Climate Action Plan

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The City of Mercer Island is writing its first ever Climate Action Plan (CAP) to guide the government, business, and resident actions needed to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect our environment.

Widespread citizen participation will be critical to ensure that planning is a success and that the City hears what's most important to the community. This page will be used mostly for the public engagement components of the Plan: gathering feedback via public comment, online surveys, Q&A.

Other outreach tools such as workshops, webpages, and public meetings will also be used throughout the 12-month CAP process. The CAP is expected to be adopted by the City Council in December 2022.

To learn more about climate change and GHG information, visit the main CAP website at www.mercerisland.gov/CAP

The City of Mercer Island is writing its first ever Climate Action Plan (CAP) to guide the government, business, and resident actions needed to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect our environment.

Widespread citizen participation will be critical to ensure that planning is a success and that the City hears what's most important to the community. This page will be used mostly for the public engagement components of the Plan: gathering feedback via public comment, online surveys, Q&A.

Other outreach tools such as workshops, webpages, and public meetings will also be used throughout the 12-month CAP process. The CAP is expected to be adopted by the City Council in December 2022.

To learn more about climate change and GHG information, visit the main CAP website at www.mercerisland.gov/CAP

  • Community Feedback Workshop - Registation Open!

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    Save the Date! We have scheduled our next community meeting for June 16, 2022, 6:00pm. At this online Workshop, participants will hear a short update on the CAP process and timeline, and then provide important feedback using breakout sessions on the draft set of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction measures proposed for the Climate Action Plan. Register here today.

    If you can't make the meeting, it will be recorded as usual, and the presentation materials will also be available afterwards. If you have a general question about the CAP process, please use our Ask a Question tab so that everyone can learn from the answer. Or you can make a comment in the Public Comment tab. Thank you!

  • Draft Public Engagement Plan

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    On May 3, the City Council heard a progress update on the development of the CAP, wtih a focus on the various public engagement activities to be included in the CAP process – these are the methods the City will use to spread the word, gather input, hear from a range of voices, respond to feedback, and identify community priorities. You can view the 45-minute video, or read the Draft Public Engagement Plan here. The presentation is available here, or in the Document Library.

    Many CAP activities are already underway, and early next month (June) we will convene the next Community Meeting to discuss emissions status and preliminary GHG reduction actions that have been drafted so far.

  • City Launches MI Climate Challenge!

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    Do you want to start taking meaningful climate action now, before the City's Climate Action Planning wraps up in December 2022? Good news! As part of our Earth Week activities, on April 20 we officially launched the Mercer Island Climate Challenge. This program is part of a joint regional campaign, the Eastside Climate Challenge, that we’re running in partnership with Redmond, Bellevue, and Issaquah.

    For residents who want to get started now on carbon footprint reductions at the household level, this campaign is ideal. The online challenge platform offers a free roadmap for Islanders to reduce their carbon footprint and live healthier, more sustainable lives. With over 80 customized ideas to significantly reduce households’ carbon footprint and save money, as well as 30 actions on emergency preparedness and community resilience, there’s something for everyone.

    We already have 22 households signed up and our target is 250 homes by year’s end. We are also exploring a friendly competition between City Councils – more to come!

    Learn more or sign up for 45-minute overview workshops at: www.mercerisland.gov/climatechallenge

  • April 19 Study Session Moved to May 3

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    The City has rescheduled the planned April 19 (5:00pm) Study Session presentation on CAP public engagement to the next Council Meeting on May 3.

    Our CAP consultant is still building out the public engagement plan, but has finished revewing other relevant City plans and policies for climate-reated content, and has also started a big update on the data in our GHG inventory to cover 2016-2020.

    Check the calendar in the Key Dates column to the right for other meetings....

  • February/March CAP Update

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    A lot of work has been underway behind the scenes this early spring!

