Bellevue balances its built environment with protected natural areas.
At Bellevue, a vibrant, urban core is integrated with appealing residential neighborhoods and beautiful natural areas. With planning and environmental protections, the "city in a park" has maintained a balance between forests and streams and highways and high-rises.
In June 2007, the City Council launched an environmental stewardship initiative, with an initial focus on the city's tree canopy, the expansion of recycling efforts at parks and ball fields, natural drainage practices and "green" buildings. Efforts have been expanded to include fleet improvements, energy efficiency upgrades, community outreach, and monitoring of key environmental performance trends, including greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental Stewardship Initiative Strategic Plan, 2013-2018
Environmental Performance Dashboard Up-to-date information about environmental performance measures, March 2013
Urban Ecosystem Analysis October 2008 (60 MB)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory 2011
GreenWA.org Community sustainability website with Bellevue schools and other community partners, featuring interactive maps and videos
Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance allows area businesses to share best practices for sustainability.