Seattle Climate Protection Initiative: Progress Report 2009

The 2009 Climate Protection Initiative Progress Report details Seattle's numerous environmental and smart growth programs such as bicycle and pedestrian improvements, new transit options, electric car infrastructure, conservation efforts and green building programs. In addition to reducing the city's contribution to global warming, Seattle will also prepare for climate change by ensuring that its infrastructure, facilities, and services are ready to adapt to the projected impacts of climate change. The report's page on adaptation reviews efforts to conserve water in anticipation of a reduction in snow pack, and highlights the creation of sea-level rise maps for use by city officials in future planning.

The first Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Seattle was completed in 2006 (See: http://www.seattle.gov/archive/climate/docs/SeaCAP_plan.pdf).  While the CAP highlighted work being done in the water and energy sector, it recognized the need for a citywide adaptation strategy and indicated this strategy would be complete in 2007. This 2009 Climate Action Plan progress report is the first to include references to adaptation efforts.

Publication Date: 2009

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  • City of Seattle, Washington

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