Kirkland is known for its green spaces, parks and waterfront. The City is committed – through many “green" initiatives – to preserve, protect and sustain our natural resources. Through a variety of efforts, the City is also addressing sustainable development, green buildings and climate change.
Kirkland recognizes the interdependency of our natural resource systems:
- Water: Our streams, lakes, wetlands, storm water runoff, groundwater and shorelines
- Land: The soils, vegetation, rocks, geology, and topography
- Air: Climate change, air quality, microclimates and macroclimate.
Keeping It Green: City Initiatives
Kirkland's Comprehensive Plan
calls for the community vision to have Kirkland be an “attractive, vibrant, inviting place to live and work,” and to provide an “extensive park system and to preserve open space and waterfront trails and vistas.” To achieve this vision, the City has adopted guiding principals and implemented regulations that call for the protection of our natural resources. One most notable plan, the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan,
recognizes the complexity of the interaction of its water, land and air systems and identifies action items intended protect Kirkland’s environmentally sensitive areas.
The City is implementing its green initiatives using a multi-departmental approach. The Planning Department is coordinating the implementation of the NRM Plan, managing the City’s urban forest program and developing sustainable development standards. The Public Works Department administers the City’s waste reduction and green business programs, coordinates the City’s climate protection efforts and manages surface water programs. The Parks & Community Services Department is collaborating with the Forterra (formerly known as Cascade Land Conservancy and community groups on the Green Kirkland Partnership in an effort to remove many of the invasive plant species from Kirkland’s parks and replace them with native plants. Forested areas in Watershed and Kiwanis Parks are currently targeted for restoration.
Making It Green: Community Involvement
The City’s efforts can only be enhanced by the commitment of its citizens and businesses to “get green.” Special events, incentive programs, educational forums and volunteer programs are available throughout the year to help you, your family, association or business make a difference.