Climate Change


The Thurston County region is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, as well as preparing for bigger storms, deeper droughts, and other unavoidable impacts. Thurston Regional Planning Council led two regional projects to assess our vulnerabilities to climate impacts, and identify actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changing climate impacts. Dive into these projects and regional data related to climate change.  

Climate Data

Explore regional data around activities that contribute to climate change, and the impacts already being felt by our communities.


In January 2018, TRPC adopted the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan, which includes 91 actions to help the region prepare for and adjust to climate impacts. The national award-winning plan’s actions are the result of a science-based risk assessment and creative public-engagement strategy that includes an animated video and board game. Visit the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan page to learn more.


In 2020, a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County approved a multijurisdictional climate mitigation plan.  The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan provides a framework for climate mitigation in our region, including strategies and actions to reduce regional emissions 45% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 85% below 2015 levels by 2050. Visit the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan page to learn more.

Related Plans and Projects