Tag: carbon neutrality

PROGRESS TOWARDS ZERO WASTE CONTINUES

August 15th, 2013

Data is now in on recycling outcomes for 2012, and Seattle continues to move steadily towards the Zero Waste goal. The City reached a 55.7% recycling rate in 2012, with record recycling rates for both single family and multi family sectors. Tons of waste sent to the landfill declined to 316,000, a reduction of more […]

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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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CARBON NEUTRAL BLOG POST 15: IT’S TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE

December 13th, 2011

In my last post, I noted that the Council had adopted the Carbon Neutral Goal with some confidence that it is attainable, and that part of the basis for that conclusion was the findings in the report we commissioned from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).  SEI was tasked with creating a scenario for achieving Carbon […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL BLOG POST 14 – COUNCIL ADOPTS CARBON NEUTRAL GOAL, WORKPLAN

October 13th, 2011

On Monday, October 3, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31312, endorsing a path toward reducing Seattle’s net greenhouse gas emissions level to zero by 2050.  Section 1 of the resolution resolves that the “City adopts the following climate protection and adaptation goals: (1)   Seattle will strive to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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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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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 10: HOW TO ADAPT

February 16th, 2011

The climate is already changing and will keep changing no matter how rapidly we are able to turn around greenhouse gas accumulation.  So we will need a strategy of adaptation to the expected impacts, which were reviewed in the previous post.  Here is what Seattle is doing. The outstanding example of the City’s work to […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 9: ADAPTATION — TO WHAT?

January 24th, 2011

The City Council’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality will take many years – and we are leading the world in making this commitment and trying to figure out how to get there.  At the current rate, it will be a long time before we have a coordinated national strategy, and progress towards an international agreement […]

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STRATEGIC APPROACHES FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

December 20th, 2010

Moving from a carbon based economy to a carbon neutral economy requires a sophisticated array of strategies.  There is no magic bullet – no single simple solution – that will get us there, and every approach has limitations.  There are a variety of ways to characterize the types of strategies – I will try to […]

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