Seattle/King County Climate News 10.31.21

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Robin Briggs

Oct 31, 2021, 6:29:59 PM10/31/21
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Never a dull moment here! Here's the latest climate news roundup.

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Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle approved new climate goals. 

New goals for Scope 1 & 2 (emissions generated by their direct operations & by electricity use in their buildings):

  • 50% reduction below 2005 levels by 2030 (this is unchanged )

  • net-zero or better by 2040 (previously was carbon-neutral by 2050)

New goals for Scope 3 (emissions from ships and airplanes that visit the port):

  • 50% reduction below 2007 levels by 2030 (this is unchanged)

  • carbon-neutral or better by 2050 (previously was 80% reduction below 2007 levels by 2050)

The difference between net-zero and carbon-neutral is described here; but net-zero is a higher standard. So it seems to me that the Port is raising its goals for reducing Scope 1 & 2 emissions, but considerably lowering its goals for reducing scope 3 emissions.


The PSRC is getting ready to do a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and they had a meeting to share ideas and gather input. The effort is going to be led by King County, in partnership with Cascadia Consulting, and with regional counties (Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap). They expect to complete it by the middle of next year, and it will have emissions data for 2019 and 2020. It will have an online dashboard similar to what Seattle has done. It will include a wedge diagram for the consumption-based inventory, similar to the wedge diagram they already have for the geographic-plus emissions. The consumption inventory will be based on models from UC Berkeley Cool Climate. It will also include area based emissions data, basically footprint by neighborhood, with help from Eco Data Lab. The transportation emissions will be calculated using vehicle usage data from the PSRC. They will share updates next spring in a second outreach meeting.

Just Transition in Transportation, a joint campaign launched by Front and Centered, Disability Rights Washington, and 350 Washington to focus on State Transportation policy, especially the Transportation Package, and advocate for increased funding for transit, bikes, and pedestrian infrastructure, and against highway expansion has formed. 


Seattle City Council is continuing to discuss the 2022 budget. There are a number of promising amendments in play. Among them:

  • 13M additional funds for oil heat transition co-sponsored by Sawant, Pedersen and Morales ——This funding would go directly to work on a program that already exists. It will directly eliminate GHG from approximately 1,000 homes!

  • $380K for Indigenous-led sustainability projects co-sponsored by Herbold, Morales 

  • $100K for community climate resilience planning co-sponsored by Gonzalez, Morales and Juarez

  • Funding for a SDOT study to examine right-of-way uses in Seattle for future expansion of Sound Transit beyond ST3 (SDOT-004-A-001)

  • Add $3.75 million of Transportation Fund to SDOT's Neighborhood Traffic Control Program (MC-TR-C019) for implementation of additional Home Zone projects. This would fund low-cost alternatives to expensive permanent sidewalks on the sizable portion of the city's streets where they are currently lacking (SDOT-103-A-001)

  • Increase the Commercial Parking Tax to fund needed safety improvements and ongoing bridge maintenance (SDOT-503-A-001)

- robin
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