Progress Update

​​​​​​​To reach the ambitious goals set out in the Climate Protection Action Plan 2018 update (51MB), the City identified 24 ongoing and proposed municipal emissions reduction measures and 56 community emissions reduction measures in six core strategies — Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Green Building, Waste Reduction, and Land Use.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Municipal MeasureStatus
​LED Streetlight UpgradesComplete
Resource Conservation Management​Ongoing
Post Point Best Management PracticesOngoing
​Federal Building RetrofitsOngoing
Operations and Employee ActionsProposed
Parks LED UpgradesProposed
Renewable Energy
Municipal Measure​Status
​100% Green Power​Ongoing
​City Solar​Proposed
​Post Point Resource Recovery​Proposed
​Wastewater Heat Recovery​Proposed
​Municipal Measure​Status
​10% Ethanol in City Fleet​Complete
​Invest in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles​Ongoing
​Free Employee Bus Passes​Ongoing
​City Bike Fleet​Ongoing
Limit IdlingProposed
Diesel Exhaust RetrofitsProposed
​Green Fleet Work Plan​Proposed
​Western Washington Clean CitiesProposed
​Become Evergreen Fleets Certified​Proposed
​Efficient Driver Training​Proposed
​Advanced Vehicle Locator Systems​Proposed
​Commute Trip Reduction Program​Incomplete
​Increase Biodiesel/Renewable Diesel Use​Incomplete
​35% Reduction in Employee Commute VMT​Incomplete
​Biodiesel Pilot ProjectDiscontinued
Green Building
​Municipal Measure​Status
​LEED Buildings​Ongoing
​Recycled Construction Materials​Ongoing
Waste Reduction
​Municipal Measure​Status
​City Hall Recycling​Complete
​Green Purchasing​Ongoing
​All City Facility Recycling​Ongoing
​Green Event Kits​Ongoing
​Good-on-One-Side Notepads​Ongoing
​Specialty Recycling​Ongoing
​Municipal Waste Monitoring​Proposed
​Waste Reduction Plan​Proposed
Energy Effiency and Conservation
​Community Measure​Status
​County Courthouse EfficiencyComplete
​Residential Water MeteringComplete
​Housing Authority Retrofits​Complete
​Project RENT​Complete
​Climate Outreach and EducationOngoing
​WWU Sustainability ProgramOngoing
​Community Energy Challenge​Ongoing
​Puget Sound Energy Programs​Ongoing
​Cascade Natural Gas Programs​Ongoing
​BCS Energy EfficiencyOngoing
​Toward Net Zero Energy​Ongoing
​COB Water Use EfficiencyOngoing
​Housing Rehab and Construction​Ongoing
​Bellingham Energy PrizeOngoing
​Energy Prize Online Energy Center​Ongoing
​Energy Efficiency and Real Estate​Ongoing
​Multi-family Residential Efficiency​Ongoing
​Bellingham Schools Energy Efficiency​Ongoing
​Green Classroom Certification​Ongoing
​Waterfront District Energy​Proposed
​Energy Innovation Hub​Proposed
​Single-family Residential OutreachProposed
​PSE Streetlights LED Upgrade​Proposed
​Commercial & Multi-family Building Benchmarking​Proposed
​Industrial Energy Efficiency​Proposed
​Green Leases for City Tenants​Proposed
​Residential Energy Ratings​Proposed
​Weatherization Requirement​Proposed
Renewable Energy
​Community Measure​Status
​Green Power Community Challenge​Complete
​Solar Permitting Improvements​Complete
​Green Power Purchases​Ongoing
​WWU Sustainability Program​Ongoing
​County Green Power​Ongoing
​Solarize Whatcom​Ongoing
​Washington Goes Solar Campaign​Ongoing
​Waterfront District Energy​Proposed
​Community Solar​Proposed
​More Efficient Energy Distribution​Proposed
​Support Wind Power​Proposed
Community Measure​Status
​SSC Natural Gas Trucks​In Progress
​WTA Bus and Facility UpgradesIn Progress
​SSC Biodiesel​Ongoing
​Car Sharing​Ongoing
​Vehicle Mode Shift​Ongoing
​Safe Routes to School​Ongoing
​Promote Hybrid and Electric Vehicles​Ongoing
​Whatcom Smart TripsOngoing
​Commute Trip ReductionOngoing
​Limit Idling​Incomplete
​Promote Biofuels​Incomplete
Green Building
​Community Measure​Status
​Promote Green Building​Ongoing
​Advanced Materials and Methods Policies​Ongoing
​2030 Districts​Proposed
Waste Reduction
Community Measure​Status
​Plastic Bag BanComplete
​Construction/Demolition Recycling​Ongoing
​Food Plus!​Ongoing
​Increase Curbside Recycling​Incomplete
Land Use
Community Measure​Status
​COB Habitat Protection and Restoration​Ongoing
​Urban Villages​Ongoing
​High Density Development​Ongoing
​COB Carbon Fund​Proposed