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Archived news and announcements

Sustainable building

Sep. 27, 2023
External article, GeekWire
An ‘Urban Innovation Lab’ in Seattle could spur entrepreneurship and boost downtown revitalization

Sep. 8, 2023
External article, Seattle Times
What it means for a home to be built green

Jul. 24, 2023
External report, KUOW
Turning unused office space into housing could solve 2 problems, but it's tricky

Jul. 24, 2023
External article, Seattle Times
Feds propose $2B in PNW energy grid upgrades to meet rising demand

Apr. 23, 2023
External article, Seattle Times
How to make a fading office building into a high-rise apartment 

Mar. 1, 2023
External article, B-Town Blog
WA Dept. of Ecology to expand air monitoring in overburdened communities, including South King County 

Feb. 22, 2023
External article, Snoqualmie Valley Record
Fall City aims to preserve ‘rural character’ amid unprecedented housing growth

Feb. 1, 2023
Executive Constantine launches Re+, reinventing the region’s waste system to cut carbon emissions, transition to a sustainable economy

Jan. 9, 2023
External report, KUOW
2023 housing strategies proposed by Seattle's top CEOs 

Jan. 6, 2023
External report, KING5 News
Seattle voters to decide on 'social housing' proposal in upcoming election 

Jan. 3, 2023
External report, KING5 News
Realtors back Governor Inslee's $4 billion housing proposal 

Nov. 8, 2022
External article, Canary Media
Heat pumps now required for new homes in Washington state

Oct. 18, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
Carbon auctions will bring WA more money than predicted. Transportation could benefit 

Oct. 6. 2022
‘The clearest call ever for immediate climate action’: Executive Constantine announces new actions to rapidly reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions

Sep. 28, 2022
External podcast, Volts
Learning curves will lead to extremely cheap clean energy  

Sep. 26, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
Green buildings get a boost in WA, but policy and demand still lag

Sep. 23, 2022
Making homes in King County greener, healthier, safer: Executive Constantine’s budget proposal will get more homeowners low-interest loans for heat pumps and clean energy retrofits 

Aug. 25, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
WA will ban new gas-powered cars by 2035, following California’s lead 

Aug. 24, 2022
External report, KUOW
Washington to phase out new gasoline-powered cars by 2035

Aug. 17, 2022
External article, Washington Post
Analysis: State climate action could be supercharged by the Inflation Reduction Act 

Aug. 16, 2022
Executive Constantine announces a combined $8.2 million for community-led projects that will offer recreational opportunities, provide access to open space, and restore river corridors  

Aug. 16, 2022
External report, KUOW
Massive new climate law could give Pacific Northwest green businesses a boost 

Jul. 27, 2022
Executive Constantine demonstrates progress on making region's treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts as King County hosts national conference for clean water agencies

Jul. 20, 2022
External article, Bellevue Reporter
Multi-city energy efficiency program, Energy Smart Eastside, launches

Jun. 16, 2022
External article, Smart Cities Dive
Urban forest carbon credits gain momentum

Jun. 24, 2022
King County to develop its first-ever Extreme Heat Mitigation Strategy to prepare the region for more intense, prolonged heat waves caused by climate change 

Jun. 22, 2022
External article, Axios
Seattle ranks among top 10 bike-friendly cities

Jun. 9, 2022
King County rolls out the state’s first battery-electric heavy-duty truck built in Renton, opening a new market for zero-emission fleets

Jun. 3, 2022
Three city forest preservation projects in King County contribute to the largest urban forest credit purchase in U.S. history 

May 31, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
How a Sound Transit contractor is trying to make light-rail construction easier on the environment

May 19, 2022
Executive Constantine announces plan to rapidly accelerate protection of the last, best 65,000 acres of urban greenspace, forests, farmland, trails, river corridors, and natural areas

May 10, 2022
External article, Crosscut
Washington is the first state to require all-electric heating in new buildings 

