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It's Easy Being Green

Let King County show you how.

For more information on 'Easy Being Green' please contact Glynnis Vaughan, communication specialist.


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 April as we celebrate Earth Month in one of our many events to help keep our region healthy.

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

King County Climate Change site


The Sustainability Conference for Business & Government

The Sustainability Conference for Business & Government
April 29-30, The Conference Center Use “KINGCOUNTY14” for 50% off

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.

Find pesticide-free places for you and your family to play.


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.