Most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our community stem from electricity use in homes and commercial buildings and gasoline and diesel fuel use for both on-road vehicles and air travel. Our purchasing decisions can also contribute to climate change. For example, meat and dairy cows emit methane—a potent GHG that contributes to climate change. Residents on Bainbridge Island who consume beef contribute to the emissions from these cows—even if the cows are raised outside the Island.
Communitywide GHG emissions increased 9% from 2014 to 2018. Every resident has a role to play in helping us achieve our short-term goal of reducing GHG emissions 25% by 2025, and our long-term goal to reduce emissions 90% by 2045.
Curious what actions you can take to help us meet our climate action goals? Join the Climate Smart Challenge! The Challenge makes it easy to identify those actions that can produce the most benefits based on your unique lifestyle. Access helpful tips and resources to reduce your carbon footprint, track your progress, and challenge your friends and neighbors to do their part. Learn more about the Challenge.
Learn more about steps you can take to reduce emissions associated with building energy use, transportation, solid waste generation and disposal, water use, wastewater treatment, and overall consumption by exploring the links on this page.