Sustainability Plan Next Steps

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Thank you for your participation in the Online Open House

Thank you to the many stakeholders who worked over the past 11 months to create a community-centered vision for Redmond's climate and sustainability programming. Council unanimously adopted the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan on September 15, 2020, and now staff are actively transitioning to implementation of the Plan.

You can learn more about the key, near-term efforts in the Implementation and Evaluation Planning section of the Sustainability Plan, (pages 88-100), including the formation of an internal Sustainability Team and an external advisory committee.

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Thank you to the many stakeholders who worked over the past 11 months to create a community-centered vision for Redmond's climate and sustainability programming. Council unanimously adopted the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan on September 15, 2020, and now staff are actively transitioning to implementation of the Plan.

You can learn more about the key, near-term efforts in the Implementation and Evaluation Planning section of the Sustainability Plan, (pages 88-100), including the formation of an internal Sustainability Team and an external advisory committee.

Be sure to subscribe to our email list to stay up to date and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


  • Redmond Declares Climate Emergency

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    09 Oct 2020

    The Redmond City Council approved a Climate Emergency Declaration (Declaration) during the October 6, 2020, Council meeting. The Declaration establishes a goal of carbon neutrality for City operations by 2030 and other key climate and sustainability commitments.

    The Declaration was developed collaboratively by the City Council and highlights 13 key objectives, including a goal of zero waste of resources across City operations, adoption of green building standards for new City facilities and new construction, and a commitment to prepare a climate vulnerability assessment.

    The Declaration will be integrated into the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and serves to highlight and expedite key Council policy priorities as the City begins implementation of the Plan.

    More information on the discussion can be found on the October 6, 2020 Parks and Human Services agenda.

  • Redmond Environmental Sustainability Action Plan adopted

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    The Redmond City Council unanimously approved the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan on September 15, 2020. This foundational plan was developed in partnership with community members and creates a 30-year blueprint to support the City’s climate and sustainability goals.

    The plan includes a commitment to reduce community-wide emissions by 80% by 2050, with an aspirational community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target of carbon neutrality by 2050. It identifies 24 strategies and 169 actions to work towards these goals. Actions are categorized into six key sustainability focus areas – Transportation and Land Use, Buildings and Energy, Material Management and Waste, Natural Systems, Water Management, and Climate Change and Resilience.

    “As Redmond continues to grow, fostering a healthy and sustainable community is one of our top priorities,” said Mayor Angela Birney. “The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan is our community’s roadmap to preserve our natural resources and create a healthy, equitable, and resilient Redmond for all. This action plan puts us on a journey towards an inclusive future powered by clean energy, clean and diverse transportation options, less waste in our landfills, and a thriving natural environment.”

    The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan focuses on impactful and meaningful opportunities to address environmental impacts and foster resilience. The plan brings together activities and objectives from related City, community, and partner organization plans and programs, including Redmond’s Community Strategic Plan and the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), of which Redmond is a founding member.

    Council also made a motion to prepare a climate emergency declaration which will be discussed during the September 22, 2020 Study Session.

    To learn more about the City of Redmond’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to read the newly adopted plan, visit the City’s website at www.redmond.gov/1461.

  • Sustainability Plan Update - August 2020

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    Thank you for your continued engagement in the Sustainability Plan development. During the August 11 Council Study Session, Redmond staff presented the results and feedback from the Online Open House and proposed changes to the Plan as a result of community feedback. Key updates to the Plan include:

    • Increasing the Plan’s carbon reduction target from 80% reduction by 2050 to an aspirational carbon neutrality by 2050
    • The addition of multiple actions to increase emphasis on land use planning opportunities
    • The addition of an action to support climate equity work during implementation

    The full list of changes and key materials covered during the August 11 Study Session can be found below:

    • August 11, 2020 Staff Memo (download here)
    • August 11, 2020 Study Session Presentation (download here)
    • Public Comments and Proposed Changes (download here)

    Next Steps

    • September 8, 2PW Committee of the Whole: Bring the updated final Sustainability Plan to Council
    • September 15, Regular Business Meeting: Council to consider adoption of the final Environmental Sustainability Action Plan
  • CLOSED - Online Open House Launches

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    08 Jul 2020

    The draft Environmental Sustainability Action Plan Online Open House is officially live.

    Redmond is hosting an Online Open House for the City’s first ever Environmental Sustainability Action Plan. The plan covers a variety of topics from clean energy and water conservation, to green job creation and public health improvements. The final plan will reflect and bring together City and community priorities, current activities, and vision for the future. We're excited to hear your thoughts reactions to the draft Environmental Sustainability Action Plan!

    Click here to share your thoughts and ask questions.


  • UW summarizes Washington climate impact on water

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    11 Feb 2020
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    Climate change is affecting water systems in Washington, and with nearly 70 percent of the state’s population living near the coastline, it will likely affect life in the state in the coming decades.

  • How will the U.S. and Puget Sound respond to climate refugees?

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    11 Dec 2019
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    Business as usual has been harder borders, are there other ways to address climate migration?


  • Redmond council adopts community strategic plan

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    11 Dec 2019
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    The City of Redmond has adopted a new community strategic plan with environmental sustainability as one of the key tenets.

  • King County Wants to Boost Composting Market

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    06 Nov 2019
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    In 2018, around one-third of material sent to regional landfill could have been composted.


  • Redmond Mayor Candidates Focus on Key Issue: Climate Change

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    06 Nov 2019
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    The candidates for Redmond mayor have lists of top issues common throughout the region, like housing, growth, transportation. But the two are also focusing on an issue that’s not as often brought up at the local level: climate change.


  • Sustainability in action at LWSD

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    06 Nov 2019
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    The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has been named a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award recipient.