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King County is working across government jurisdictions and collaborating with a diverse set of partners including businesses, non-profits organizations, community-based organizations, coalitions, and collaborative working groups to address the impacts of climate change and advance regional climate action.

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Climate Action Toolkit for Cities

King County is partnering with the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) to develop a Climate Action Toolkit for use by cities to accelerate our carbon emission reductions at the community scale and within local government operations. Through the Growth Management Planning Council, King County and all 39 cities within the county have established shared, formal targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

This toolkit will be shaped within the framework of the updated K4C shared Joint Commitments and King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan. The toolkit development process will review existing toolkits, plans, and processes, and tailor the recommendations to the particular emissions profile, demographics, and local, regional, and state policies applicable in King County. The toolkit will provide guidance on a mix of actionable and practical strategies that fit cities with different types of land use, population, energy supply, and transportation patterns. The recommendations of the toolkit will help guide cities that are just getting started in climate planning, as well as those seeking to move faster and farther. The recommendations will acknowledge the variety factors for local governments, including size, stage of planning, amount of staff and financial capacity with which to undertake climate planning.

Your voice is important! Please share your input to inform the priorities and actions of the Toolkit to reflect the values of King County communities.

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King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

King County and sixteen partners — Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, Port of Seattle, 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.

More about the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)
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Safe Energy Leadership Alliance (SELA)

The Safe Energy Leadership Alliance (SELA) is a coalition of local, state, and tribal leaders from across the Northwest and British Columbia working together to raise awareness for the safety risks of oil and coal transportation.

SELA represents a broad range of urban and rural areas with different interests but a shared mission—to protect the health and safety of our communities. SELA and its efforts are led by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative

The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative is a network of local and tribal governments, regional agencies, and organizations working together to enhance regional coordination and advance climate change preparedness in Puget Sound.

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Community-based organizations

King County has been working with communities to address their climate-related needs and concerns through developing culturally relevant materials on climate change, establishing collaborative partnerships, and supporting leadership of diverse King County residents.

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University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (UWCIG)

Understanding how climate change affects King County communities and government services is critical to building an effective response to climate change. King County partners with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group , which works directly with public sector agencies, tribal agencies, the private sector, non-profit groups, and other academic institutions to produce the knowledge, tools, and capacity that decision makers need to reduce climate risk.