Last week, members of the Pierce County Council took up consideration of the proposed Sustainability 2030: Pierce County’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Prepared by County staff in consultation with various citizens and organizations, the proposed plan builds on previous County sustainability efforts and recognizes the impacts of air pollution and a changing climate. The plan focuses on reducing greenhouse gases in five categories: energy and the built environment, transportation, consumption and waste reduction, and education and outreach. You can read the full plan by visiting the sustainability website.
For my part, I believe that we need to take strong actions to protect our environment, focusing our attention on actions that are localized, collaborative, and reliant on innovation and creative problem-solving by entrepreneurs. In addition, as we move toward a more environmentally sustainable future, I believe that we must take actions that position us for fiscal sustainability and resilience at the same time.
As you review the plan you will see that action items are set on a short-term or mid-term timeline. This means that many of the actions will be set in motion quickly after passage or may already be in motion. As we look ahead under this planning process, I want to be sure that we maximize our impact within limited County resources. Since some of the action items listed in the plan will require new appropriations, I am working with County staff to identify some basic cost estimates. It’s important that we understand the costs involved in the various action items contained in the plan as we evaluate them for implementation in the coming years. I will be offering an amendment to the proposed legislation before the Council’s Community Development Committee to include these cost estimates along with the plan.