Planning Process

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.

Strategy Development

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):

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential

The annual quantity of greenhouse gas emissions an action will avoid or sequester as of 2030.


Will it impact a high (Transportation, Land Use, Buildings) or low (i.e., Water, Waste, Carbon sequestration) emissions sector?


What is the confidence and/or probability of impact?

Speed of Deployment

The minimum time possible between the decision to recommend an action, and achievement of the annual greenhouse gas reduction potential.


Does the action require legislative action?

Does the required technology or funding exist?


One or more of the four jurisdictions can likely influence the implementing party (or parties), or the partner can create the necessary regulatory structure needed to implement the action.


What is the anticipated role for each jurisdiction?


Supports one or more of the following

regional goals:

Ecosystem Health

Social Equity

Economic Benefit

Climate Adaptation

Other Regional Goals 


How many regional goals/co-benefits does the action support?

Scenario Analysis

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.

Implementation Planning

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.

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.

  • Sign Up for updates via 

  • 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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