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Seattle Aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2050

Seattle Aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2050

Written by Kirsten Gibson

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a far-reaching Climate Action Plan Monday, with the ultimate goal of reaching zero net emissions by 2050.

The ambitious plan, crafted by city officials and community members, provides a long-term vision for reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions while building vibrant, prosperous communities.

Specifically, the plan focuses on three areas where Seattle can benefit the most from improvements: transportation and land use, building energy and solid waste.

“We can do something meaningful, not just for the planet, but also to create the city we want to live in, one that is safer to walk and bike and has cleaner air and water,” said city councilman Mike O’Brien.

The plan includes improving and expanding the city’s bus system, building the infrastructure to make it safer to walk or bike around, and building out the region’s light-rail system. These moves would help reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent, according to the Seattle Times.

To curb building energy costs, the plan details the continuation of projects to weatherize homes and to develop a way to rate home energy performance when a house is listed for sale.

Ways to conserve of electricity and water were identified as areas to improve upon and preparing for the possible impacts of climate change on at-risk populations, such as the poor.

The plan also includes strategies to prepare for adverse climate effects that the city could be subject to, such as identifying flood prone areas and creating land use plans that would adapt for rising sea levels.

In addition to the city council’s climate plan, Mayor Mike McGinn announced an energy efficiency initiative that will cut emissions and could save homeowners 35 to 50 percent in energy costs.

Many cities have prioritized plans for climate change in the wake of unprecedented extreme weather and rising average temperatures. On Monday, 45 mayors from cities across the country pledged to take action to prepare and protect their communities from the increasing disasters and disruptions fueled by climate change.

And in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, released an extensive climate resiliency plan last week. PlaNYC includes 250 recommendations to address the reality of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

This post was originally published at Climate Progress.

 

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5:20AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

11:31AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Hope it happens, but the clue is in the title 'Global Warming' is a Global problem,one in,all in

11:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Well, I believe if any city can do it, Seattle can. Then they can instruct the rest of the country how it's done. Please, let it happen.

7:43AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

I agree with": !!!cool why cant the entire country do that"!!!
Ernie M.
Thank you for great share and Thank you Ernie M. ...

6:56AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

If the whole US eliminates all toxins, it won't do a thing because China, India and other countries like them won't do anything. All their pollutants will just come over here. There is just no reason to put ourselves back in the dark ages. I agree we should recycle and try to live as cleanly as possible but I just don't think it will help much if we punish ourselves in the process.

6:04PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

cool why cant the entire country do that

5:49PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

IF SEATTLE CAN ELIMINATE ALL OF THE TOXIC WASTE THAT STEAMS OUT OF THE GRILL VENTS ON THE STREETS, GOOD LUCK. I USED TO WAIT FOR MY BUS AND THE TOXIC STEAM FROM THE GRILL VENT WOULD STING MY EYES...TERRIBLE. AS FAR AS WALKING IN SEATTLE DOWNTOWN, LAST I KNEW THE GANGS HAD THEIR CRIMINALS OUT WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE...GET THE POLICE DOWN FIRST. LOTS OF LIARS AND CRIMINAL COPS IN THE FORCE OUT THERE.

1:33PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

A fantastic ideal. I hope they achieve it.

4:45AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

LESLIE F: Your statement "Man made global warming is a hoax" has about as much substance as your home page; which of course is absolutely none. What kind of vehicle do you drive?

Don and I CAN! :-))

3:07AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

37 Years, That is the prediction, 2050 . This is a remarkable quest.
Best wishes on your upcoming achievement Seattle.....

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