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. 

Goals and Targets for the Plan

Staff have recently completed an initial phase of public engagement, best practices research, and analysis and have compiled a set of recommendations for the overarching goals and targets for the updated Environmental Stewardship Plan for presentation to the Bellevue City Council on Tuesday November 12. 

Recommendations for Goals and Targets

Phase 1 Outreach Summary

Get Involved

The planning process will include community engagement to hear from residents and stakeholders about their priorities and concerns for the updated plan. Check out to learn more about engagement opportunities.

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.

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

November 12, 2019: Environmental Stewardship Plan Updated: Recommended Goals and Targets

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

February 19, 2019: ESI Progress Report 

November 13, 2018: ESI Strategic Plan Update Proposed Workplan

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

One of the first steps for the update of the Environmental Stewardship Plan, is to review our progress and our goals and targets. Some of Bellevue's environmental targets are out of date and in some cases there is an opportunity to add a new goal or target, to provide a more complete framework for the updated Environmental Stewardship Plan. 

Staff performed an initial assessment of Bellevue's environmental goals and targets, which is summarized in the report, Initial Review of Goals and Targets. 


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