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2008 Climate Action Team (CAT)

2008 Climate Action Team (CAT) Archive

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Implementing the Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change

The final recommendations of Washington’s Climate Action Team (CAT) are now available. Leading the Way: Implementing Practical Solutions to the Climate Change Challenge, contains “most promising” strategies and opportunities to reduce GHG emissions affirmed in 2008 by the CAT for consideration by the Governor and the Legislature. This report builds off the CAT’s 2007 interim report, "Leading the Way: A Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Greenhouse Gases in Washington State”.

The recommendations in this report represent the CAT’s vision for moving Washington towards a low-carbon future with economic opportunities, and describe the bold and thoughtful action needed to build the foundation by which Washington can meet the 2020 greenhouse gas emission and vehicle miles traveled reduction requirements established in ESSHB 2815.

In 2008, the CAT focused its efforts in four areas through Implementation Work Groups — the built environment, transportation, reducing the waste stream, and the role of the State Environmental Policy Act.

The CAT finds that deliberate, thoughtful and bold action is needed now, and for years to come, to reduce the impacts and costs of climate change while at the same time building a healthier and more prosperous economy. The current global economic situation—and its root causes—reinforce the need for leadership to transform our economy, expand our choices, and protect our environment.

The recommended actions build a future in which citizens and goods move more efficiently with less pollution; infrastructure investments and good planning create transportation choices and sustainable communities; buildings are constructed and operated with less energy; energy is produced and used more efficiently and with less carbon; solid waste is reduced and more materials are recycled; natural ecological systems are healthier and store carbon more effectively; the impacts of development on the environment are analyzed to maximize the effectiveness of mitigating climate change and avoid needless litigation; and government, business, labor, and environmental advocates work together to support entrepreneurial creativity and economic opportunities for all.

Through innovative policies and strategic investments like those recommended here, Washington can continue to meet the challenge of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating business opportunities and jobs, and reducing dependence on imported fuels.