In 2020, Redmond City Council declared a Climate Emergency and authorized and urged the Mayor to take action to become a vocal member in our global community. Redmond, like other cities, is at the heart of the chance to both mitigate climate change and prepare for the impacts that are coming. We have the best opportunity to change human behavior by building communities that have more energy efficient buildings, homes, and transportation systems. We also have to prepare for potential threats such as wildfires, high intensity storms, and threats to our water quality. We owe our children an environment that keeps them healthy. We can and must be careful with our future. Redmond is city where the success of the local economy and the health of the environment are essentially linked by the nature of their common need. The natural beauty and health of Redmond’s environment is a primary attraction for employers and employees. People want to live here and enjoy the quality of their life as defined by the beauty of a healthy eco-system including trees, clean air and water, parks and trails. They take civic pride in the fact that Redmond historically has been good stewards over healthy wetlands, an abundant tree canopy, and protected water ways that support a vibrant fish and wildlife habitat.