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Climate Change

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Climate Change | Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Energy Conservation

The City of Tumwater has been actively working on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be more energy efficient with our current buildings, equipment, and activities. Several studies, assessments and plans have been approved over the past several years and are listed below. 

In 2014, the City Council approved Resolution R2014-008.  This resolution accepted the recent greenhouse gas emission survey conducted by the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT).  It also directed City staff to collaborate with TCAT to develop and implement policies and actions for reducing the Tumwater community's greenhouse gas emissions.

The City is in the process of completing an updated Operational Emission Estimate Report for City operations and facilities, which should be ready in the spring of 2020.

Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

The Cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater and Thurston County are working with the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) to develop a regional climate mitigation plan with actions to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.  The project includes two phases.

Phase 1, which was completed between April and November 2018 entailed assessing each jurisdiction’s existing climate policies and targets, identifying mitigation actions each jurisdiction has adopted and/or implemented, adopting a common emissions baseline and target and recommending adoption of an interlocal agreement and scope of work.

The partners concluded Phase 1 by signing the interlocal agreement to work on Phase 2 of the project and each jurisdiction adopted the goal to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2015 levels by 2030 and 85 percent below 2015 levels by 2050.  The City Council approved Resolution No. R2018-015 adopting these goals in June 2018.

Phase 2, which includes preparing and adopting the Regional Climate Mitigation Plan made up of regional and local actions undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, began in early 2019 and it will be completed by the fall of 2020.

The mitigation plan complements the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan that TRPC developed with regional partners and adopted in January 2018.  The adaptation plan includes 91 actions to help the region prepare for and adjust to climate impacts.

Link to the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan project site:

Climate Change Plans and Documents