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Procurement and Contract Services

Chinook Building
401 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-263-9400 TTY Relay: 711
Fax: 206-296-7675/ 206-296-7676

Environmental Purchasing Program

SPLC logoKing County supports the purchase and use of environmentally preferable products and services with policy and actions by considering multiple product attributes, such as toxicity, durability, emissions, recycled content and conservation of resources, in addition to price, performance and availability. In 2013, King County agencies purchased over $60 million worth of environmentally preferable products, saving $1.8 million compared to the cost of conventional products. The savings are typically found in reduced initial purchase cost and avoided replacement cost due to durability. Oftentimes, there are even more savings through less maintenance, reduced energy and water use, or reduced greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

SPLC Founding Members

King County has been selected as a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC). This new nonprofit organization’s mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.



Annual Sustainability Report

The 2012 Annual Environmental Sustainability Report summarizes information by County operations and service to the broader community surrounding five major goal areas of the county’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP): transportation and land use, energy and green building, forests and agriculture, consumption and materials management, and preparing for climate change impacts.

Copy Paper Reduction

The 2013 target “20 percent reduction in copy paper usage” has been met, one year ahead of schedule. Overall, use is down over 20 percent since 2010.

The County has achieved savings of $218,975 over the past two years, due to these waste reduction efforts, including default double-sided copying, electronic documents in lieu of paper copies and other paper conservation strategies.

Electronics Recycling

e-Stewards Enterprise logoKing County has been designated an “e-Stewards Enterprise” by recycling all of its electronic waste, or
“e-waste” with certified e-Stewards® recyclers per policy.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the Environmental Purchasing Program at 206-263-9294, or email

Note: Documents on this page are available in portable document format (PDF).