King County’s green resource hub
King County can help you make greener choices. Visit the links to learn easy tips for saving money and improving our environment.
Greening consumer choices
- Explore the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool, which gives green remodeling tips for healthy spaces that can save money, increase your home’s value, and help protect our environment.
- Learn fun tips on how to balance consumption and conservation year-round through King County’s EcoConsumer Program.
- Choose an environmentally responsible business. Look for the EnviroStars decal. More than 800 businesses, including landscapers, car repair shops, dry cleaners and dentists that have been certified for environmentally responsible practices and reducing hazardous materials.
Recycling and reusing
- Give your old clothes, even damaged clothes, for reuse or recycling. A number of locations accept clothes, shoes, and linens in any condition except wet.
- Find drop-off locations to safely dispose of your left over medications.
- Using compact fluorescent bulbs and tubes are great ways to save energy but they contain dangerous mercury and must to be properly recycled. Drop your used light bulbs off at 200 convenient collection sites.
- Choose environmentally friendly, biodegradable household cleaning and personal care products to minimize harmful chemicals in our environment.
- Learn how to waste less food and save money, as well as tips on how to recycle food scraps in your curbside yard waste bin.
- Support locally grown food for a sustainable and resilient local food economy and increased access to healthy, affordable food. King County is home to 1,800 farms and more than 40 farmers markets.
- Come Volunteer with King County Parks! Show Mother Earth just how much you love her this month by volunteering at a King County park. Help place native trees and shrubs into pots to prepare for fall habitat plantings or take a little stress and frustration out on some deserving invasive weeds by yanking and digging those roots out. All this hard work helps provide a healthy growing space for native trees and shrubs, and a wonderful place for all to enjoy.
- Volunteer to restore forests and habitat in a King County park or natural area.
- King County offers plenty of pesticide-free outdoor places where kids and pets can safely play.
- Save time and money when you plant native plants and trees; they require less maintenance and need fewer potentially harmful pesticides.
- Ride Metro Transit for a cheaper, stress-free travel. Metro Transit has more than 200 bus routes that you can use to green up your travels. Get around town on the nation’s second largest fleet of zero-emission electric buses, which use less energy, reduce pollution, and make for healthier communities.
- King County is Bicycle Country. Metro Transit has bike racks on all of its buses and on many vanpool vans. King County’s Regional Trails System, which connects communities across the county, offers a commute option along its 175 miles of commuting options.
“Small choices can add up to big changes. The future is in our hands – please join me in keeping King County green. With these steps, it’s easy.” Dow Constantine, King County Executive
Local volunteer efforts
Earth Day planting in Sammamish by Margaret Mead Elementary school students
Thanks Margaret Mead elementary students for helping to beautify the East Lake Sammamish Trail and for your great ideas for what simple things we can do to keep King County green.