What the City is Doing
The City of Bellevue is taking steps to reduce its production of greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The city updated its greenhouse gas inventory in 2012, identifying that emissions from city operations have been reduced 12 percet since 2007, yet remained virtually equal to 2007 levels across the whole community. The city therefore has not reached its Mayors Climate Protection Agreement target (Resolution 7517) to reduce emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
City staff are working to implement components of a five year Environmental Stewardship Strategic Plan (2013-2018), which includes adopting new greenhouse gas reduction targets.
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 90 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 ESBA provides benefits to its partners, including technical tools, idea-sharing, marketing opportunities, events, roundtables, expert advice and best practices.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
City of Bellevue owns and operates 22 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city, 16 of which are available for public use. These stations, and over 50 others at commercial locations across Bellevue, are helping to significantly reduce oil consumption, greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions while saving residents money. Watch the short video Driving the EVolution to learn more about how the city is promoting this technology.
Steady expansion of the Carbon Yeti Conservation Campaign, targeting youth and encouraging citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.
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.