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Climate change

King County is responding

For more information about climate change in King County, please send us an e-mail.

What can you do?


Climate change is a challenge, but it is also an opportunity for each of us to show that we can work together and make a collective difference in reducing climate pollution.


Key steps for business to respond to climate change include reducing your climate pollution and planning for climate change impacts.

What government can do

Other governments

Local, regional and state governments are also developing comprehensive responses to climate change.

King County

To protect and enhance our environment, public health and economy, King County is committed to its ongoing leadership role of responding to human caused climate change.

Featured resources

Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response Website

Forestry CPR King County unveils a new online resource for King County landowners and others interested in the relationship between climate change and forests. Learn how climate change could impact your forest and discover solutions for your property.

Impacts of Climate Change

King County faces its own set of challenges related to climate change. This updated section presents known impacts to the environment, human health and the economy resulting from climate change in King County. Learn more specifics of how climate change has an impact on the people and the environment around you.

Localize Sustainability

Localize Sustainability provides King County residents with unique, local insights on their most beneficial sustainability actions — in terms of saving money, living healthier, and shrinking environmental footprint.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County (published February 2012)

King County Green Report This report quantifies emissions from the entire King County community including governments, residents and business, presenting results from two different, but complementary, inventories of GHG emissions.
Read the report

2012 King County Strategic Climate Action Plan

The plan synthesizes and focuses King County's most critical goals, objectives, and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change. The plan provides "one-stop-shopping" for county decision-makers, employees, and the general public to learn about the County’s most critical climate change actions. Read the plan.

Learn more about What King County is doing

Multimedia and Videos

Food Too Good to Waste – King County Video Series

Eastside Rail Corridor – King County Overview

Archive of King County climate change related videos — More than 20 topics!

Quick links

Executive Constantine’s Priority on Confronting Climate Change

King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

2013 Annual Report of King County's Climate Change, Energy, Green Building and Environmental Purchasing Programs (Published June 2014) - 1.6MB pdf

Executive Constantine’s Comments as part of the Governor’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force (CERT) – November 2014 – 219KB pdf

King County DNRP’s 'Beyond Carbon Neutral' commitment

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County Report

Archive of King County climate change related videos — More than 20 topics!

Coal and Oil

March, 13, 2015
Leaders join broad coalition on oil trains - The Columbian

Safe Energy Leadership Alliance

March 3, 2015
Elected leaders gather in Portland as surge in oil-train traffic increases risk to public safety

May 14, 2014
Executive Constantine calls for review of proposal to resume coal mining near Black Diamond — 66 KB pdf

May 14, 2014
King County technical comments on proposal to resume coal mining near Black Diamond (8 pages) – 926 KB pdf

November 18, 2013
Executive Constantine’s comment letter on the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals' coal export terminal near Longview, WA — 115 KB pdf

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Climate science news

November 2, 2014
5 Key Takeaways From the Latest (IPCC) Climate Change Report - National Geographic

September 10, 2014
5th Annual PNW Climate Science Conference – Online Archive of Presentations

May 8, 2014
Report: Climate-change effects are already apparent in NW - Seattle Times

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Climate action news

March 12, 2015
Debate on climate change should be over - Seattle Times Editorial 

February 25, 2015
King County becomes largest government in U.S. to pilot new energy-tracking system used by Microsoft

February 3, 2015
King County Council takes bold action to cap carbon emissions - Maple Valley Reporter

January 8, 2015
Coalition of King County Cities Adopt Formal Goals In Climate Pact - KPLU

January 8, 2015
King County, cities sign ambitious agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change

December 17, 2014
Local elected leaders welcome Governor's climate proposal

November 17, 2014
Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force Findings and Governor Inslee’s Response

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