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Climate Change

State Agency Climate Leadership

In 2009, the Washington State Legislature approved the State Agency Climate Leadership Act E2SSB 5560, which established greenhouse gas emissions reduction limits for state agencies. It directed state agencies to quantify GHG emissions, develop strategies to meet the GHG reduction targets and report on actions taken to reduce GHG emissions. (See RCW 70.235.050 and RCW 70.235.060)

Ecology is required to compile a biennial report and provide an update to the governor and the legislature on agency progress in meeting the reduction targets. Ecology submitted the first report in December 2010, the second in December 2012, and the third in December 2014. See below for those reports.

Tools and Resources for State Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program

We updated the tools and requirements for the State Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. There are newly established reporting thresholds, which means some agencies will no longer need to report their emissions. The new reporting deadline for the program is July 1, although because of program changes, the 2016 report deadline is extended to September 1, 2017. Please check the list to see if you are required to report and watch our video to learn more about the program changes and how they will affect your reporting.

New Reporting tools and resources:

If you have questions please contact Gail Sandlin.

Reports to the Governor and the Washington Legislature

"State agencies have developed strategies

to reduce GHG emissions and have taken a number of actions since 2010 to conserve energy, improve energy efficiency, and deploy clean energy technologies. This has resulted in significant savings in utility and fuel costs."
from the 2014 Executive Summary

A look at the progress of Washington State agencies are making to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

June 2017

Report to the Legislature on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Washington State Government

December 2014

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Washington State Government
Third Biennial Progress Report

December 2012

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Washington State Government
Second Biennial Progress Report

December 2010

Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

State agencies’ greenhouse gas reduction strategies were submitted to Ecology in 2011, using the suggested format, below. The emissions reduction tool posted below helped agencies identify and understand actions to reduce their emissions. This is a one time requirement. However, by October 1st of each even-numbered year beginning in 2012, each state agency must report to Ecology the actions taken under the strategy to meet the emission reduction targets for the preceding fiscal biennium.


Camille St. Onge,, 360-407-6932