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Climate Change


Climate Change Action in Whatcom County

Many public organizations in Whatcom County have implemented programs to reduce or
eliminate their contributions to climate change. Click on the links below to learn more.


Climate Change Information
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) provides comprehensive information about the science of climate change and the social and political
considerations surrounding the issue on the USEPA Climate Change Website globe.


10 Things You Can Do to Save Energy and Help Prevent Climate Change

You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make a big difference!

1. Check Your Tires - Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas
mileage by 3%.  Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps twenty pounds of carbon dioxide out of our air.

2. Change a Light Bulb - Replacing one light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) can save $45 and 785 lbs of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.  They’re a
bargain – they use one third the energy and last ten times longer.  New CFLs have been created with warm, pleasing colors for your home.

3. Buy Green Power - Did you know that Puget Sound Energy offers all their customers the choice to buy electricity from renewable sources? It’s easy and inexpensive; as little as $4 a month. But it is one of the most effective things that
you can do today –$4 a month prevents nearly two tons of carbon dioxide a year!
Contact PSE for Green Power, 1-800-562-1482 or

4. Look for the ENERGY STAR Label - Energy efficient choices can save
families about a third on their energy bill, without sacrificing features, style or
comfort. Most products that use energy are rated, so next time you buy a
computer or stereo or replace your refrigerator, hot water heater, or furnace,
look for the label that tells you it will save you money and cut greenhouse gas

5. Buy Locally Grown, Organic Food - Locally grown, organic foods don’t
have to be trucked long distances, refrigerated for weeks, and they require
far less energy to produce. Plus they are healthier and taste better!
- Check out the Bellingham Farmers Market or the grocers who support our
local farms.
- To receive a map of local farms go to

6. Reduce Idling - Waiting at an espresso stand, in a ferry lane or school zone?
After 30 seconds you’ve burned more fuel than it would take to restart your car.

Idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. You can reduce pollution and save fuel by turning
off your engine.

7. Use a Programmable Thermostat  - The EPA estimates that you can save
$150 a year. Why pay to heat and cool when you’re not there? A programmable thermostat will shut your heat off when you leave, and warm your home up again before you get back. You might not notice that you’ve been saving energy . . . 
until you get your bill.

8. Turn Off Electrical Devices  - When you’re not using them, turn off or unplug
your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer. It will save thousands of
pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

9. Make Smart Transportation Choices - Carpool, walk, bike or take the bus
a couple of times a week.  Or group your errands to save trips.  You’ll reduce a
pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive. Be rewarded for biking,
busing or walking by signing up for Smart Trips:

10. Recycle - Reusing and recycling products means we don’t have to use
energy to make new ones. Recycling alone can reduce your home’s carbon
dioxide emissions by 850 pounds per year.
Visit our recycling webpage or
call the Recycling Hotline at 676-5723 with recycling questions.