October 4, 2011

Seattle sets strong environment goals

SEATTLE — Yesterday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution calling for the reduction of city greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

The resolution sets preliminary emissions targets for transportation, building energy and waste. By 2020, the resolution calls for a 14 percent reduction in vehicle miles travelled, an 8 percent reduction in building energy use and a 69 percent waste diversion rate.

Council Member Sally Clark said programs like the Living Building Challenge and the city’s aggressive energy code show Seattle is on its way toward reducing its carbon footprint.

The resolution also serves to launch the Climate Action Plan update. As part of the planning process, the Office of Sustainability and Environment will seek help to identify climate action priorities and analyze and recommend specific strategies to reduce emissions.


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