Environmental Sustainability

PROGRAM VISION:

A Redmond that creates a healthy, sustainable environment for all generations and conserves our natural resources, affords a high quality of life, and draws from scientific evidence-based data.

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Objective

Achieve carbon neutrality in city operations by 2030 and citywide by 2050 and enhance the health and resilience of Redmond’s natural resources as outlined in the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and Council’s 2020 Climate Emergency Declaration.

Strategy #1

  • Reduce Redmond’s greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. 

Measures

  • CIty of Redmond Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions (metric tons).

Target


50% reduction in community GHG emissions by 2030

Target Status

Source: ICLEI ClearPath
Updated: GHG data is updated every two years


  • Percentage of waste diverted from the landfill.

Target

70% waste diversion by 2030

Target Status

Source: Waste Management
Updated: Solid Waste data is updated annually


Actions

  • Implement the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan and Council’s 2020 Climate Emergency Declaration objectives.
  • Implement policies and programs to increase waste diversion.  
  • Implement strategies to achieve carbon neutrality for city operations by 2030 and citywide by 2050, in alignment with the Climate Emergency Declaration. 
  • Develop policies and other programs to promote green building and environmentally sustainable practices in the Redmond community. 
  • Promote electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in common interest communities and eliminate barriers to access.
  • Monitor/implement zoning code rewrites to incorporate zero-emission buildings and sustainable building standards, considering the affordability of development.
  • Continue the Eastside Bring Your Own Cup Campaign with Bellevue, Kirkland, and Bothell and advance other efforts to reduce single-use plastic from food service.


Strategy #2

  • Protect and enhance Redmond’s natural resources.

Measures

  • Percentage of total Redmond land area covered by tree foliage.

Target

40% tree canopy cover by 2050

Target Status

Source: Aerial imagery
Updated: Tree canopy coverage maps are updated on a two-year basis


  • Percent of stream length with good or higher complexity.

Target

39% of stream length has a minimum rating of Good In-Stream Complexity by 2050

Target Status

Source: City of Redmond Public Works – Environmental and Utility Services Division (EUSD)
Updated: Stream length with good or higher complexity is updated annually.


Actions

  • Integrate findings from the 2022 Climate Vulnerability Assessment into Redmond 2050 and other strategic planning efforts to increase the resilience of infrastructure and vulnerable populations to climate change.  
  • Implement the Tree Canopy Strategic Plan. 
  • Protect and restore degraded streams and wildlife habitat with projects such as salmon recovery and conservation, culvert replacements, and watershed rehabilitation.
  • Responsibly manage the City’s groundwater resources. 
  • Analyze timing and implementation steps to eliminate single-use plastic from food service. 
  • Seek alternatives to the use of fireworks.