The City of Bellingham is
strategies to maintain and enhance our role as a national leader in climate
protection by reducing the environmental impact of municipal operations.
The City developed and continues to implement a Climate Action Plan.
The City of Bellingham is participating in a community-wide energy-efficiency project and Prize competition called the Georgetown University Energy Prize. See the project website for more information.
The Resource Conservation program provides coordination and leadership for effective and efficient management of all utility resources, including electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, refuse, and recycling. One of the first steps was to create an energy audit and energy reduction plan for all city-owned facilities.
In 2009, the City, in partnership with Whatcom County, coordinated a citizen advisory group (Energy Resource Scarcity Peak Oil Task Force (ERSPO)) to come up with recommendations that to help prepare the community for energy scarcity including long term decline in oil production. Final Report
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) funded a 2kw solar project on the roof of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) which was installed in late July 2007. A second PSE-funded 2kw solar project was dedicated in 2009 on the south facing parking shed at Depot Market Square.
Bellingham became the #1 EPA certified Green Power Community in the nation in early 2007, and again in 2008. The City purchased 100% Green Power for municipal operations.