A quote from Governor Jay Inslee
“… these changes in our natural systems will bring significant consequences for the economy, infrastructure, natural systems, and human health of this region. And we need to be planning for that… the decisions we make going forward about greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant effect on our children’s and grandchildren’s futures. We should make decisions that give them the very best chance at avoiding the very worst impacts that climate change can bring.”
Planning for Climate Change – Addressing Climate Change through Comprehensive Planning under the Growth Management Act (PDF)
Greenhouse Gas Analysis Tools, 2009 (PDF)
Many local governments are taking action to address climate change through a combination of mitigation and adaption techniques in their operational and comprehensive plans. While addressing climate change or energy are not specific requirements under the Growth Management Act (GMA), many counties and cities are addressing climate change through land use and transportation planning or by adding optional elements to their comprehensive plans.
Washington State enacted statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions, reducing over time. Additionally the state has adopted a statewide goal to reduce annual per capita vehicle miles traveled for light-duty vehicles. Comprehensive planning is an excellent venue to address both the reduction of greenhouse gases and vehicle miles traveled. Almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in our state result from the transportation sector. Land use and transportation strategies that promote compact and mixed-use development and infill reduce the need to drive, reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.