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Seattle Gets Even Greener with New Climate Action Plan

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The city that’s proud to be green is about to kick it up a notch. Seattle’s Climate Action Plan has a goal to make the city completely carbon neutral by 2050, and the Seattle City Council just voted unanimously to adopt it.

The city and the community worked closely together for three years to map out what would make their city climate-friendly and prosperous. The plan focuses on three sectors where the city of Seattle can have the greatest influence in reducing carbon emissions: solid waste, transportation and land use, and building energy. The plan includes short- and long-term goals for Seattle to reach its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, and the city is ready to get started.

“With this bold plan to reduce our carbon emissions now in place, we must now get to work on implementing the actions called for in the plan,” said City Councilman Mike O’Brien.

The Climate Action Plan thoroughly describes every goal and action step, and also includes an outline on preparing for anticipated climate disruptions, as well as steps residents can take now to reduce emissions. Hopefully the leadership and ambition of the Emerald City will inspire more cities to create similar plans for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

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  • Thanks Seattle for setting a good example!
    We need global emission reductions. Contact your Congressmen/women and insist they work harder on the very real problem of climate change. Our future generations are literally at risk.

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