Tag: carbon emissions

CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050: CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE APPROVED

June 20th, 2013

On Monday, June 17, the Council unanimously adopted an update to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan that sets Seattle on a course towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. I proposed adopting the ambitious ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal as a Council priority in 2010, and legislation accepting the goal was approved by the […]

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CLIMATE NEUTRAL BLOG POST 16: THE INTERSECTION OF FOOD AND CLIMATE

February 1st, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts).  American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate.  Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL BLOG POST 13: HOUSEHOLD ACTIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

September 28th, 2011

Much of the work on climate change has focused on making major policy or systems level changes that will have dramatic impacts on carbon emissions.  Critical as it is to change emissions systems, create new technologies, develop energy efficient buildings, or provide better travel options and renewable energy systems, most such big ideas require people […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 12: CHOOSING GOOD TRAVEL

August 1st, 2011

Increasing density is a key strategy for achieving carbon neutrality.  However, it requires a significant level of effort and planning to ensure that dense neighborhoods include good schools, parks, public safety, and many other factors that make communities work. Dense communities reduce climate impacts through energy efficiency and conservation.  They also can reduce transportation emissions […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 11: DENSITY AND COMMUNITY

April 6th, 2011

Choices about controlling carbon emissions are shaped by public policies. Carbon emissions are lower in communities that are compact and that provide access via transit and non-motorized travel among jobs, homes, and commercial and recreational activities.  New York is the classic example – with great transit connections and many multi-family dwellings, New Yorkers emit much […]

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GETTING TO CARBON NEUTRALITY: EMBEDDED CARBON

September 16th, 2010

We cannot create an authentic carbon neutrality policy without dealing with the esoteric sounding issue of “embedded carbon”. You can easily identify the carbon that results from driving a car or running a coal-fired power plant, but to really reduce your emissions, you have to dig deeper.

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