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Top 10 Accomplishments of 2015 SCAP

Top 10 Accomplishments of 2015 SCAP

Two King County Metro electric buses at a charging station.

Leading the transition to transit powered by clean, renewable energy

Under Executive Constantine’s direction, King County Metro Transit is positioned as the nation’s leader in the transitioning to fleets powered by clean, renewable energy.

A graphic of King County that reads 65,000 acres to sustain us.

Accelerating the pace to permanently protect open space

Launched the Land Conservation Initiative, accelerating the pace to permanently protect the last, best open space lands, farmlands, forestlands, urban greenspaces, and trails.

A photo of King County Executive Dow Constantine in front of a 1,000,000 Trees sign.

Surpassing the goal to plant 1 million trees one year early

Created a partnership that planted 1 million trees throughout King County and made King County the nation’s first local government to offer certified carbon credits that protect local forests.

An aerial photo of solar panels on the King County Aquatic Center roof.

Increasing the number of green residential buildings permitted by 50 percent

Supported countywide residential green building with a total 50 percent increase in certifications from 2015 to 2019, and surpassed energy efficiency goals in county operations, reducing internal energy use by more than 20 percent since 2007.

A cyclist putting their bike on the front of a King County Metro bus.

Contributing to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per person

King County actions contributed to stabilizing countywide greenhouse gas emissions and an 11 percent reduction in per person emissions over the past decade.

An aerial photo of Seattle.

Focusing 98.5 percent of growth in urban areas connected to transit

Continued to focus more than 98.5 percent of new residential development and growth in urban areas connected to the region’s growing transit and trail systems.

Graphic: K4C partners together represent 1.6 million people and 80% of King County's population.

Uniting efforts of King County cities to advocate for transformational energy policies

Through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, led efforts of cities representing 80 percent of King County’s 2.25 million residents to advance transformational state energy policies that will result in stronger building and appliance efficiency, conservation requirements for fossil fuel gas, and 100 percent clean electricity.

Collage of a warning sign, water over roadway sign, and a girl using an inhaler.

Strengthening codes and enhanced coordination to prepare for climate impacts

Strengthened land use codes and developed adaption strategies to address sea level rise. Launched the Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative, developed in partnership with neighboring counties, cities, and other Puget Sound organizations to enhance coordination and improve climate preparedness outcomes in the Puget Sound region.

Four members of the Frontline Community Climate Partnerships program.

Promoting climate literacy and leadership development in communities of color

Launched the Frontline Community Climate Partnerships program to support climate literacy, language access, and leadership development in communities of color.

A young woman smiling, holding bushels of radishes.

Advancing Local Food Initiative, supporting farmers and making access to nutritious food more equitable

Made significant progress with the Local Food Initiative, supporting local farmers and making access to locally grown, nutritious food more equitable.