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PROGRESS ON OUR GOALS

Carbon Footprint & Energy Use

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas produced by burning oil, gas, and coal, which contributes to climate change and extreme weather. Since energy conservation can reduce the amount of fossil fuel needed to operate buildings and provide transportation, the City will continue to reduce energy use in its own operations and assist the Shoreline community in reducing own energy needs through greener buildings and fuel-efficient vehicles.

 Two charts with one showing the City's target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and the other chart showing communitywide greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 decreasing by 50 percent by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

Infographic showing the City's vehicle fleet achieving an average of 10.2 mpg by 2030.

Infographic showing 250 green residential units being built in the community since 2006 and a target of having over 700 built by 2030. Also show City's target of increasing the square footage of commercial space by 33% by 2030.

Shoreline's City Hall Takes the Gold in Energy Efficiency

Shoreline City Hall is a highly efficient, LEED® Gold-certified building with innovative energy- and water-saving features, including solar shades to keep the building cooler on sunny days, and a 3,050-square-foot green roof that insulates the structure. In 2012, City Hall was responsible for 33% fewer emissions than a typical Northwest office building and 10% fewer emissions than a typical ENERGYSTAR office building, per square foot.

Water Use

We are fortunate in the Pacific Northwest to have abundant water for fish, wildlife, and drinking water, but climate change will bring warmer weather and drier summers that can increase the demand for water. Water also requires energy to transport, clean, and heat for irrigating and drinking. To lower Shoreline’s carbon footprint, conserve resources, and save money, the City aims to reduce water use in its operations and help residents and businesses do the same.

Infographic showing water consumption. In 2010, the average Shoreline resident used 25 gallons of water during the year. The City's goal is to keep water use at the 2010 level, even as population increases. That means decreasing water use by 40% compared to 2016  levels in future years.

Saving Water with Efficient Irrigation

The City has been installing high-efficiency irrigation controls in parks and facilities since 2005. Water efficiency is especially important along the Aurora corridor, since irrigation at these locations composed one-third of the City’s entire municipal water use in 2012. To increase water efficiency along the Aurora corridor, the City installed an innovative control system to easily and quickly monitor irrigation water use and turn it off during rain events.

Clean, Renewable Energy

Moving to clean, renewable energy just makes sense. It cuts pollution, helping to clean our air. It saves money and prevents resources from being depleted. And it creates local jobs here in the Pacific Northwest.

Infographic showing renewable energy capacity. The Shoreline community currently has the capacity to produce 117 kilowatts of renewable energy for its own use. The City set a goal to grow that amount to 200 kilowatts by 2030.

Solarize Shoreline Campaign

Shoreline collaborated with nonprofit Spark Northwest to launch Solarize Shoreline, a bulk-purchasing program that helped residents leverage their collective purchasing power to install solar systems at a deep discount. The City also partnered with Shoreline Community College and contractor Northwest Electric & Solar to implement the project. Through the campaign, over 203 households learned about solar options, and Northwest Electric & Solar installed 16 solar arrays, adding 117 kilowatts of renewable energy generation capacity to Shoreline.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Audit your home, then take action

A recent study conducted for King County found that retrofitting homes to consume less energy, both through improvements to the building envelope (walls, floors, and roofs) and upgrades in heating and air-conditioning systems, can reduce household energy use and greenhouse gas pollution by 45%.

Lower your landscaping water needs

Rhododendron flower

Native plants are adapted to our climate of wet winters and dry summers, and require less water and attention than non-natives require. Visit King County’s Native Plant Guide to start adding native plants, such as beach strawberries, red elderberries, and big-leaf maples into your yard or garden.

Attend Solarfest

Vendor speaking to someone at 2013 SolarfestThe Shoreline Solar Project, a local nonprofit established in 2004, hosts an annual renewable energy and sustainable living fair called NW SolarFest. Located at the Shoreline Community College, the event features live music, speakers, workshops, electric car displays, energy-efficient home tours, and over 100 exhibitors and vendors.