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.
Launched the Land Conservation Initiative, accelerating the pace to permanently protect the last, best open space lands, farmlands, forestlands, urban greenspaces, and trails.
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.
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.
King County actions contributed to stabilizing countywide greenhouse gas emissions and an 11 percent reduction in per person emissions over the past decade.
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.
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.
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.
Launched the Frontline Community Climate Partnerships program to support climate literacy, language access, and leadership development in communities of color.
Made significant progress with the Local Food Initiative, supporting local farmers and making access to locally grown, nutritious food more equitable.