    Consulting Support: We are pleased to announce that Cascadia Consulting Group has been selected to support our entire CAP process. This is a great outcome, as this local firm has deep experience helping to draft many Climate Plans in WA and along the West Coast, including those for our neighbors in Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Redmond, Shoreline and more. We are working extensively with the new team to build out the MI CAP process.

    Review of Other Plans: Cascadia is reviewing a broad range of our current City-wide plans (e.g Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan; Transportation Plan; Comprehensive Plan; & more) to extract useful items and context for the CAP, and ensure harmony with other City actions.

    Data Analysis: We have been transmitting raw energy and consumption data, along with other metrics, so that Cascadia can help us get caught up on our City and Community GHG inventories, and assess our recent sustainability performance. This will be imported into a cloud-based software platform. In the meantime, if you are interested in some of the more fundamental measures of City activity and energy use, check out the graphs on this updated City data page.

    Engagement Plan: Cascadia has been helping build out the public engagement plan and you can hear us present on that at the start of the April 19 (moved to May 3) City Council Meeting. This important part of the CAP process identifies the different methods we will use to spread the word, gather input, hear from under-represented voices, and respond to feedback. For those who participated in the recent Park, Recreation, & Open Space Plan (aka PROS), you will find a lot of this to be familiar. We are also booking dates to present to our various City Boards and Commissions, identifying tabling and pop-up event opportunities, and mapping out the next community-wide meeting (moved from March to approx. May). Many events are now posted on the Key Dates column to the right.

    Online CAP Survey Results: We closed the online survey a few weeks ago and the distilled results are now available for viewing. We received a total of 82 responses, which adds to all the live feedback we received at the December Kickoff meeting. Thank you for your extensive and thoughtful feedback and dozens of good ideas for evaluation. View the Survey Results.

    Finally, there are two NEW climate and energy initiatives in the pipeline that we hope to launch soon:

    1) Personal Climate Footprint Tracking Platform: This online tool, customized for Mercer Island, will help residents gauge what their own Carbon Footprint is and what actions they could take (from easy to more complex) to start shrinking it. If you want to get started now on some lifestyle and habit changes, before the CAP wraps up in December, this is for you! You can also form teams, or even compete with friends and neighbors. More coming soon about a launch this April…

    2) Heat Pump Installation Campaign: Many people are very interested in getting this highly-efficient technology installed in their homes, especially because it offers heating as well as cooling from the same equipment, all for much lower operating cost than a traditional furnace and conventional A/C system. Mercer Island hopes to partner with 4 other Eastside cities (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah) on a campaign that would run similar to a rooftop solar campaign (aka “Solarize”), where education, pre-selected installers, and small group discounts are part of the offering. With a little more scoping and feasibility research we hope that this pilot could launch in July. Here’s an example of a similar campaign from Boulder, CO.

  • Online Survey Results Published

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    The online CAP survey (open for 3 months) closed in March and we now have the distilled results available for viewing. We received a total of 82 responses, which adds significantly to all the live feedback we received at the December Kickoff meeting. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful feedback! View the summary notes, themes, and graphs here


  • Take the Climate Action Plan Survey!

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    To help fight climate change locally, we’ll need broad community participation! All of the questions used at the Dec 8, 2021, kickoff meeting are now available as a survey right here on Let's Talk.

    Please submit your comments today! (Survey CLOSED March 2022)

  • Community Kickoff Event

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    At this online community meeting on Dec 8, 2021, about 60 attendees heard a short update on the proposed plan timeline and an overview of recent actions and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions status. Staff then gathered feedback from attendees on their climate priorities and personal vision for the Plan. You can view the presentation or read the Summary Notes in the Document Library. The video recording of this meeting is available on our public meetings YouTube page.

    Couldn't make the meeting? The questions posed during the introduction and the breakout sessions are also available via an online survey for you to complete in your own time.

    If you have a general question about the CAP process, please use the Ask a Question tab so that everyone can learn from the answer. Or you can make a comment at the Public Comment tab. Thanks!

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