The Cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey have committed to developing a regional climate action plan. Olympia started this effort in line with its commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in late 2015. This included a commitment to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Conversations with Tumwater and Lacey started in 2017, and now all three cities have decided to work together on a regional plan. Most recently, the Thurston Regional Planning Council has begun working with the cities to help coordinate their efforts.
The Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign is encouraging local governments in Thurston County to adopt very strong, bold, and effective policies and investments to significantly reduce GHG emissions which result from activities of city residents and businesses. We are doing this by working with the Cities on funding and developing their Climate Action Plan, and by helping local residents make their voices heard on this issue.
One of the most important results of the Paris climate meeting in 2015 was a universal recognition that cities must play a critical role in reducing our planet’s greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels. So the local cities’ commitment to join this movement is especially timely
CFT has already made a difference in moving our community forward on clean energy and a stable climate:
- We lobbied the Olympia and Lacey City Councils to include money in their 2018 budgets to complete a strong and effective climate action plan.
- We helped ensure the Cities of Olympia and Tumwater made strong statements to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission encouraging retirement of all of Puget Sound Energy’s coal plants by 2025. We also helped pack the UTC’s Olympia rate hearing for PSE with a record number of citizens demanding a clean energy future. A few days later, PSE agreed to take action toward closing the last two coal plants by 2027 and providing transition money to affected communities.
This CFT campaign will continue to urge local cities to consider significant investments in promoting community-wide energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as policies that support these two goals. This will involve significant budgetary and policy challenges. We will draw attention to the choice between a future of floods, disease, heat waves, water shortages, and wildfires; or making investments and policies now which will require change but will save money, improve health and create jobs while assuring a livable climate in the future. We will urge the Cities to choose the latter. We hope you’ll join us!
Here’s how to contact the Carbon-Free Thurston Campaign: