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Dec. 23, 2013

County beefs up green building rules with higher standards, new incentives Download PDF 78 K
King County is stepping up its commitment to green building: all county government construction and major renovation projects are required to seek LEED platinum rating—from the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Dec. 13, 2013

Best in Class: King County Leads by Platinum Example external link
King County was named "Best in class" by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) after the adoption of its new Green Building OrdinanceDownload PDF 2.4 MB. The announcement recognizes the continued commitment from the GreenTools program in helping to make King County a leader in sustainable building.

Dec. 9, 2013

King County Adopts Updated Green Building Ordinance
The updated King County green building policy is top in the nation for facility sustainability and performance. This update requires county projects to strive for LEED Platinum and encourages the use of alternative green building rating systems, such as Built Green, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, Salmon Safe and the Living Building Challenge—King County news release.

Sept. 25, 2012

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation external link at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced King County GreenTools’ Sustainable Cities Initiative is a Bright Idea. This prestigious award is given to programs that demonstrate a creative range of solutions to urban and rural challenges, with an emphasis on environmental challenges.

Nov. 1, 2011

Green team external link
County connects cities to move sustainability initiatives forward—from American City & County

Oct. 26, 2011

King County honors employees with 'Excellence in Building Green' awards
Highlighted projects save money and resources, cut waste—King County news release

Oct. 3, 2011

King County launches campaign to improve construction jobsite diversion, recycling
Local companies encouraged to apply to be a 'CleanBin' jobsite—King County news release

Feb. 10, 2011

Noted green architect Peter Calthorpe in King County to meet with leaders, tour ‘Z’ home
Famed urban designer advocates adapting urbanism to climate change—King County news release

Oct. 20, 2010

King County’s new EcoCribz video makes green remodeling fun (Windows Media)
Herb Weisbaum’s weekly segment with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson features info about the new video and the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool – audio file from KOMO radio.

Oct. 20, 2010

King County’s online ‘EcoCribz’ videos show local homeowners how to remodel green
County hosting ‘Blog-a-Thon’ to help promote new show

April 3, 2009

King County's GreenTools Program named to top 50 ‘Innovations in American Government’ list
A program that has helped usher in a green-building revolution in western Washington was today named as a top 50 finalist for the 2009 Innovations in American Government award, sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute of Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Nov. 18, 2008

U.S. Green Building Council upgrades LEED external link
From the Puget Sound Business Journal

Nov. 3, 2008

Upzoning is finally approved in Interbay external link
Plans for a new ‘Green’ neighborhood in Interbay can finally become a reality – from The Seattle PI 

Oct. 31, 2008

Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station earns two more awards for sustainable design
From the King County Newsroom

Oct. 30, 2008

Seattle mandates smaller homes external link
Developers building new homes in Seattle will have to start thinking smaller which could end up adding green buildings to the city’s housing stock. – from Sustainable Industries

Oct. 29, 2008

King County's new Eco-Cool Remodel Tool goes live

Oct. 1, 2008

Eight local projects and programs earn "Excellence in Building Green Awards"
From the King County Newsroom

Oct. 3, 2008

Green building could get King County grants
Local green building projects receive funding; New grant round in 2009

Sept. 16, 2008

We recycle cans and bottles, why not buildings? external link
A large percentage of municipal landfill waste is from construction and demolition debris, estimated to be between 20 and 30 percent nationally—editorial from The Seattle Times.

Feb. 14, 2008

Affordable green housing: a social, economic priority external link
Government agencies offer incentives to encourage more—from the Daily Journal of Commerce

Nov. 20, 2007

Sammamish unveils LEED-certified City Hall
'Silver'-rated project is first of several for new 'green' Sammamish Commons

Nov. 19, 2007

Single-, multi-family projects could be eligible for Built Green™ grants funded by King County, Seattle
Builders of single- and multi-family projects in King County could be eligible to receive grant funding through the Built Green™ incentives program, which promotes environmentally friendly construction.

Aug. 22, 2007

Home wins nation's highest green rating external link
Designed to be earth-friendly, energy efficient—from The Seattle Times

Aug. 19, 2007

If house has to go, at least it can go ‘green’ – piece by piece external link
Deconstruction crews salvage siding, floors, even nails—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aug. 10, 2007

King County helps commercial building projects 'go green' with grants to owners

July 18, 2007

King County requires 'clean dirt' on construction sites
In King County, post–construction rules require workers to leave the dirt cleaner than they found it— article and video from

July 11, 2007

King County promotes the importance of healthy soil
King County is helping to improve soils by implementing post-construction standards on soil depth and quality in unincorporated areas. Other local governments in western Washington will follow suit with similar standards before 2010.

July 11, 2007

King County's post-construction soil standard first in western Washington
Builders and developers with projects in unincorporated King County are now meeting a new post-construction soil standard-the first of its kind adopted in western Washington.

May 24, 2007

King County fetes region's 10,000th 'built-green' home at White Center's Greenbridge community

May 5, 2007

More low-income housing being built green external link
Early Seattle efforts helped inspire state and federal support—from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

May 4, 2007

Green homebuilders still seeking a market external link
An increasing number of developers are touting the environmental credentials of their projects – from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

March 27, 2007

King County honors its employees with Building Green Awards
More than three dozen King County employees were honored recently for their dedication to providing excellent and innovative public service.

March 14, 2007

King County, Seattle offering new incentives for green-building residential projects
Single-family residential developers have a new way to "go green," thanks to a new incentive program from King County and the City of Seattle.

March 16, 2006

King County honored with Built Green™ advocate award

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