Everything we do in Kirkland needs to happen in a sustainable way.
I’m proud of Kirkland’s Sustainability Master Plan, which the City Council adopted last year. This plan sets out goals and actions in many areas, including greenhouse gas emissions, electricity supply, transportation, and city operations. We heard many wonderful ideas from the communitiy during a sustainability summit in 2019. I championed a number of changes that strengthened the plan. Many actions and key policy details need to be implemented in the next three years, which is an important part of my work ahead.
I am an active leader in the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), and its outreach committee. This has supported K4C cities advocacy in state legislation and Puget Sound Energy’s plans considered by the state’s Utility and Transportation Commission, as well as sharing best practices for local policies. K4C shows how cities can work together to help solve a global problem.
My priorities—and Kirkland’s future—is at intersection of climate, transportation, and affordable housing policy. We have the opportunity for significant reduction in emissions with more housing near jobs, connected to transit, in efficient, green buildings. We also need to invest in local connections to enable more transit usage and other ways to walk and roll, including circulator shuttles, greenways, scooters and the Cross Kirkland Corridor.
I'm proud to be endorsed by the Sierra Club.