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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?

individual

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.

Business

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 Annual Report of King County's Climate Change, Energy, Green Building and Environmental Purchasing Programs (published June 2013)

King County Sustainability Report The 2011 Annual Report of King County’s Climate Change, Energy, Green Building and Environmental Purchasing Programs provides an integrated view of interdependent, mutually beneficial programs. 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

Keepers of the Beat: Glaciers in the North Cascades National Park

Quick links

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

Learn King County is confronting climate change

King County announces local food initiative

King County DNRP’s 'Beyond Carbon Neutral' commitment

December 5, 2013
King County and Cities Letter to the Washington State Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) – 378 KB PDF

2012 Annual Report of King County's Climate Change, Energy, Green Building and Environmental Purchasing Programs (Published June 2013)

2010 Energy Plan

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County Report

Impacts of Climate Change in King County

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


Coal Export and Coal Energy

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

July 31, 2013
Executive Constantine and Mayors' comment letter on Puget Sound Energy's long term plans and its Colstrip Coal Power Plant — 152 KB pdf

July 31, 2013
Executive Constantine on scope of environmental review for Bellingham coal export terminal

June 12, 2013
Northwest coal terminals: Executive Constantine's letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — 106KB PDF

January 16, 2013
Executive Constantine's Scoping Comments on Coal Trains and the Gateway Pacific Terminal — 557KB PDF


Climate science news

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

October 11, 2013
Major project completed along Cedar River to restore habitat and reduce flood risk

September 30, 2013
King County leaders urge floodplain residents to guard against complacency - Kent Reporter

September 12, 2013
Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn - Seattle Times

July 26, 2013
Nomination of King County Executive Dow Constantine to President Obama's White House Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Community Resiliency – Climate Solutions – 1.4 MB pdf

July 25, 2013
What 3.6 degrees means for snowpack in the Western Cascades – Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Climate action news

Sep. 12, 2014
Executive's budget to call for accelerating energy efficiency projects throughout King County

Sep. 9, 2014
Executive Constantine joins 65 elected leaders to call for a statewide clean fuels standard

Aug. 20, 2014
Metro will use a federal grant to test battery-powered, zero-emission buses
Ten years after first hybrid buses, Metro delivers an even more energy-efficient fleet

December 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down

December 12, 2013
How we can use nature to fend off flooding in Puget Sound - Seattle Times

December 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down

December 11, 2013
King County Green Building Policy Top in Nation For Sustainability - King 5

December 11, 2013
Energy-efficiency reaps rewards for sewer utility ratepayers

December 10, 2013
Major flood protection project completed along Green River

December 9, 2013
Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance

December 9, 2013
Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance