Climate Change and Becoming a Green City

Jen Pack

Cities have a key role to play in combatting climate change. Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is famous for its natural beauty, and we are not immune to the effects of climate change. We have to put in the work to keep our ecosystems healthy; not just for our own sakes, but for future generations as well.


  • Reducing car emissions, which make up over 80% of Seattle’s carbon emissions, is a priority. The plan to do so is further elaborated on in the Transit section of this site.
  • Electrify our transit system, and ensure our electricity is coming from sustainable sources. Work with the state to promote green energy sources.
  • Ensure we are using water sustainably and partnering with our Indigenous communities to learn from how they have used water sustainably for thousands of years. 
  • Invest in up-to-date recycling and waste disposal treatment facilities to reuse as much material as possible. 
  • Plant more trees along roadsides and thoroughfares, as well as expand greenways and greenbelts to areas of Seattle which do not have ready access to them, especially down south.