After six months of gathering public feedback and considering input from the community, the SAS has completed revisions to the Sustainability Action Pan. Click or tap the links below to read the final draft of the Plan.
Full Report (PDF 8.8 MB)
1-pager (PDF 233 KB)
To learn more about why we need a Sustainability Action Plan watch a 24 minute presentation that will help to answer this question. The video also addresses specific climate projections for the Spokane area, and the thought process that went into the creation of this draft Plan.
To request a member of the SAS at one of your community meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the SAS Environmental Justice & Equity webpage to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
If you are a Spokane resident age 4-14, check out our resources specifically for you! Do you love spending time outdoors? Maybe you are an animal lover or enjoy water sports? Learn how you can help the City keep Spokane green!
The Sustainability Action Subcommittee (SAS) is a group of appointed volunteer community members who care about the greater Spokane community and want to see it thrive. City Council created the SAS in early 2019 in order to focus on issues surrounding climate change and its effects on Spokane and the region. SAS is tasked to research solutions the City and its residents can take to both mitigate our contribution to climate change and help make our community more resilient in the face of these changes. We are fortunate to call the Inland Northwest our home, which is why we are working to prepare Spokane for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Download the SAS Overview
Our Community, Our Future
Thank you to everyone who completed the Climate Action Plan Survey. We'll use your input to inform more community involvement and planning for a sustainable Spokane. Download the Survey Summary.
A changing climate brings specific risks to the Spokane region in terms of increased temperatures, more intense wildfires, and changes in snowpack which affect the health of our river and our aquifer. Learn more in this vulnerability assessment, co-created by citizens of Spokane along with researchers and scientists from the University of Washington, University of Idaho, and Oregon State University.
Our team is collecting a list of Green Tips for you to implement at your work or home. Discover ways in which you can implement actions and strategies for making Spokane a greener place to live.
This workgroup focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gases, micro plastics, and particulate matter emitted by the production and use of personal motor vehicles by promoting more sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, and public transit.
The Communication group exists to convey the work of the Sustainability Action Subcommittee. It also seeks to understand and impart the impact of climate change on the residents of Spokane. This group's goal is to create engagement and action around the issue of climate change.
Energy heats our homes, cooks our food, and drives our economy; it's also responsible for much of the pollution that impacts human health and our environment. The energy & buildings workgroup is exploring ways in which Spokane can accomplish our 100% renewable energy goals, and promote innovation and economic development driven by a clean energy economy. More than half of our energy is consumed by buildings which is why we also focus on identify cost effective strategies to help property owners and renters lower their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills.
Social inequities across our community play a significant role in the health outcomes of our citizens. Also referred to as social determinants of health, these disparities are influenced by education, income, race, access to healthcare, and even by the neighborhoods in which we live. Because of this, climate and extreme weather impact our most vulnerable residents more significantly than others. The purpose of our health equity workgroup is to ensure the policies and practices recommended by the SAS address the needs of all our residents without creating unintended harm.
The Natural Resources group is devoted to the protection and restoration of the Spokane Community's natural ecosystems. Our efforts so far have been focused on growing our tree canopy, conserving water, and protecting plants and wildlife.
This workgroup explores opportunities to create more sustainable urban planning practices. We address issues related to all levels of development, from small renovations to large multi-acre projects, with a goal of promoting development that reduces greenhouse gases, lowers consumption of limited resource, improves our tree canopy, encourages the use of sustainable transportation, and more efficiently uses public infrastructure to promote fiscal resiliency.
This workgroup is focused on updating the City of Spokane's 2009 Sustainability Action Plan by considering current and future social, environmental, and economic factors specific to the Spokane region. It is our goal to identify both ambitious and achievable actions we can all take toward creating a resilient and healthy place to live.
The transportation sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Washington State with a majority of emissions coming from everyday driving trips. This workgroup focuses on ways to reduce pollution from the transportation sector by encouraging a transition to cleaner fuels such as biofuels and electricity.
This workgroup is researching practices and policies for the City to maximize composting and materials recovery, minimize landfill disposal, and enable the Waste-to-Energy Plant to function as cleanly and efficiently as possible. To support these objectives we are exploring ways to educate and encourage the public to adopt habits for purchasing, packaging, repairing, reusing, sorting and recycling the materials that pass through their homes and businesses.
Sally Duffy Colman
It's not often you get to have lunch with an inspired visionary. But that's exactly where I found myself back in February with Sally Colman. View Sally's profile (PDF 93 KB).
Manager of Sustainability Initiatives
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard,
Spokane, WA 99201-3335