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 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.
Download the Letter of Commitment (258 KB PDF)
K4C – Map of Current Partners (as of April 2017)
Download the Full Resolution Map (1.6 MB PDF)
For more information about the K4C:
- K4C’s Joint County-City Climate Commitments (258 KB PDF) – this foundational document guides the K4C’s current collaborative work
- 2017 K4C Workplan and Budget - annual report to the King County Council (259 KB PDF)
- Overview of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (from 2014) (528 KB PDF)
- GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Roundtable Schedule
- King County Climate Change Homepage
- Video Highlights of K4C Cities Taking Action: K4C Elected Official Summit, Renton, Snoqualmie and Shoreline (external links).
2016 and 2017 Updates
- 2017 K4C Elected Official Summit: Walking the Talk - Sustainable Government Operations
- Two Page Summary: Agenda and Recommendations (351 KB PDF)
- 2016 K4C Elected Official Summit: Green Building and Energy Efficiency
- K4C Subcommittee Research and Recommendations – Building Commercial Energy Benchmarking Policies (1 MB PDF)
K4C in the News
- March 4, 2017 K4C wins Sustainability Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle
- March 9, 2016 King County-Cities Climate Collaboration wins national 2016 Climate Leadership Award
- January 8, 2015 King County, cities sign ambitious agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change
K4C Shared Comment Letters:
(note, these collaborative statements do not represent the input of all K4C partners – only partners that signed each document)
- April 11, 2017 — Executive Constantine and Mayors' comment letter to the Utilities and Transportation Commission related to policy on Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure
- February 3, 2016 — Executive Constantine and Mayors' comment letter on Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Integrated Resource Plan (299 KB PDF)
- 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)
- December 17, 2014 — Local elected leaders welcome Governor's climate proposal
- 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)
K4C Co-Chairs/Contacts and How to Stay Connected
Matt Kuharic, Senior Climate Change Specialist
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director's Office
Nicole Sanders, Climate & Long Range Senior Planner
City of Snoqualmie Planning Department
The K4C maintains an email listserve through which periodic updates of K4C related work are provided to interested partners. To sign up to be included on this list, please email Matt Kuharic
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.