Issaquah wins VISION 2050 Award

ISSAQUAH – The City of Issaquah has won a VISION 2050 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its Carbon Forest Credits for Environmental Stewardship program. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

Seeking a way to preserve a new 33-acre forestland acquisition in perpetuity, the City of Issaquah began working with a national nonprofit carbon registry to sell carbon credits as part of tree preservation program.

“For the City of Issaquah, carbon crediting became a new and innovative revenue source to support the preservation and stewardship of this newly acquired urban forestland, previously under threat of development,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC. “This could be a great tool for other cities in the central Puget Sound region.”

VISION 2050 is the region’s plan for growth. By 2050, the region's population will reach 5.8 million people. The region’s cities, counties, Tribes, ports, agencies, businesses, and communities have worked together to develop VISION 2050 to prepare for this growth and serve as a guide for sustaining a healthy environment, thriving communities and a strong economy.

The award was presented at the Issaquah City Council Meeting on August 7, 2023.