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Procurement and Payables

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

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King County's award winning Environmental Purchasing Program provides county personnel with information and technical assistance to help them identify, evaluate, and purchase economical and effective environmentally preferable products and services. Environmentally preferable procurement considers multiple product attributes, such as toxicity, durability, emissions, recycled content and conservation of resources, in addition to price, performance and availability. The program is guided by the county's environmental purchasing policy and is supported by additional sustainable strategic goals and policies.


News update

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

King County representatives for SPLC 2015 Outstanding Case Studies Awards winners

King County is a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC).

At the SPLC Annual Summit, held in Seattle, King County won three 2015 Outstanding Case Studies Awards

  • King County’s Environmental Purchasing Program
  • King County Metro Transit Fleet Purchases
  • West Point Treatment Plant Renewable Energy – Purchasing Partnerships

Strategic Climate Action Plan


King County's 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan has five goal areas:

  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Buildings and Facilities Energy
  • Green Building
  • Consumption and Materials Management
  • Forests and Agriculture 

The Consumption and Materials Management chapter includes information on purchasing related climate goals 

Copy Paper Reduction


Measure: Total cases of copy paper purchased.

Target: Compared to 2010 levels, reduce copy paper usage by 20 percent by 2013, 30 percent by 2016, and by at least 35 percent by 2020.

Current Status: The County is 22 percent below 2010 levels in copy paper usage.

GHG Emissions Reduction: 225 MTCO2e reduction for 2014 compared to the 2010 baseline

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).