Cross-cutting objectives represent priorities to be addressed across all sectors. As such, objectives and actions within this section have an impact on each of the four focus areas. Through effective and strategic education, advocacy, monitoring, and policy development, the Thurston region can increase awareness, participation, and impact of climate mitigation efforts.

Key Sector Targets

Strategies and Actions

Strategy: Conduct education and outreach across climate mitigation areas.

Jurisdictions must work with their communities to communicate effective education and outreach to inspire the change to meet our goals.

Actions Assessed in the Plan:

  • Social research and behavior change campaigns. Work with higher education institutions to research effective behavior change through marketing and educate. Use this information in developing campaigns to reduce high emissions GHGs.

Strategy: Enhance monitoring and evaluation of climate mitigation measures and outcomes.

This strategy will help our community understand the progress toward achieving our goals, detect information gaps identified over the course of this planning processes. and highlight opportunities to improve our efforts.

Actions Assessed in the Plan:

  • Emissions inventory. Prepare and publish an annual emissions inventory that tracks greenhouse gas emissions by jurisdiction and source category. Review and update emissions inventory methodology as necessary to address improvements to data or methodologies, improve consistency, incorporate changes to state or federal policies, or report on issues of local interest.

  • Performance measures. Develop community GHG reduction goals and performance measures. Regularly update and publicize for community to track their progress. 

  • Other emission sources and sinks. Expand sources and sectors in future emissions inventories to inform future regulatory policy to reduce GHG emissions.

  • Vulnerable populations. Develop a data and monitoring mechanism that is specific to marginalized groups and their needs related to climate change and climate reality (e.g., access to transportation, access to A/C, proximity to cooling centers) and develop a plan to address these vulnerabilities with solutions that help reduce GHG emissions.

  • Social cost of carbon. Develop and adopt policies that require the use of a "social cost of carbon measure" in zoning, development, construction, and transportation decisions.

Strategy: Advocate for climate‐mitigating state and federal policy. 

By working with the four jurisdictions to advocate for strong state and federal climate action, we can amplify our impact and help trigger large-scale improvements to our systems and processes.

Actions Assessed in the Plan:

  • Legislative agenda. Prioritize combating climate change in the municipality’s legislative agenda each year. Instruct municipal lobbyist to track and report on climate bills, and to advocate for those bills that will help reduce local emissions. Work with other cities to add this to the AWC priorities.

What You Can Do

The plan will lead directly to projects and resources spent in your community. Here’s how you can help determine which projects we undertake and where we should focus our resources: 

  • Take the Survey by clicking the “Share Your Feedback” tab above.

  • Read the Plan and get all the details in the full document.

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  • Email comments to the project manager at  

  • Call the project manager at the Thurston Regional Planning Council at 360-956-7575.  

  • Ask Questions and tell us what you think about the draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan.

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