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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Council Roundup: Exploring ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Also, Fire Department reaccredited

The Bellevue City Council Monday discussed new strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by municipal operations.

The Council's action came as the city continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a variety of actions, including expanded city recycling programs and the purchase of hybrid and electric vehicles.

The city is participating in an Environmental Stewardship Initiative, and the Council voted last year to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

On Monday, council members, reviewing a Proposed Climate Action Plan for Municipal Operations, expressed their intention to cut emissions from city operations by the same amount. The council also directed staff to include ESI actions as part of the 2009-10 budget discussions that will occur this fall.

In coming weeks, the council is expected to study specific ways to continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by city operations.

Feedback: Sheida Sahandy, Assistant to the City Manager, 425-452-6168, ssahandy@bellevuewa.gov

Fire Department earns reaccreditation
The Bellevue Fire Department has earned accreditation for another five years, Fire Chief Mario Trevino announced Monday.

In a briefing to council members, Trevino said the Commission on Fire Accreditation International announced the department was being reaccredited at its annual meeting in Denver. Accreditation signifies  the department conforms to the highest professional standards.

Under City Manager Steve Sarkozy, all of Bellevue's major operating departments have achieved national accreditation.

"By becoming accredited we can be assured we are achieving operational excellence," Sarkozy said. "And that means we are serving our city in the best way  we can."

The Fire department first obtained accreditation in 1997, becoming the first in the state and one of just eight in the world. Currently, only 127 fire agencies are currently accredited worldwide.

Feedback: Lt. Eric Keenan, Community Liaison Officer, 425-452-6995, ekeenan@bellevuewa.gov

The Council Agendas and Council Minutes pages offer complete information regarding Council meetings.

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