King County-Cities Climate Collaboration
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.
Elected Officials from King County and many cities gather after the June 2014 K4C Elected Official Summit
K4C Focus for 2015 & 2016
K4C has partnered with Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program to develop 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 during the summer of 2014. Cities are now considering what these commitments mean. See the latest list of signatories; as of November 2014, nine cities have signed on. Implementing these commitments will be a key focus of the K4C for 2015 and 2016.
Download the Letter of Commitment (258 KB PDF)
K4C – Map of Current Partners (as of March 2015)
Download the Full Resolution Map (1.6 MB PDF)
K4C Recent Accomplishments
Ambitious, Shared, Countywide Climate Targets
- The K4C supported development and outreach efforts that helped lead to the unanimous adoption in July 2014 of ambitious, shared, near term and countywide greenhouse gas reduction targets. These targets are critical to driving local climate action. Against a baseline of 2007 emissions, the new Growth Management Planning Council policy targets a reduction of countywide sources of greenhouse gas emissions of 25 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
Sustainable Cities Roundtable Series
- The K4C is a partner in the development and implementation of the GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Roundtable series, a series of training sessions, discussions and workshops dedicated to green building and climate change.
- K4C partners collaborate to develop, share, and promote sustainability related trainings, workshops, and education opportunities, such as a recent Community Based Social Marketing workshop. The focus on sharing resources between and County and cities has also led to development of a database for K4C partners to access information on various sustainability related projects and programs being led by King County and its cities.
Municipal Revolving Energy Fund
- K4C staff developed locally focused guidance, case studies, recommendations, and resources to support county and city efforts to develop municipal revolving energy funds – programs that help ensure dedicated funding for energy efficiency, clean energy, or other energy reduction projects - *Available for K4C member cities*
Pursuing Financial Support of Local Climate Action
- The K4C is pursuing various funding and grant opportunities to support implementation of K4C priorities - *ONGOING*
Matt Kuharic, Senior Climate Change Specialist
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director's Office
Nicole Sanders, Associate Planner
City of Snoqualmie Planning Department
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.
Other local governments action
City of Bothell - 360 KB PDF
City of Redmond - 197 KB PDF
For more information:
- K4C’s Joint County-City Climate Commitments (258 KB PDF) – this foundational document guides the K4C’s current collaborative work
- Video Highlights of K4C Cities Taking Action: Renton, Snoqualmie and Shoreline (external links).
- Overview of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (528 KB PDF)
- King County Climate Change Homepage
- GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Roundtable Schedule
K4C News and Shared Comment Letters (note, these collaborative statements do not represent the input of all K4C partners – only partners that signed each document):
- March 9, 2016 King County-Cities Climate Collaboration wins national 2016 Climate Leadership Award
- December 5, 2013 King County and Cities Letter to the Washington State Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) (378 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)
- December 17, 2014 Local elected leaders welcome Governor's climate proposal
- January 8, 2015 King County, cities sign ambitious agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change
- September 15, 2015 Executive Constantine and Mayors' comment letter on the Utility and Transportation Commission (UTC) investigation of Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Colstrip Coal Power Plant (384 KB PDF)
- February 3, 2016 Executive Constantine and Mayors' comment letter on Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Integrated Resource Plan (299 KB PDF)
- 2016 Updates:
- K4C Subcommittee Research and Recommendations – Building Commercial Energy Benchmarking Policies (1 MB PDF)
- April 7th, 2016 Green Building and Energy Efficiency Elected Official Summit