City of Bellevue now provides a dashboard look at greenhouse gas emissions from city operations as well as across the whole community. The dashboard pulls data from resource-consuming activities across all city departments, showing costs and emissions associated with vehicles, buildings, and other operations in up to date, user friendly charts. Find the dashboard online here.
To compare against ongoing emissions, the dashboard shows 2012 and 2006 greenhouse gas emissions baselines for both municipal operations and for the entire city. These are also compared against goals set by the City in 2007, when Bellevue signed on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA). The MCPA aspired to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. The target is tied to an international treaty, the Kyoto Protocols, adopted by some countries in 1994. In the U.S., more than 1,000 cities, representing 89 million people worldwide, signed the agreement.
Comparing the 2012 inventory to the 2006 inventory, emissions from municipal operations have been reduced by more than 12 percent. This is largely due to collaborative efforts and projects by city departments as part of the Environmental Stewardship Initiative.
City of Bellevue measures to reduce pollution have included adding 90 hybrid vehicles to the organization’s fleet over the past three years, and implementing a resource conservation program that resulted in approximately 22 percent less energy being used at City Hall in 2012, compared with 2009.
Community wide emissions have leveled off from 2006, increasing by only 0.3 percent despite a growth in population of more than 5,800 residents. While progress is being made, Bellevue still needs a 22 percent reduction to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets established by the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.