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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has officially adopted a new Strategic Plan.
The new Strategic Plan aims to guide the strategic direction of the Agency through 2030 and addresses key climate and air quality issues, including disparities in air pollution between communities. The Agency’s new vision is “healthy air, climate, and environmental justice for the benefit of all people in the Puget Sound region.” The Agency’s Board of Directors officially approved the plan in January 2023.
The Plan recognizes the decade ahead has the potential to be transformational, with a growing regional population, clean technology advances and accessibility, and new policy frameworks at the state and federal level. The plan incorporates flexibility for the Agency to adjust its actions to changing circumstances and opportunities while still improving air quality and its associated health outcomes for the Puget Sound region’s residents.
The Strategic Plan outlines goals and objectives for the Agency through 2030, including:
- Air pollution overall drops by 20% from 2022 to 2030, and the annual economic impact of air pollution health effects drops by at least $500 million
- Cancer risk from toxic air pollutants reduces by 50% from 2022 to 2030, especially in overburdened communities
- Socioeconomic disparities in air pollution exposure are cut in half from 2022 to 2030
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Puget Sound region drop by 50% compared to 1990 levels
The Agency conducted substantial community engagement throughout development of the plan in 2022, receiving input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations. Main mechanisms for input included multiple interactive community workshops, listening sessions with community-based organizations, and also an online open house that provided the opportunity to provide input on a draft fall 2022 version of the Plan. Community engagement is summarized in the Community Engagement Report and this video (roughly one hour) shares main themes heard from community, and how those themes are addressed in the Strategic Plan. Frequently asked questions during community engagement are addressed here.
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