Key Sustainability Actions

female cyclist riding up Market Street near a striped bike lane

The Sustainability Master Plan identifies about 150 actions that the City and community can take over the next ten years to achieve our sustainability goals. Many actions are in progress; this page reports specifically on the top-rated and community priority actions. Actions may not be pursued in direct order of their ranking or priority due to funding, staffing, feasibility, and other considerations.

Last updated July 2021.

Top Rated Actions 

Each of the actions were rated according to how much they would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support a healthy natural ecosystem, improve community health and quality of life, promote equitable outcomes for all members of the community, reduce use of fossil fuels or switch to greener energy sources, and cost to implement them.

person riding bike on Cross Kirkland Corridor trail from above, taken from NE 85th Street overpass Top-rated actions include:  

Prioritize walk and bike access to high frequency transit (LT-4.7)

Explore partnerships to improve transit access through first-last mile strategies (LT-5.2)

  • The SMP projects a 3-6 year timeline for this action.

Create an incentive program to share energy efficiency savings in multi-family housing (BI-3.1)

  • The SMP projects a 3-6 year timeline for this action.

PD School Zone (2).PNG Increase the number of students walking, biking, carpooling and taking the bus to school (LT-4.5)

Promote public transit use through incentives and a transportation demand management (TDM) program (LT-5.1)

community-van-with passengersEncourage carpooling and using shared mobility by providing incentives and ride-matching tools (LT-6.1)

Pictured, top to bottom: cyclist on the Cross Kirkland Corridor trail, signs for camera enforced speed zones at Rose Hill Elementary School, and the community van.

Community Priority Actions 

Community members provided extensive input and many suggestions for actions the City could pursue throughout the public involvement process in 2019. Some were identified as priorities by the community.

Community priority actions include:  

water bottle filling station and drinking fountain at Juanita Beach Park bathhouseSupport repair and reuse activities (SM-2.1)

  • Our recycling team worked with the Capitol Improvement Program to have water bottle filling stations installed at two parks in 2021, with more planned at future projects.
  • Our recycling team and Waste Management team up to host an annual Recycling and Reuse event that accepts donations of usable goods.
  • Kirkland is partnering with the Cities of Redmond, Bellevue, and Bothell for a regional reuse campaign in 2021-2023 using grant funds.

Establish a plan to have 100% renewable energy for the community (ES-2.1)

  • The SMP projects a 0-2 year timeline for this action.

pea-patch vegetable plots for residents at McAuliffe Park Develop a funding plan for development and operation of new P-Patches and community gardens (HC-1.1)

  • As part of the Feriton Spur Park expansion, Google is building an urban farm that will donate produce to food programs.

Support policy that encourages mixed use development and economic diversity (SB-2.3)

  • The SMP projects a 0-2 year timeline for this action.

Have all department decision-makers utilize the Sustainable Decision Making Matrix to evaluate alternatives (SG-1.1)

  • The SMP projects a 0-2 year timeline for this action.

Appoint a sustainability manager to coordinate implementation of the Sustainability Master Plan (SG-2.1)

  • The SMP projects a 3-6 year timeline for this action.

Evaluate establishing a sustainability opportunity fund for the City match portion of sustainability grants (SG-7.2)

  • The SMP projects a 3-6 year timeline for this action.

Pictured, top to bottom: water bottle filling station at Juanita Beach Park and pea patch garden plots at McAuliffe Park.

Highlighted Actions

Selected actions are highlighted below for their timeliness and importance to the community.

Update the Park, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan (EV-9.3)

Identify, develop, and implement actions to help end interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism, increase social equity, and support environmental justice in Kirkland (HC-10.1)

  • See our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging resources.
  • The centerpiece of Kirkland's 2021-2022 budget is the "Community Safety Initiative,"(PDF, 175KB) which includes actions designed to make Black community members feel safe and respected, eliminate structural racism, and make Kirkland more equitable. It allocates funding for community safety partners, community and police safety investments, and housing and human services. Kirkland Community Court -- a non-traditional approach that works to provide practical, targeted solutions rather than traditional punishment -- launched March 10, 2021.

shop-local-logo.jpg Partner with Chamber and Kirkland Downtown Alliance on promoting “Buy Local” (SB-2.2)

Establish protocol that allows all potential city staff to work from home a minimum of two days per week (SG-2.3)

  • As city staff return to city facilities in August 2021, many departments are offering increased flexibility for working from home multiple days a week.

Blue electric car parked by a charging station at City HallAdopt a policy for fleet purchases for fully electric and hybrid electric vehicles depending on technology availability and city needs, and actively seek grants to move toward an all-electric City fleet and supporting charging station infrastructure (SG-1.5)

Complete the Greenway network by 2030 (LT-4.9)

Explore creating an anti-idling policy for City-operated vehicles (SG-1.11)

  • Community members are leading a business- and resident- focused anti-idling campaign.

tree planting Develop and implement tree planting programs to increase tree canopy cover on private and public property, including rights-of-way, parks and natural areas (EV-10.5)

Pictured, top to bottom: Shop Local Kirkland logo, electric City vehicle charging at a City Hall charging station, and planting a tree.