This draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan represents the culmination of several months of technical analysis and engagement with Thurston area stakeholders, including local governments, businesses, community organizations, and residents. An overview of this planning process is provided below.
The project team first compiled a long list of over 300 potential strategies and actions from technical experts, community stakeholders, survey respondents, and other climate planning efforts.
The project team and Climate Advisory Work Group refined and consolidated the initial list of actions, resulting in a list of 242 actions addressing a wide variety of sectors and strategies.
The complete list of actions is available as Appendix 10.3 of the draft plan. It is full of great ideas that can and should be taken up by others seeking to create change.
Action Prioritization & Multicriteria Analysis
This multicriteria analysis assessed each action on the list of potential strategies against four criteria, including impact on greenhouse gas emissions, speed of deployment, local control, and community co-benefits (see criteria list below):
A more quantitative scenario analysis was also conducted to assess the ability of the draft plan actions to meet regional emissions reduction targets. Outcomes from the scenario analysis are detailed in the “Scenario Analysis” page of this online open house.
With the priority actions identified, the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan partners (cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater; Thurston County) began outlining a plan for implementation. The final plan will include a comprehensive table that includes the following information for each priority action; the planning team is currently developing this information:
Primary action implementors, including lead jurisdiction(s) and community partners
Timeframe for implementation (e.g., short vs. long-term)
Potential funding mechanisms and opportunities for financing such as grants and loans
Initial steps that would be taken to launch action implementation
Implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan will require strategic and coordinated actions among jurisdictions, as well as leadership to ensure that mitigation is a priority throughout the Thurston region. Having a robust and detailed implementation plan will allow each jurisdiction to focus on their strongest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gases. The implementation plans will strive to ensure a sense of equity of effort rather than equity of greenhouse gas emissions, and each jurisdiction’s route will look a little different, as each community has a different set of levers to effect change. These differences will be considered and leveraged to ensure an optimal path forward for all in reaching our shared emissions targets.
Monitoring and Reporting
Once finalized, actions in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan will include specific metrics to monitor and evaluate progress. Metrics will be based on objective, accessible, and dependable data sources—many of which are already being tracked through the communitywide greenhouse gas inventory process or by partner jurisdictions. We will aim to include metrics and sources of information that are simple to comprehend and measure and focus on the target outcomes of this plan.