Our Municipal Story
How is the City doing overall?In February 2007, Bellevue City Council passed Resolution 7517, formally adopting a goal to reduce emissions by 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 (which aligned with the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol). This goal was extended to municipal operations as well.
Bellevue Municipal Emissions, Compared to City Council Goal of 7% Below 1990 Levels
What are the largest contributors to our municipal emissions?
Government operations take energy, from the fleet fuel we use to the electricity to power streetlights, traffic signals, and pump stations. You may be surprised to learn that municipal building electricity is the largest source of our emissions! Note: Materials purchased includes the CO2 impact of paper. Buildings and Stations include electricity, fossil fuels, and waste emissions from all of Bellevue's city owned or operated facilities, such as pump stations, community centers, and city hall.
Municipal Emissions by Sector, 2016 (Tonnes)
What is the percent building energy use by Department?The chart to the right shows the percent breakdown of energy use, in million-BTU, by Department, for most city buildings and stations. Civic Services includes some of the city's largest buildings, including City Hall and the Bellevue Service Center.
Bellevue 2016 Energy Use by Municipal Department (MMBtu)
What is our average energy use per square foot?
Over the years, efficiency improvements made in Bellevue municipal buildings have saved substantial amounts of energy. Improvements include switching to LED lighting, installing highly-efficient heating and cooling systems, adjusting set-points, fine-tuning operating schedules, buying more energy-efficient computers, and installing faucet aerators to reduce hot water. These improvements have reduced energy use by almost 20 kilo-British Thermal Units (kBtu) per square foot from 2011 to 2017.