What the City is Doing
The City of Bellevue is taking steps to reduce its production of greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
In June of 2008 the city updated its greenhouse gas inventory, establishing a snapshot of Bellevue's current emissions and predicting future trends. From this inventory, it's evident that the city must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 600,000 metric tons of "carbon dioxide equivalent" (a measure of greenhouse gases) by 2012.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects
With a $1.2 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the city is pursuing six natural resource conservation projects:
- Electric vehicle charging stations;
- Replacement of 80 gas vehicles in the city fleet with hybrids;
- Traffic demand management services for Bellevue businesses and residents;
- Recreation facility lighting fixture retrofits;
- Home energy reports for residents, in partnership with Puget Sound Energy and the C-7 New Energy Partnership; and
- Sustainability Web portal, an information and education tool for all those living and working in Bellevue.
Reducing Municipal Water and Electricity Usage
In partnership with Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue has hired a resource conservation manager to help reduce municipal water and electricity usage. If you have any questions or comments related to energy and water usage at city facilities, please contact Emma Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-5246).
C-7 New Energy Partnership
Seven Eastside cities -- Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Sammamish -- have joined forces to develop ideas and solicit funding for regional projects that leverage shared resources and address shared needs and vision.
Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance
The City of Bellevue has created a new forum through which Eastside businesses can enhance their efforts toward emission reductions, cost savings and positive social impact. The Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance (ESBA) is a fusion of regional businesses, small and large, achieving breakthrough success toward sustainable operations and positive community impacts. The ESBP provides a plethora of benefits to its partners, including technical tools, idea-sharing, marketing opportunities, events, roundtables, expert advice and best practices. Contact us to get involved and be on the lookout for a website coming soon!
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Bellevue City Hall has two electric vehicle charging stations in the visitor parking garage. The city is playing a leading role in regional and state efforts to bring electric vehicle infrastructure to the area. Ecotality, in partnership with Nissan, has received $99.8 million to install charging stations in five geographical areas in the country, including Bellevue. Charging stations are set to come to Bellevue throughout 2011 and 2012. Expect charging infrastructure at popular Bellevue parks facilities and commercial sites around town.
Steady expansion of the Carbon Yeti Conservation Campaign, targeting youth and encouraging citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.
Climate Action Plan
In 2009 a group of students from the University of Washington's Program on the Environment developed a paper on greenhouse gas mitigation options for the city. City staff have implemented a number of the recommended measures, many of which are explained in these web pages, and reference the document frequently to check progress and inspire new ideas.
Traffic Signal Lighting
By replacing incandescent light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) in most of Bellevue's traffic signals, the Transportation Department has cut annual energy costs by over $188,000 and carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1,000 metric tons in 2010. The financial and environmental savings are set to increase, as LEDs will be installed in all traffic signals by 2012, LED street lighting projects are becoming more prevalent, and technology is rapidly improving.