Sustainable Sequim

Sequim is a beautiful place to live, work and recreate ~ and everyone wants to keep it that way! 

Cities are on the front line for climate resilience, and Sequim wants to lead. City Council and staff are directed by two resolutions in particular related to addressing impacts from a changing climate:

  • R2012-11 on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 
  • R2016-16 on improving the City's sustainability and resiliency

City staff reports annually on internal progress implementing these resolutions.  Click here to see a video of the latest staff presentation.  The work continues with new actions selected each year. 

The City values resiliency and that is expressed at the staff and departmental levels. Following are several notable examples of recent actions and ongoing programs and services. 



reducing Emissions

  • Converting fleet from gas and diesel to alternative fuel / low-no emissions (started in 2013 and purchased EV or natural gas vehicles almost every year since)
  • Developed alternatives to driving to conduct work (online meetings, telecommuting, etc.) (2020)
  • Building/rebuilding sidewalks & bike lanes and hosting the Sequim Bicycle Alliance to encourage active transportation and improve public health (started in 2015)

health + environment

  • Hosting community gardens and the farmers market
  • Avoiding toxics and pesticides, especially near water bodies
  • Tree City USA with new plantings every year including nut and fruit trees in public spaces
  • Bike Friendly Community and celebrating Bike Month every May

Waste + Recycling

  • Using asset management to stay on top of infrastructure maintenance, to stay resilient
  • Increasing use of online bill pay by utility customers and paying our bills electronically
  • Asphalt is recycled and reused as base layer in street projects, and backfill from utility trenches is also re-used

Community + Partnerships

  • Helping coordinate regional emergency management/response and participating in regional hazard mitigation planning and preparations (2020)
  • Communicating the importance of maintaining resilience, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Maintaining strong local and regional partnerships and memberships with other entities working on natural resource management and/or public health resilience 
  • Supporting seven neighborhood designations with kiosks for sharing info
  • Seeking grants to help fund City and regional environmental priorities
Logo Final for Sustainable Sequim - three leaf stems around a globe

What can you do? See tabs on left for how to reduce your carbon footprint, conserve water, recycle right, and more

Square shape City staff using recycling bin on plaza

Watch the City Mayor's Proclamation for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, plus a statement from 2020 Sequim HS Senior Wren Fierro-Burdick

Earth Day video entry screen


Resolution 2012-11: Establishing a Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Policy

Resolution 2016-16: Adopting Policies that Improve the City’s Sustainability and Resiliency

Sustainability Best Practices Framework, Institute for Local Government, California

Drawdown Framework, Project Drawdown


Capture ILG framework