Scenarios for a Carbon Neutral Seattle

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P. ; Chandler, C. ; Kollmuss, A. ; Cascadia Consulting Group Inc.; ICF International
Date: 2010-2011
Client/Funder: City of Seattle

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The City of Seattle has announced an intention to become a "carbon neutral" city. SEI worked with the city's Office of Sustainability and Environment to define what "carbon neutrality" might mean for a community and then developed alternative scenarios for how Seattle might attain such an ambitious goal. The work involved developing baseline forecasts of Seattle's emissions growth out to 2050, exploring alternative definitions of carbon neutrality, assessing the relative spheres of influence of city government and other community stakeholders, and developing deep reduction scenarios.

Related Publication(s):
Getting to Zero: A Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Seattle