Seattle, Washington Climate Preparedness Strategy

The Seattle Climate Preparedness Strategy presents a plan to improve the resilience of the city’s infrastructure and services to climate change. Seattle’s overarching climate resilience vision is to reduce emissions and prepare for climate-related impacts while building vibrant neighborhoods, fostering economic prosperity, and enhancing equity. The strategy considers climate change’s impacts on many of Seattle’s public sectors, and suggests strategies for the city to reduce or eliminate those impacts in each sector.

Climate trends and future projections for the Seattle region are summarized, and the most significant climate projections for Seattle include an increase in the annual mean temperature, annual precipitation, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. The report outlines climate change impacts and strategies to reduce or mitigate those impacts for each sector, including: transportation, land use, city buildings, parks, drainage and water supply, electricity systems, and community preparedness.

Three climate preparedness planning priorities are established for achieving climate resilience:

  • Equity: Prioritize actions that reduce risk and promote resilience in frontline communities who are at greater risk from the effects of climate change.
  • Co-Benefits: Design and implement climate resilience strategies that advance community goals that support quality urban environments and public health.
  • Natural Systems: Promote nature-based solutions that leverage and foster natural ecosystems’ resilience.

Equity is one of the three planning priorities promoted in the Strategy. Chapter 3 discusses how climate change disproportionately affects frontline communities. The plan’s overarching strategy focuses on collaborating with community-based organizations to advance environmental justice and improve the disproportional impacts of climate change that fall on frontline communities. Some of the communities identified to be the most impacted by climate change include people of color, immigrants and refugees, people with pre-existing chronic health conditions or disabilities, outdoor workers, people with low income, and individuals with limited-English proficiency. A five-step preparedness action plan to addresses the climate impacts these communities face includes developing and applying an equitable climate preparedness planning tool, as well as fostering engagement with communities in the planning process.




Publication Date: August 2017

Related Organizations:

  • City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment


Resource Category:

Resource Types:

  • Adaptation plan

States Affected:


  • Air temperature
  • Ocean acidification
  • Precipitation changes
  • Sea-level rise

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