Climate Action

In November 2020, Bainbridge Island City Council approved the first-ever Bainbridge Island Climate Action Plan (CAP). This plan is a culmination of a three-year effort by the Climate Change Advisory Committee working with City staff, community stakeholders and the public. 

 The CAP has three overarching goals:

  • Mitigation: Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90% by 2045 compared to 2014 levels with interim milestones of 25% reduction by 2025 and 60% by 2035.
  • Adaptation: Ensure that Bainbridge Island is climate savvy and can withstand the impacts of climate change.
  • Community Engagement: Inspire community action and partner with local and regional organizations to take meaningful and equitable climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. 

Communitywide GHG emissions increased 9% from 2014 to 2018. Achieving the goals outlined in the CAP will depend on everyone in the Bainbridge Island community working towards a clean, healthy and vibrant future.  

Learn more about steps you can take to help reduce GHG emissions and prepare for climate change

News & Current Topics of Interest

Join the new Climate Smart Challenge! 

Bainbridge Island is working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025 and needs your help! The new Climate Smart Challenge is a fun way to identify key actions you and your family can take to help implement our Climate Action Plan. The Challenge encourages you to think critically about your life and changes that you as individuals can make (some small , some big) to reduce your climate impact, save money and improve your health and the comfort of your home. Learn more about the Climate Smart Challenge.

Rebates available through May 31st for Bainbridge Island restaurants removing single-use plastic service ware. 

Local food service establishments can get a head start on transitioning to reusable dishes and utensils, as outlined in Ordinance No. 2021-34, which requires reusable food service ware for on-site dining as of January 1, 2023. The West Coast nonprofit, Plastic Free Restaurants, offers reimbursements up to $5/piece to restaurant owners for replacing single-use plastics with reusable metal, ceramic, etc. dishes and utensils. Bainbridge Island food service establishments are eligible through May 31, 2022. Learn more and register at Plastic Free Restaurants

Learn more about new single-use plastic regulations for Bainbridge Island businesses.  Access information about new waste reduction regulations in 2022 and 2023 on the Zero Waste page. 

  1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
  2. City Actions Related to Sustainability

In 2019, the City worked with Cascadia Consulting Group to complete a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory to quantify the amount of climate pollution produced in our community.  This information is summarized in a fact sheet (PDF) and will help track progress and inform decisions related to our Climate Action Plan goals.

Graph of 2018 Communitywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The majority of community GHG emissions stem from electricity use in homes and commercial buildings and gasoline and diesel fuel use for both on-road vehicles and air travel. Detailed information on sources of emissions can be found in the 2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report (PDF), which includes three distinct inventories:

  • A community inventory that estimates GHG emissions produced by activities of the Bainbridge Island community, including residents and businesses.
  • A municipal inventory that estimates GHG emissions resulting from City of Bainbridge Island government operations.
  • A consumption-based inventory that estimates GHG emissions associated with the consumption of food, goods, and services within the community, regardless of their origin.

The report also presents findings from additional analyses, including contribution analyses that identify key drivers of observed trends in emissions, such as changes in weather, population, or economic activity. A carbon sequestration analysis that estimates the amount of carbon dioxide that Bainbridge Island trees absorb—or sequester—from the atmosphere on an annual basis is also included.

Learn more about what the City is doing – and actions you can take – to both reduce GHG emissions and prepare our community for the impacts of climate change by exploring the links on this page.