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King County continues leadership of regional sustainability planning with roundtable series


King County Executive Dow Constantine will highlight the County's ongoing commitment to addressing climate change during remarks at the Sustainble Cities Roundtable fifth-anniversary event, Thursday, March 13 at the Bullitt Center in Seattle.


King County Executive Dow Constantine will highlight the County’s ongoing commitment to addressing climate change during remarks at the Sustainable Cities Roundtable fifth-anniversary event, Thursday, March 13 at the Bullitt Center in Seattle.

“The devastating impacts of climate change don’t stop at city borders, and neither should we,” said Executive Constantine. “The reason King County is nationally recognized as a leader in the effort to make government operations and facilities more sustainable is because we come together like this to share our resources and expertise.”
The roundtable series is a monthly peer-to-peer, cross-jurisdictional conversation where government staff and elected officials come together to address the challenges in the built environment.

The “Back to The Future” celebration is both a retrospective of accomplishments and a look forward to future goals and trends. Speakers include Time Magazine's “Hero of the Planet” Denis Hayes, and Island Press Author Tim Beatley.

Since its inception, the Sustainable Cities Roundtable has resulted in the creation significant projects, including the Climate Collaboration and Regional Code Collaboration programs, where jurisdictions in the county align programming and policy initiatives to address the environmental challenges.

“Every major metropolitan area is talking about sustainability, but with its GreenTools Sustainable Cities Roundtables, King County is walking the talk,” said Island Press Vice President Denise Schlener. “Island Press is proud to play a role in connecting the county’s decision makers with the best thinkers on the policies and practices that can create a sustainable future.”

The event will also feature tours of the recently completed Bullitt Center. Regarded as the world’s greenest office building, it was built on the cutting edge of green technology and features energy, water and carbon neutral systems.

Keynote speaker Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning School of Architecture.

Professor Beatley will encourage planners and the development community to improve their planning methods and strategies by using natural systems as a guide.

Seattle native Lynne Barker of EcoDistricts will also give a presentation on her organization’s vision for creating sustainable cities beginning at the neighborhoods level.

An awards ceremony honoring green building champions is also planned by the King County GreenTools program, which provides technical assistance, grants and hands-on training to help users create green projects efficiently and effectively throughout the County.

Award winners

The 2014 Outstanding Leadership in Green Building Award winners are:

• Roundtable Founder – Brad Lilejquist, International Living Future Institute
• Early Adopter – Judd Black, City of Redmond (retired)
• Leadership in Green Building and Climate Collaboration – Kris Sorenson, City of Renton
• Outstanding Leadership in Green Building – International Living Future Institute
• Outstanding Leadership in Green Building - Bullitt Foundation
• Community Partnership – Island Press
• Green Building Advocacy – Cascadia Green Building Council
• Government Leadership – City of Shoreline
• Green Building Legacy – The Honorable Ava Frisinger, Mayor of Issaquah (retired)