King County-Cities Climate Collaboration Elected Official Working Summit
In February 2014, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett hosted the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration Elected Official Working Summit.
Thirteen cities representing roughly three quarters of King County’s population participated in the kickoff event, and all King County cities are encouraged to become engaged as the initial summit leads to next steps.
John Cleveland, President of the Innovation Network for Communities, shared how other local governments around the country are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. He underscored the value – and the opportunity – for local governments in King County to be a national model for harmonizing climate actions at a regional scale.
Elizabeth Willmott from Climate Solutions New Energy Cities Program shared information about how far federal and state laws such as federal vehicle efficiency standards and Washington State’s Energy Code and Renewable Portfolio Standard will take us towards reducing GHG emissions and presented information on potential pathways that in combination could help put the region on track to make deep reductions in climate pollution.
Several next steps building on the summit are underway through the Spring of 2014, including working together through the Growth Management Planning Council to develop shared greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, to better tell the story of the climate change challenge and solutions, to get more cities involved, and to develop a package of principles and potential joint county-city climate commitments.
If you have any questions about this effort, please contact Matt Kuharic