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Posted on: November 21, 2014

[ARCHIVED] - Sustainability: How Does Issaquah Measure Up? -

2014 Sustainable City Report

Our community is known for exceptional quality of life — from preserving our natural resources to supporting excellence in education to nurturing healthy businesses and community groups.

We’re excited to report progress on many of our sustainability indicators. On Nov. 17, 2014, Mayor Fred Butler released our 2014 Sustainable City Report, which helps answer the question: How sustainable are we?

The latest report tracks our progress on 26 sustainability indicators. It also outlines how we can foster a more vibrant, healthy and livable community in the future.

Several of the indicators have a direct impact on climate.

We've declared our support to act and meet our long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

In a unanimous decision Nov. 3, the City Council approved a resolution declaring support for joint King County-City of Issaquah climate commitments.

In addition to the 2050 goal, these commitments provide interim targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030, compared to a 2007 baseline.

The commitments align with many our existing current policies and programs, but also identify further actions for implementation.

“Our entire community — including residents, businesses, nonprofits, students, volunteers and public servants —have worked together to make Issaquah successful,” Butler said. “Together, we will maintain momentum to build a livable community where the environment is protected, the economy is vibrant and citizens are an essential part of our success.”

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