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King County and thirteen cities — Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila — are collaborating through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness of local government climate and sustainability action.

Through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), county and city staff are partnering on:

  • Outreach – to develop, refine, and utilize messaging and tools for climate change outreach to engage decision makers, other cities, and the general public
  • Coordination – to adopt consistent standards, benchmarks, strategies, and overall goals related to responding to climate change
  • Solutions – to share local success stories, challenges, data and products that support and enhance climate mitigation efforts by all partners
  • Funding and resources – to secure grant funding and other shared resource opportunities to support climate related projects and programs

All King County cities are encouraged to join into this effort, which is supporting and enhancing projects and programs in focus areas such as green building, using and producing renewable energy, sustainability outreach and education, and alternative transportation.

King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) Elected Officials from King County and many cities gather after the June 2014 K4C Elected Official Summit

Elected Officials from King County and many cities gather after a K4C Elected Official Summit

K4C Focus for 2017 & 2018

K4C has developed a Letter of Commitment, Principles for Collaboration, and Joint County-City Climate Commitments (258 KB PDF) — that will help get the region on track towards shared and ambitious climate targets adopted through the Growth Management Planning Council. Cities are now following through on these commitments. Implementing these commitments will be a key focus of the K4C for 2017 and 2018.

K4C – Map of Current Partners (as of April 2017)

For more information about the K4C:

2016 and 2017 Updates

K4C in the News

K4C Shared Comment Letters:

(note, these collaborative statements do not represent the input of all K4C partners – only partners that signed each document)

K4C Co-Chairs/Contacts

Matt Kuharic, Senior Climate Change Specialist
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director's Office
206-477-4554 (office)

Nicole Sanders, Climate & Long Range Senior Planner
City of Snoqualmie Planning Department
425-888-5337 ext.1143

Special thanks to former Antioch University Graduate Student Linda Lyshall. Her research helped lead to the formation of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. See also:

Lyshall, Linda (2011). Collaboration and Climate Action at the Local Scale. Doctoral Dissertation, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH. Retrieved from OhioLink Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center.