The City of Bellevue is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006, the City Council signed on to the Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, establishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
The city tracks greenhouse gas emissions for both government operations and the entire community on an annual basis. To track Bellevue's greenhouse gas emissions, the city keeps a detailed Environmental Performance Dashboard.
Collaboration with King County
The City of Bellevue is part of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), an innovative partnership between King County and 12 other cities — Burien, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie and Tukwila — to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness of local government climate and sustainability action.
The K4C and participating cities were the proud recipient of a 2016 Innovative Partnership Certificate from the Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leadership program.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
The City of Bellevue has shown a stead decline in greenhouse gas emissions since the baseline year of 2006. As of 2015, greenhouse emissions from city operations have decreased 21 percent compared to 2006. Community greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 15 percent between 2006 and 2015.
The city has not quite reached its Mayors Climate Protection Agreement target (Resolution 7517) to reduce emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, however is making progress toward this goal despite population growth of 15 percent since 2006 and employment growth of 13 percent.
What You Can Do
Bellevue's Carbon Yeti wants to help you learn how to reduce your carbon footprint. Check out the Yeti House to explore ideas for reducing your carbon footprint and the "Smaller Footprint Pledge" book.
Here are some easy things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Recycle half of your household waste. (Save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Compost all of your food waste. (Save 3,200 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Reduce your garbage 10 percent by avoiding over packaged products. (Save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Drive less. Here are some alternatives to driving solo.
- Turn your thermostat down in the winter -- from 70 degrees to 68 degrees -- and up in the summer -- from 70 degrees to 72 degrees. (Save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Install a water-efficient showerhead to use less hot water. (Save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Insulate your water heater. (Save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Run ceiling fans in your home instead of air-conditioning. (Save up to 2,700 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Use a power strip for your computer, monitor, fax, copier, iPod and cell-phone chargers and any other electronic equipment; then switch it off when they are not in use. (Save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Drink tap water instead of bottled. (Save 52 pounds of carbon dioxide per year or 2 pounds per gallon jug.)
- Check and inflate your tires monthly. (Save 250 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.)
- Plant one tree. (Save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the tree.)