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Sustainable Purchasing

  • King County Sustainable Purchasing Policy:
    King County's Policy (KCC 18.20), was originally established in 1989 as the recycled product procurement policy. It’s been revised several times over the years to incorporate environmentally preferable products and services and was most recently updated in 2018 to be even more robust, highlighting the use of ecolabels and tying into the Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Related Environmental Policies

King County has many other policies and plans that complement environmentally preferable purchasing:

  • King County Strategic Plan: Working Together for One King County
    Goal: Healthy Environment - Preserve open space and rural character while addressing climate change.
    There are four goal areas within Healthy Environment:
    • Maintain rural character by focusing new growth in urban areas
    • Protect and support healthy and productive farms, forests, and open spaces
    • Reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030
    • Integrate climate preparedness into County operations and provision of public services
  • Strategic Climate Action Plan (2015)
    A five year blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions within county operations and services. There are five goal areas:
    • Transportation and Land Use
    • Buildings and Facilities Energy
    • Green Building
    • Consumption and Materials Management
    • Forests and Agriculture
  • Green Building Ordinance (2013)
    Under the ordinance, all county government construction and major renovation projects — including transfer stations, bus shelters, roads and bridges — will be required to seek a LEED platinum rating.

Other Sustainability Policies

  • Equity and Social Justice (2010)
    The Equity & Social Justice ordinance identifies focus areas and supports the development of policies and actions that improve fairness and opportunity in county government organizational practices, including all employment practices such as hiring, training, retention and promotion and business practices such as contracting, procurement and grant writing. The Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan (2016-2022) is a blueprint for change, mutually created by King County employees and community partners.


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