ESI Plan Update

In 2013, Bellevue released the Environmental Stewardship Strategic Plan as an action plan to "create a sustainable city where residents can enjoy the highest quality of life." The city is currently in the process of updating its Environmental Stewardship Plan, and reviewing our progress to date and assessing additional strategies to achieve our environmental goals. 

What's Next


The next phase of public outreach and engagement for the Environmental Stewardship Plan will begin in March 2020, and residents and stakeholders will have a number of opportunities to share their ideas on the possible actions for the plan. Given the rapidly changing circumstances related to the coronavirus and advisories from public health officials, we are in the process of revising our outreach and engagement plans. 


People who live, work, and play in Bellevue are encouraged to take our survey on potential actions for the Environmental Stewardship Plan. 

Take Survey


 We held an open house on Tuesday March 3 at Interlake High School and had about 80 people in attendance. 

Due to public health advisories regarding COVID-19, we are cancelling the March 28 Sustainability Fair and Open House and the April 21st event at Bellevue College.  We are evaluating options for a online engagement, in addition to our online survey. Stay tuned for more details. 

  • Sustainability Fair - Saturday 3/28, 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center -CANCELLED.
  • Climate Anxiety Presentation and Discussion - Tuesday April 21, 11:30 - 1:00PM, Bellevue College - CANCELLED.  

Check out to learn more and register for these engagement opportunities.

Council Updates

Staff are currently scheduled to provide an update to Council on April 27, 2020. 

Stay Up To Date

If you would like to stay up to date on the ESI Strategic Plan update, you can subscribe to Alerts on the right side of this page, so you are notified when any events are announced.  You can also sign-up for notifications on

The 2013-2018 Strategic Plan was created by an interdepartmental team of staff with consultation from Cascadia Consulting. The plan addressed both municipal and communitywide sustainability. It focused on five distinct areas:

  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • mobility and land use
  • energy and water
  • materials and waste management
  • ecosystems and open spaces

There were 57 actions distributed among these five areas, along with 17 Key Performance Indicators to measure impact.

The benefits of these actions go beyond environmental stewardship. Enhancing parks and open spaces improves health outcomes while providing places to play, while reducing drive-alone rates decreases congestion. The ESI Plan Update seeks to expand upon these co-benefits of environmental action.

One notable success of the previous plan was Bellevue being awarded a four-star certification through the STAR Communities Rating System. This system evaluates strengths and weaknesses in seven areas and builds on a decade of environmental leadership on the part of the ESI. The report is available.

On February 19, a full report on the progress of the ESI was presented to Council. This report assesses each of the 57 actions included in the plan, of which 34 were implemented and 21 were initiated.

The progress report outlines successes, such as purchasing green power from Puget Sound Energy, as well as areas to improve upon in the updated plan, such as waste diversion.

What We've Heard So Far

Bellevue staff conducted an initial round of public engagement in the fall of 2019 with a community workshop, online survey, pop-up events, and a sustainability leaders focus group.  We heard from over 400 people through these various engagement approaches.  A summary of what we heard and the key themes and priorities is included in the Phase 1 Outreach Summary. 

Phase 1 Outreach Summary

Online Engagement

Check out Bellevue's new outreach and engagement hub,  Here you can learn about upcoming events, take surveys, sign up to stay in the loop, and learn about other projects in Bellevue. 

October 1, 2019 Community Workshop

On October 1st, the City hosted the first Community Workshop for the update to the Environmental Stewardship Plan. The presentation can be found below.

Community Workshop presentation.  

City staff will report to the Bellevue City Council periodically on the progress of the ESI Strategic Plan update, and to receive input and direction on key aspects of the plan. 

Upcoming Presentations

Staff are currently scheduled to present an update to Council on April 27, 2020. 

Past Presentations

The presentation materials, agenda, and videos from previous Council presentations on the ESI Strategic Plan update can be found below: 

For more information on Council agendas, proceedings and addressing the City Council, go to: Bellevue City Council

Staff will engage with boards and commissions as part of the Environmental Stewardship Initiative Plan update process.  Council has directed Boards and Commissions to provide input on the potential strategies and actions relevant to their purview. 

The following upcoming presentations on the Environmental Stewardship Plan are currently scheduled: 

For information on previous boards and commissions presentations on the Environmental Stewardship Plan, go to: 

After an initial phase of public engagement, best practices research and analysis, staff compiled a set of recommendations for the overarching goals and targets for the updated Environmental Stewardship Plan and presented them to the City Council on Nov. 12. The council expressed support for the following draft communitywide Goals and Targets for the plan: 

Climate Change

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, below a 2011 baseline. 


  • Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.
  • Reduce energy use by 30% by 2050, compared to a 2011 baseline.


  • Achieve zero waste by 2050.

Mobility and Land Use

  • Achieve a 45% commute-trip drive-alone rate for residents and people working in Bellevue by 2050. 
  • Strive to have 50% electric vehicles registered in Bellevue by 2050.
  • Reduce per capita vehicle miles travelled (VMT) by 50% by 2050, compared to a 2011 baseline.
  • Support transit oriented development and strive to achieve 85% of jobs and 65% of households located with a ¼ mile of frequent transit service (every 15 minutes) by 2050.

Natural Systems

  • Achieve a 40% citywide tree canopy by 2050.
  • Ensure that 100% of Bellevue’s residents live within 1/3 of a mile to a park, open space, or trail by 2050.
  • Maintain and improve the health of Bellevue’s streams.

For more information on the recommendations and what we heard from the first phase of outreach, refer to: 


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