ESI Strategic 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. 

Opportunities to Engage

The planning process will include community engagement to hear from residents and stakeholders about their priorities and concerns for the updated plan. Check out following engagement opportunities planned for the Fall of 2019:

Online Survey
We want to hear from you! Please take our online Environmental Stewardship survey to share with us about your priorities and your thoughts on Bellevue's next steps with its environmental efforts.  The survey will be live until October 4th, 2019 and the results will help to inform the high level goals of the updated plan. 

Take Survey

Environmental Stewardship Plan Workshop
Come join us to learn about the plan update, our progress to date, and to share your ideas and input on our overarching goals for the plan. 

  • Tuesday Oct. 1; 6:30-8:30pm; Bellevue City Hall, Room 1E-108

Workshop Registration

Pop-Up Events and Tabling
Come chat with us at any of the following events around the city: 

  • Saturday Sept 14 – Bellevue Downtown Library; 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Thursday Sept 19– Bellevue Mini City Hall inside Crossroads Mall; 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Monday Sept 23 – Bellevue Mini City Hall inside Crossroads Mall; 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Thursday Sept 26 – Bellevue Farmers’ Market; 3:00pm – 7:00pm

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. 

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.

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. 

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

November 13, 2018: ESI Strategic Plan Update Proposed Workplan

February 19, 2019: ESI Progress Report 

May 20, 2019: ESI Strategic Plan Update Goals and Targets

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


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