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Posted on: February 16, 2023

Eastside Climate Challenge Extended Into 2023

Easy Opportunities for Eastside Residents to Take Action on Climate Change


Redmond, WA – Community members in the cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Mercer Island are invited to join the 2023 Eastside Climate Challenge, a joint campaign providing residents and organizations with new and exciting opportunities to learn about climate change solutions so they can help achieve regional climate action goals.

Approximately 40% of community emissions come from basic household activities like heating, energy use, and waste production. Individual household actions are essential to achieve the Eastside cities’ sustainability goals and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50% by 2030.

“Through the Climate Action Challenge, Redmond residents can work together as a community to take individual climate actions and make our city a more sustainable and resilient place,” said Redmond Mayor Angela Birney.

Nearly 500 homes are already participating in the challenge and have jointly reduced almost 140 tons of carbon emissions. The 2023 challenge aims to double engagement and will highlight monthly topics and provide community members and organizations with exciting opportunities to learn about climate change solutions.

The 2023 Eastside Climate Challenge will extend through the end of the year, with special opportunities and programming offered through June 2023 to:

  • Discover simple, affordable actions to save money, energy, water, and reduce waste.
  • Focus on monthly topics like home energy, food and waste, and water to guide community members' efforts.
  • Connect with other Eastside residents committed to a climate-friendly future for our communities.
  • Attend community discussions, webinars, and events to engage with other participants and experts in the field.
  • Earn prizes to support a sustainable lifestyle by participating and completing actions.

Whether community members live in a house or apartment, own or rent, there are affordable actions everyone can take to make a positive impact. With federal, state, and local incentives becoming available in 2023, now is the time for households to act to save even more.

The Eastside Climate Challenge is a great way to make a difference and discover new opportunities to take climate action and build strong, connected communities. Community members are invited to join the Eastside Climate Challenge today by visiting RedmondClimateChallenge.org.

About: The Eastside Climate Challenge first launched in April 2022, as a partnership between the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Redmond and the nonprofit organization Community Climate Solutions (CCS). CCS is a California-based nonprofit that provides cities with an online tool to help their communities learn about climate solutions and take action.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager
jesmith@redmond.gov, 425-556-2448 

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