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King County - Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)

Climate Leadership Awards 2016: Innovative Partnerships Certificate Recipeient King County and thirteen cities — Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, 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.

Through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), county and city staff are partnering on:

  • Outreach – to develop, refine, and utilize messaging and tools for climate change outreach to engage decision makers, other cities, and the general public
  • Coordination – to adopt consistent standards, benchmarks, strategies, and overall goals related to responding to climate change
  • Solutions – to share local success stories, challenges, data and products that support and enhance climate mitigation efforts by all partners
  • Funding and resources – to secure grant funding and other shared resource opportunities to support climate related projects and programs

All King County cities are encouraged to join into this effort, which is supporting and enhancing projects and programs in focus areas such as green building, using and producing renewable energy, sustainability outreach and education, and alternative transportation.

Elected Officials from King County and many cities gather after the June 2014 K4C Elected Official Summit

Elected Officials from King County and many cities gather after the June 2014 K4C Elected Official Summit

K4C Focus for 2015 & 2016

K4C has partnered with Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program to develop a Letter of Commitment, Principles for Collaboration, and Joint County-City Climate Commitments (258 KB PDF) — that will help get the region on track towards shared and ambitious climate targets adopted during the summer of 2014. Cities are now considering what these commitments mean. See the latest list of signatories; as of early 2016, eleven cities have signed on. Implementing these commitments will be a key focus of the K4C for 2015 and 2016.

K4C – Map of Current Partners (as of March 2015)

K4C Recent Accomplishments

Ambitious, Shared, Countywide Climate Targets

Sustainable Cities Roundtable Series

  • The K4C is a partner in the development and implementation of the GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Roundtable series, a series of training sessions, discussions and workshops dedicated to green building and climate change.

Sharing Information

  • K4C partners collaborate to develop, share, and promote sustainability related trainings, workshops, and education opportunities, such as a recent Community Based Social Marketing workshop. The focus on sharing resources between and County and cities has also led to development of a database for K4C partners to access information on various sustainability related projects and programs being led by King County and its cities.

Municipal Revolving Energy Fund

  • K4C staff developed locally focused guidance, case studies, recommendations, and resources to support county and city efforts to develop municipal revolving energy funds – programs that help ensure dedicated funding for energy efficiency, clean energy, or other energy reduction projects - *Available for K4C member cities*

Pursuing Financial Support of Local Climate Action

  • The K4C is pursuing various funding and grant opportunities to support implementation of K4C priorities - *ONGOING*

K4C Co-Chairs/Contacts

Matt Kuharic, Senior Climate Change Specialist
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director's Office
206-477-4554 (office)

Nicole Sanders, Associate Planner
City of Snoqualmie Planning Department
425-888-5337 ext.1143

Special thanks to former Antioch University Graduate Student Linda Lyshall. Her research helped lead to the formation of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. See also:

Lyshall, Linda (2011). Collaboration and Climate Action at the Local Scale. Doctoral Dissertation, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH. Retrieved from OhioLink Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center.

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