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." Since then, the city has implemented a variety of actions – from reducing drive-alone commuting to purchasing green power for municipal facilities. The ESI progress report outlines progress to date on the 57 actions in the plan.
The new strategic plan will update environmental goals and strategies, taking in to account the success of the initial plan and addressing areas that require more attention.
Opportunities to Engage
The planning process will include community engagement to ensure the ESI is responsive to resident priorities. This engagement began in February with the Neighborhood Leadership Gathering on Bellevue's tree canopy and will continue through 2019 and early 2020. More opportunities to engage will be posted here as they are announced.
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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.
Outreach and Engagement
The planning process will include listening sessions and other avenues for public input. All public comments will be recorded, with community priorities being integrated into the updated plan.
More details will be available as the planning process continues.
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.