Climate Change Response

What is Olympia doing to address climate change?

The City has a long history of being committed to doing our part to limit climate change (view timeline). While we have taken some important steps over the years to reduce our municipal greenhouse gas emissions, overall emissions continue to rise in Olympia.

Learn more about some of the things we are doing right now to respond to the growing concern below.

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Regional Climate Mitigation Planning

Olympia is currently working with Thurston County, the cities of Lacey and Tumwater and the Thurston Regional Planning Council to develop the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. Our regional emissions reduction goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2015 levels by 2030, and then 85 percent below 2015 levels by 2050.

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Olympia's Early Climate Actions

The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (above) is expected to be completed in late 2020. To build a foundation for climate action across City operations and prepare for implementation of the Plan, Olympia will take “early action” to address climate change concurrent with the mitigation planning effort.

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning

The City of Olympia (City), LOTT Clean Water Alliance (LOTT) and the Port of Olympia, under the guidance of the consulting firm AECOM Technical Services, completed the Olympia Sea Level Rise Response Plan in March 2019.

Questions?

Contact Susan Clark at 360.753.8321 or sclark@ci.olympia.wa.us