Climate Action Plan

Burien is developing our first Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will establish actions the city and community can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will propose strategies to keep Burien a sustainable community.

In late 2019, the Burien City Council adopted the updated King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) joint letter of commitment which establishes GHG emissions reduction targets for county wide sources by at least 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050, compared to a 2007 baseline.

Accomplishing the goals of the CAP will require cooperation of City staff, businesses, and residents that make up our Burien community.

What is climate change?

Climate change is a shift in regional and global patterns largely attributed to the increased levels of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Climate is the “average” weather for certain areas, whereas weather reflects short-term conditions like day-to-day or season-to-season. For example, the Puget Sound regional climate typically has dry summers, winter rains, and mild temperatures year-round. The Puget Sound is starting to see the effects of climate change through increased air temperatures and larger rainfall events. 

Tackling climate change is not only vital for the local environment, but our community as well. Climate change amplifies current and historical inequities, putting communities with the least amount of resources at the highest risk from the impacts.

Community engagement

Burien wants to hear from the community about their vision of a sustainable and thriving city. We want to understand our community’s priorities and where we can make the biggest impacts to reduce GHG emissions and create a resilient city. 

While in-person engagement is limited in consideration of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the CAP will be informed through a variety of methods such as a project website, public virtual meetings, and surveys.

Please visit the events calendar for information on upcoming events where your input is needed.

If you are interested in learning more or receiving updates on progress of the Climate Action Plan, please send an email to


PLAN: Winter – Summer 2020

  • Gather data from utilities
  • Complete the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory
  • Begin GHG emissions forecast

ANALYZE: Fall 2020

  • Finalize GHG emissions forecast and set reduction targets
  • Finalize Community Outreach plan

ENGAGE: Spring 2021 – Summer 2021

  • Final community outreach plan
  • Begin community engagement
  • Draft CAP

FINALIZE: Summer — Fall 2021

  • Community review of plan
  • Present final plan to council

MONITOR: Winter 2022 – Beyond

  • Implement City and community actions