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To focus action on climate change, address broader inequities, and protect and strengthen communities across King County, the County adopted a Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) in 2015. King County is updating the SCAP in 2020 that will outline the County's actions on climate change for the next five years. The 2020 SCAP update will focus on reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for climate change impacts, and supporting resilience in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. An updated SCAP will be developed and transmitted by King County Executive Dow Constantine to the King County Council in August 2020.

Postcard for the Strategic Climate Action Plan

  • Prepare for climate impacts;
  • Lead with equity;
  • Create a clean energy future;
  • Reduce carbon pollution;
  • Work with communities;
  • Plant 1 million trees by 2020.

King County climate action: Clean future, strong communities.

Strategic Climate Action Plan postcard

The SCAP is King County's blueprint for climate action and provides a "one-stop-shop" for county decision-makers, employees, and the general public to learn about the County's climate change goals, priorities, and commitments. In 2019 and 2020 the County will be updating, revising, and adding to the SCAP to ensure County work continues to achieve our regional greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, identify new opportunities to take action on climate solutions, and create social, economic and environmental benefits for King County communities.

For background on the existing plan, see these resources:

A commitment to equity in the 2020 SCAP


  • Engaging communities;
  • Reducing carbon pollution 80% by 2050;
  • Preparing for climate impacts;
  • Strengthening community resiliency;
Commitment to equity: Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP)

The 2020 SCAP update provides us with an opportunity to lead with equity in our climate work as we continue to find ways to further reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions, prepare our infrastructure and communities for climate impacts, and align with the county’s 2016 Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan . As part of the County’s commitment to acting on climate change and equity & social justice, the 2020 SCAP update will include expanded community, youth, and stakeholder engagement and partnership, materials in new formats, and a new section on Sustainable and Resilient Communities developed through a community-driven process with leaders of frontline communities (those disproportionately impacted by climate change). 

In 2019-2020 the County will be updating and revising its plan for 2020-2025 to:

  • Further reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions (pollution that is driving climate change),
  • Take action to prepare our infrastructure, services and communities for climate change impacts,
  • Identify new opportunities to take action on climate solutions that achieve social, economic and environmental benefits for King County communities,
  • Involve stakeholders, partners and frontline communities (those disproportionately impacted by climate change) in setting priorities.
  • Prioritize equity throughout the SCAP, in alignment with the county’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan , including through a new Sustainable and Resilient Communities Section.
Climate public meeting

Get involved!


Thank you for all your valuable input! The King County Climate Action Team has been collecting public input on the 2020 SCAP update over the last 6 months from community members, stakeholders and partners through public workshops, convenings, listening sessions, youth breakouts, community conversations, and the 600+ comments we received through our online survey tool! We are working hard on incorporating the feedback we have received into the priorities included in the 2020 SCAP update! You can keep up to date on the 2020 SCAP update by following this page and/or signing up for our email listserv below.

The Climate Action Team is also working closely with King County Metro to inform the transportation portion of the plan. King County Metro is developing a Mobility Framework that will set Metro and the region up to grow, invest and innovate in a way that advances equity, addresses climate change, and supports the integrated mobility future our region needs. The public input that was shared through the Mobility Framework development process is also being incorporated into the 2020 SCAP update.

Climate workshop at the University of WashingtonAn update on our public workshops for the 2020 SCAP Update

We hosted three SCAP public workshops in October 2019 (in North, South, & East King County) with nearly 250 attendees to collect input on what should be the priorities for the next 5-years! We shared highlights of recent climate progress and challenges, initial ideas for what more the County might do, and most importantly, collected your input on priorities and solutions. To see what the workshops were like, you can watch this short video from the workshop we had in Bellevue  or check out this great coverage of our workshop at the University of Washington from King5 News .

Stay up to date on climate news and join our listserv

If you are interested in periodic email updates on King County climate action, please subscribe to King County's climate action email topic. You will receive information on current King County programs that are taking action on climate change and what you can do to get involved!

Request a climate workshop or presentation

Request a member of the King County Climate Action Team to come provide a tailored presentation or interactive workshop on King County's Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) to your organization, coalition meeting, board meeting, youth group, class, or other gathering. This is a great opportunity for your participants to give input on the 2020 update of the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP).

If you are interested in having a climate presentation or workshop for your group, please fill out a request form . *Due to staff capacity we may not be able to accommodate all requests, but we will do our best to meet the needs of your organization or group. *