ribbon Commission, a group of 26 community, environmental, and business leaders, to recommend actions to include in the new Plan. The Commission’s recommendations include both short-term actions that we can get moving in the next few years, and longer-term actions that will not only help us reach our goals but will also help make Seattle more resilient, equitable, prosperous, environmentally sustainable, and an all-around great city.

We worked with a number of sector experts and community leaders through the formal Technical Advisory Groups and the Green Ribbon Commission. We have also reached out to a wide range of residents to solicit feedback on the developing recommendations. Outreach to date has included participating in community meetings, targeted outreach to under-represented communities, and an online survey.




Comment from Will Baker
Time January 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm


My wife and I live in Ballard. Yay, Ballard. I saw your video, and now I know you exist. Neat! It reminded me, I was watching the local news yesterday and it mentioned a pilot program to move garbage pickup to bi-weekly, and I thought, man, I should tell somebody that I’d be really ok with that.

I’d be really ok with that!

Seriously, we could go months without filling up our garbage container. That said, we’re just a couple with no family making piles of diapers or what have you. But if you’re looking for data points, put us in the “totally fine with bi-weekly pickup” bucket. We’re from Toronto and this is the norm for us – Toronto actually has recycling pickup every week, but I don’t think that’s necessary either — Recycling isn’t reducing, and it takes energy to mash all those beer bottles into baby soothers or whatever happens in the recycling world.

Thanks for listening!

– Will

Comment from Mark J
Time January 19, 2013 at 1:15 am


We need more marketing campaigns on the ease and convenience of taking the bus, biking and walking. I think a lot of folks still believe that their car is convenient. The fact is for most short-city trips alternative transportation is far easier, healthier, cheaper and greener!


Comment from powered
Time January 28, 2013 at 2:56 am

I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often.
Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
Outstanding work!

Comment from DR. ARUN JHAVERI
Time February 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

One of the CRITICAL strategies to make Urban Climate Change Action Plan a reality in Seattle, is to inorporate the TRIAD Principles of SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – Economic Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship, Social Justice – into the everyday DECISION MAKING PROCESSES of the Elected Officials, Mayor and City Council, thus covering the Short-Term, Mid-Term, and Long-Range Impacts of Public Policy. This will provide a BALANCED APPROACH to the desired future of Seattle, leaving a lasting Legacy of real climate protection to future generations and their qualities of life. In other words, LEAD BY EXAMPLE, PRACTICE BEFORE YOU PREACH, and follow the basic tenets of Effective Leadership via VIP – Vision, Integrity, Passion. Cheers & Greetings from Burien. Sincerely, Dr. Arun Jhaveri, former First Mayor of the new Sustainable City of Burien; former Regional Manager of the U. S. Department of Energy, Western Regional Office/Seattle; Co-Author of a new book entitled “Carbon Reduction : Policies, Strategies, and Technologies”, published in August 2009; Senior Energy Adviser/Consultant; and Certified Sustainable Develoment Professional @ 206-243-2102 (home office) and 206-920-4851(cell/mobile phone)

Comment from Norah Bunnell
Time February 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I am in elementary school and in a club called Care for The Planet we have been looking at the Coal Exports and think that this website is really great!!

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