It's easy being green. Let King County show you how.
Ideas to reduce greenhouse gases
- Plant trees that absorb CO2 from our air;
- When you can, bus, bike or walk instead of driving;
- Be energy efficient at home and work;
- Weatherize and insulate your house;
- When you need to replace appliances or a vehicle, stretch for a high-efficiency replacement;
- Become an EcoConsumer;
- Seek zero waste - reduce, reuse, recycle, compost;
- Buy locally-grown food (external link);
- Make your home and garden greener;
- Learn your carbon footprint (external link);
- Plug in…to the local environmental action community.
Envirostars (external link)
Directory of environmentally-friendly businesses for citizens who prefer doing business with companies proven to care for our environment.
The Dirt: calendar of hands-on volunteer events
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty doing good things alongside your neighbors.
Northwest natural yard and garden
Earth-friendly tips, tools and resources King County provides to save resources, reduce pollution, and promote sustainability and biodiversity in the maritime Pacific Northwest region that includes King County.
- How to set up a rain barrel or cistern
Save rainwater to water thirsty plants later and reduce your stormwater runoff too.
Stormwater runoff pollution and how to reduce it
Find out how you can help keep lakes, streams and Puget Sound clean.
Services and resources for developers, architects, engineers and homeowners to build in ways that are beneficial now and over the long-term.
- Land stewardship
Find out how to make a stewardship plan in rural areas and related to agriculture and forestry.
- Tax incentives for resource protection
Programs that offer tax breaks in exchange for applying practices that serve the greater good on private land.
- Transfer of Development Rights Program
Sell development rights to rural lands for purchase by builders pursuing higher density designs in urban areas.
Conservation Futures Program
King County celebrates 30 years of land stewardship, funding the protection of forests, farms and recreation areas across King County.
Basin Stewards Program
Professional contacts available to work with landowners and public agency officials to protect local habitats. Basin Stewards are are familiar with specific King County watersheds, their local communities and natural resources.
Lake Stewardship Program
Program offers advice, training, technical expertise and grant sponsorship to help people monitor and manage the County's many ponds and lakes.
Environmental resources for teachers and students
Learn about King County's educational programs and find environmentally-oriented information developed for learners young and old.
Puget Sound Fresh (external link)
Look up fresh produce to buy from local farms in King County and around Puget Sound.
It's Easy Being Green: let King County show you how
What we eat, what we buy, how we travel and how we connect with nature can positively impact the future of our planet. Small choices can add up to big changes.
Forestry CPR: Climate Preparedness and Response
Learn how to optimize forest health for aesthetics, wood production and to sequester tons of carbon from our atmosphere. Includes map-based tools for parcels in King County, Washington.
As of 2012, 66,072 acres of the land zoned Rural and Agriculture in King County demonstrate stewardship with a farm plan, forest plan and/or enrollment in conservation incentive programs.
- Water and Land Resources Division
- Wastewater Treatment Division
- Parks and Recreation Division
- Solid Waste Division
News and announcements
Aug. 11, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Shortage ahead? Seattle-area consumers asked to cut water use by 10%
Jul. 30, 2014
Local companies recognized for environmental stewardship
Industrial facilities earn awards for business practices that sustain local jobs while protecting water quality
Apr. 19, 2013
King County honors 12 environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Louise Miller, Environmental Catalyst
Cascade Bicycle Club, Leader in Community Stewardship
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW), Leader in Community Stewardship
Aug. 28, 2012
External report, KPLU
Why King County held a party for a property tax
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