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Reducing the Climate Impacts of the City’s Work

The Office of Sustainability & Environment is in the process of updating Seattle’s community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP). The goal of the plan is ambitious: to be carbon neutral (defined as zero net emissions) by 2050. The CAP will lay out a suite of integrated strategies in the building energy, transportation, land use and waste sectors, which will not only achieve Seattle’s climate protection goals, but also address community goals of shared prosperity and social equity.

In addition to ongoing work with a wide variety of community and business stakeholders to develop the CAP, the Office of Sustainability & Environment has worked internally with other City departments to develop the Municipal Operations Climate Action Workplan. This work plan focuses on lowering the climate impact of City operations and provides an avenue for staff and the public to track our progress in helping achieve community-wide climate protection goals.

While this version covers 2011 actions in progress and 2012 actions to be completed, this work plan is meant to be dynamic to accommodate new policies or technologies as they emerge and will be updated with new accomplishments and actions annually.