Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are changing the climate in ways that threaten the vitality, livability, and prosperity of the Everett community. The City of Everett is projected to encounter changes in temperature, precipitation, rain and snowfall, sea level, and flooding frequency. These changes will exacerbate existing concerns and introduce new challenges to Everett’s natural resources, economy, infrastructure, and quality of life.
This Climate Protection and Energy Conservation Action describes the efforts Whatcom County is taking reduce its emissions by 10% below 2001 levels by 2020. It descrbies the County's: emissions Inventory, forecast for greenhouse gas emissions , greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, existing and proposed measures, and guide for future steps.
The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) prepared the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan — which recommends actions to help Thurston County and the broader South Puget Sound region prepare for and adjust to adverse climate change impacts (adaptation) and bolster resilience. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a National Estuary Program grant for the project. The Washington Department of Commerce administered the funding, and TRPC hired Thurston County and Earth Economics as subcontractors.
The Skagit County Commissioners understand that Climate Change is an immediate problem that needs tackling at the local level. They have established a Taskforce to recommend suitable strategies. In creating these recommendations, the Taskforce is mindful that Skagit County government has no direct control over climate pollution from transportation and electricity generation. Statewide, such sources constitute two-thirds of the problem, and the County should strongly support state and federal mandates to tackle these major issues.
This Climate Action Plan is a product of the Climate Action Committee (CAC), which was appointed by the Port Townsend City Council and Jefferson County Commissioners in 2007. The council and commission set a goal of reducing county-wide carbon-based emissions to 80% lower than 1990 levels by the year 2050. This document begins to address the immense challenge required to attain that goal.
Climate experts estimate that by 2100, sea level could rise by up to 70 inches and that the frequency, intensity and flood-effects of storms could increase. People in coastal areas should understand how sea level rise (SLR) may affect their homes, schools, roads, public facilities, natural resources and habitat areas, and how to prepare for these impacts.
When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, it became clear that leadership from local government, businesses, and civic institutions is needed now more than ever. So Mayor Jackson, along with 400 "Climate Mayors" across the country, re-affirmed our commitment to climate action (see video from 2017).