Total emission reductions from environmental stewardshipRecycling is by far the largest emissions reductions that the city tracks. These savings come from the emissions avoided from manufacturing with virgin products. Emissions avoided from composting account for the methane not put into the atmosphere from landfilling organic waste. Puget Sound Energy is also a critical partner in reducing community emissions. The chart to the right shows the emission reductions due to renewable energy installations in Bellevue, Green Power purchasing, behavioral changes due to Home Energy reports, and the city's public electric vehicle charging stations.
Emissions Avoided from Recycling and Composting (2018)
Emissions Avoided from Various Sustainability Programs (2015)
Solar and wind projects in Bellevue
Renewable projects installed in Bellevue include solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind. The number of projects completed per year have dramatically increased from only one project installed in 2002 to 93 installed in 2014-- largely as a result of a successful "Solarize Bellevue" campaign. At the end of 2017, the total number of solar projects installed was 287. The majority of these projects are residential. Bellevue has also grown purchases of green power in Bellevue over the years. Green power is represented as a negative emission reduction in the chart below since green power avoids the normal regional grid emissions per kWh and are counted as Renewable Energy Credits. Green power is defined as renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal, to a name a few. In 2016 alone a reduction of 16,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions was due to green power purchasing.
Number of Renewable Energy Systems Installed
A picture of the 20 kW solar array on the Bellevue Service Center