Lake Stevens Journal - Your hometown newspaper since 1960


Sustainability plan will help Snohomish County reduce its environmental impact


October 1, 2013

Environmental responsibility and sustainability are more than just buzzwords. For Snohomish County, they’re part of a concrete effort to take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from government operations.

The county recently adopted a Sustainable Operations Action Plan (SOAP) – its first internal climate action plan focusing on environmental stewardship in government operations. The County Council unanimously adopted the SOAP on Sept. 3, and on Sept. 24, County Executive Lovick issued Executive Order 13-48A regarding implementation of the plan. The SOAP establishes a roadmap with goals, measurable objectives and action items to reduce the county’s environmental impact over a five-year time frame.

“We can’t wait to take action on climate change. The Sustainable Operations Action Plan reinforces our commitment to actively address this issue” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. “In the past few years we’ve made great strides in reducing our impact on the environment, but we have more work ahead of us.”

Snohomish County’s Office of Energy and Sustainability and an internal team from different county departments and offices led development of the SOAP. County departments are already implementing the SOAP, and the Office of Energy and Sustainability will track progress in achieving the SOAP goals and objectives.

“It’s important that we make efficiency and sustainability part of every discussion,” said County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “What makes this good policy is the comprehensive approach it takes on improving how we operate.”

For more information on the county’s Sustainable Operations Action Plan, please contact Lisa Dulude in the Office of Energy and Sustainability at or 425-388-3965.


Reader Comments