How Seattle is Slashing Greenhouse Gasses

By path2positive

Cities are moving quickly to develop and implement bold climate action plans. One of the leaders in this sprint to climate solutions is Seattle Mayor Ed Murry. In a bold new initiative, the mayor at last week’s Climate Leadership Conference announced plans that would slash greenhouse gas pollution in the city by half. The path to reduced emissions is simple, expand electric vehicle in both the city’s fleet, and among residents.

Seattle is already a pioneer of climate action. The city is able to harness hydropower, and is heavily invested in renewables. By focusing on transportation emissions, Seattle can save an estimated 120,000 gallons of gasoline, and power its vehicles with energy generated from clean sources. To encourage greater electric vehicle use among residents, the city will install 400 charging stations throughout the city.

These actions represent a mayor, city and community that are committed to climate solutions. When local leaders act, residents and the climate benefit. Lead your city by joining Path to Positive Communities!


Seattle mayor wants to cut vehicle emissions, add electric cars

By Lynda V. Mapes | Seattle Times | March 10, 2016

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to cut in half greenhouse-gas pollution from the city’s vehicle fleet by 2025, and he has proposed adding more electric vehicles to do it.

In an announcement Thursday at the Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle, Murray proposed expanding electric-vehicle use in the city by 15,000 cars by 2025, including more city-owned cars.

With an estimated 65 percent of Seattle’s greenhouse-gas emissions coming from transportation, Murray said, his Drive Clean Seattle will help cut carbon pollution that is contributing to climate change.

His developing plan includes a range of strategies to transition transportation, both public and private, away from fossil fuels to clean, carbon-neutral electric energy.

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