The City of Kirkland seeks to protect its natural environment and conserve its natural resources and has formalized this commitment by signing onto the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and to the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C). Consistent with the Mayors Agreement, the City Council approved Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Targets for the City of Kirkland (as a municipal government) and the community and has begun development of an action plan to meet these targets.
10% reduction of 2005 levels by 2012
20% reduction from 2005 levels by 2020
80% reduction from 2005 levels by 2050
The City Council approved the City’s participation in the Green Power Partnership to obtain wind-powered energy. The Partnership is administered by Puget Sound Energy and provides for the purchase of renewable energy to its customers through the Green Direct Program. Learn more about Kirkland's energy supply and emissions goals, and how the existing building stock, future buildings, and infrastructure can reduce emissions.
To further achieve its climate protection efforts, the City has a strong commitment to creating a safe and pedestrian-friendly community. In compliance with the State Commute Trip Reduction Act (RCW 70.94.521), the City enacted its Commute Trip Reduction Ordinance in 1993. The purpose of the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law is to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and fuel consumption by encouraging commuters to bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk, or work compressed work weeks or flexible work schedules instead of driving alone to work everyday. The law requires major employers to provide employee transportation programs to encourage this shift. City zoning codes require that a Transportation Management Program (TMP) be implemented for office building space in excess of 50,000 square feet of floor area. Learn more about Kirkland's land use and transportation goals.
Recommendations from 2018 Greenhouse Gas Emission Report(PDF, 5MB).
In 2017, about half of Kirkland's community greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, a third from electricity, and a fifth from heating.
See ways the City is reducing our emissions and more
Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in 2020, identifies actions the City and Kirkland community can take to fight climate change and make our natural spaces healthier.
Learn more about the Sustainability Master Plan
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