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It's Easy Being Green

Let King County show you how.

For more information on 'Easy Being Green' please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager.

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Easy everyday actions can make a big difference

Global climate change is a challenge, and it is also an opportunity for all of us to work together and make a difference in reducing the impacts and improving conditions locally. Whether it’s participating in a habitat restoration event, learning smart purchasing tips from “EcoConsumer” Tom Watson or finding the best sources of locally grown fresh food, King County can show you how “It’s Easy Being Green.”

Join King County this April as we celebrate Earth MonthEvents
Join King County this summer at one of our many events designed to help keep our region healthy.

What King County is doing
Executive Constantine's Climate Change Agenda

King County Climate Change site

 

Climate change infographic
See what King County is doing to confront climate change. - 790 KB PDF

Household Choices

Household Choices Eco-Cool Remodel Tool provides remodeling tips for healthy, comfortable spaces that can save you money, increase your home’s value and help protect the environment.

King County’s GreenTools Program helps builders, residents, businesses, governments and others create green buildings and sustainable infrastructure. GreenTools also provides technical assistance, hands-on training and grants.

Using fluorescent bulbs and tubes are great ways to save energy but they contain dangerous mercury and must be properly recycled.

Consider creating an office supplies exchange at work. Reusable office supplies reduce the purchase of new supplies and prevent old supplies from being sent to landfills.

Natural yard care reduces the need for landscape pesticides around homes and businesses. Find Easy tips on how to do this.

Take your household hazardous waste to the traveling Wastemobile. What can you bring?

 

Commuting Choices

Commuting Choices Ride the bus instead of driving alone and you’ll reduce greenhouse gases and the amount of green leaving your wallet.

Join or start a Metro vanpool Metro’s Vanpool Program has low monthly fares that include gas, insurance, maintenance and roadside service.

Try carpooling Share the ride with neighbors and friends to save gas and other commute costs–and use the carpool lane to zip past traffic. It’s easy to find a rideshare partner.

 

Consumer Choices

Recycle electronics at a Take it Back Network location. They will take back products such as computers, TVs, cell phones and certain other household electronics. You can recycle computers, monitors, TVs and e-readers for free at E-Cycle Washington (external) locations.

Consumer Choices"What do I do with?" website offers information on how to recycle, re-use or properly dispose of nearly 100 categories of items—from electronics to propane tanks.

King County’s EcoConsumer Program offers resources to help balance consuming with conserving.

Safely dispose of your left over or expired medications at a pharmacy or law enforcement office.

Choosing environmentally friendly, biodegradable household cleaning and personal care products minimizes the entry of harmful chemicals into the environment.

Careful what you flush. The label might say "flushable," but disposable wipes and other products are clogging our sewer lines and damaging pumps and other equipment.

Shop at businesses that have been recognized for reducing hazardous materials and waste. Find an EnviroStars business.

Report Illegal Dumping. Help protect our environment by reporting litter and illegal dump sites as soon as you see them. Call the King County Illegal Dumping Hotline at 206-296-SITE (7483), toll-free 866-431-7483, or file your report online.

Find pesticide-free places for you and your family to play. Find an outdoor area in King County managed with few to no pesticides, to protect people, water and wildlife. Search an interactive map for parks, gardens, and trails by name, city or zip code. Kids and pets enjoy lawns and playgrounds worry-free.

 

Food Choices

Food Choices Food scraps and food-soiled paper make up more than 30 percent of residential garbage. Learn how to recycle food scraps in your curbside yard waste cart.

King County farmers grow fresh food year ‘round with nearly 1,500 farms across the County and more than three dozen farmers markets. Buying locally supports King County’s agricultural community.

Learn about King County’s Local Food Initiative, to expand the supply of healthy foods, increase access to them, and help make farmlands profitable and less likely to be developed.

 

School Choices

King County Green Schools Program provides on-site, hands-on assistance, tools, and resources to help schools and school districts to engage the entire school and district in stewardship actions, improve conservation practices, and operate environmentally efficient facilities. Schools and districts are recognized as King County Green Schools and Green School Districts after completing actions in the following program levels: Waste Reduction and Recycling; Energy Conservation; and Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention.

King County Waste Reduction and Recycling School Education Program provides an assembly program for elementary schools, interactive classroom workshops for grades 1 – 12, guidance and recognition for student Green Teams, an annual Earth Heroes at School award program, and a workshop for teachers on household hazardous waste lessons.