Issaquah has a long history of environmental stewardship – protecting the ecosystems, habitats and wildlife that we value most. In 2021, the City of Issaquah developed the Issaquah Climate Action Plan to identify a pathway to achieve bold and ambitious targets that reduce our impact on the environment. This work is done in the following ways:
- Leading by example by improving the sustainability of City operations.
- Advocating for support and change at the county, state, and federal levels and with local utilities; and
- Supporting sustainability practices of residents and businesses in Issaquah.
As a LEED Gold certified City, Issaquah is committed to tracking and reporting the sustainability performance of our community while seeking opportunities for improvement. As part of this certification, we are tracking a range of sustainability topics such as:
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Water use
- Waste diversion (how much goes to the landfill vs compost/recycling)
- Community quality of life
- Our natural environment
- Energy management
- Environmental protection
- Sustainable buildings
- And many more!
Achieving LEED Gold certification means that Issaquah reached the second highest certification level available based on performance across 9 different categories.
Since these categories look at our sustainability performance across the Issaquah community, YOUR business played a role in helping us achieve LEED Gold Certification. Our hope is that Issaquah businesses embrace this LEED certification, resulting in a robust Issaquah economy that continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.