May 3, 2022
External article, The News Tribune
A Bellingham-based company is building a large solar project on this non-traditional site

May 3, 2022
External article, Crosscut
How climate change stresses sewer systems in King County 

Apr. 29, 2022
External article, Canary Media
Washington state moves to electrify new buildings by requiring heat pumps

Apr. 26, 2022
External article, Grist
First all-electric heating mandate for buildings passes in Washington state 

Apr. 21, 2022
External article, Canary Media
Smarter design — not novel tech — could be the real climate game-changer, according to Amory Lovins

Jul. 26, 2022
External article, Seattle City Light Powerlines
Summer tips for staying comfortable without using a lot of electricity 

Apr. 4, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
Six steps the world can take to halt catastrophic climate change 

Mar. 30, 2022
Charged up and ready to go! Metro’s battery bus fleet celebrates opening of charging facility and beginning of battery-electric bus service 

Mar. 26, 2022
External article, NBC News
Washington state plans to ban most non-electric vehicles by 2030

Mar. 16, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
Which cities have the most gas ‘superusers’ and how Seattle ranks 

Feb. 22, 2022
External article, Canary Media
New tools and tech to prep your electrical panel for an all-electric home

 Feb. 17, 2022
External article, Canary Media
What are the hurdles to electrifying a home? Contractors and experts weigh in

Feb. 8, 2022
External report, KUOW
Utilities in Washington are tackling the clean energy to-do list

Jan. 28, 2022
External opinion, Seattle Times
Seattle, don’t turn away from urban villages

Jan. 25, 2022
King County makes it more affordable to invest in cleaner, healthier, more resilient buildings with C-PACER Program, now open for applications

Jan. 24, 2022
Executive Constantine announces $23.4 million in affordable housing funding for construction and preservation throughout King County 

Jan. 1, 2022
External article, Seattle Times
Survey shows most King County residents likely open to ditching single-family zoning

Dec. 8, 2021
External article, Crosscut
How Cascadia can fight climate change in 2022 — and get back on track 

Dec. 7, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle ended decade with faster growth than suburbs, reversing a 100-year trend

Nov. 27, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
Washington state seeks tighter wastewater rules for Puget Sound, but sewage plant operators push back

Nov. 22, 2021
External article, Mass Transit
King County Metro wins national award for improving data on sidewalks 

Oct. 18, 2021
External article, Crosscut
The carbon fight’s mundane frontier: Retrofitting homes and buildings 

Oct. 5, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
Sammamish, like many suburban Seattle cities, gripped by development fight as region’s population booms

Oct. 5, 2021
Yale Insights - Management in Practice
Is Seattle Prepared for Climate Change?

Sep. 22, 2021
Building Cleaner: Executive Constantine unveils stronger building codes for unincorporated King County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor air quality for all residents 

Sep. 21, 2021
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon grant boosts King County effort to complete key Eastrail segment 

Aug. 26, 2021
Executive Constantine announces innovative loan program to boost commercial building sustainability and efficiency; new pilot for residential heat pump retrofits 

Aug. 11, 2021
External report, KUOW
Seattle Now: Climate change is changing Seattle summers 

Aug. 9, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
Landmark climate report promises massive effects for western U.S., Seattle

Aug. 5, 2021
External report, KUOW
An architecture firm dedicated to green building felt the heat and got AC at the office. They still cut their energy use

Jun. 9, 2021
External article, Crosscut
Facing climate concerns, will King County stop Boeing Field expansion? 

Apr. 21, 2021
To honor Chief Seattle, care for the Earth and all its creatures

Apr. 5, 2021
External article, B-Town Blog
New Climate Action Toolkit will help local cities reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mar. 16, 2021
External opinion, Seattle Times
Green construction can play an active role as climate action accelerates

Feb. 12, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle Public Schools commits to weaning off fossil fuels over next 20 years 

Feb. 1, 2021
External report, KNKX
Seattle is state’s leader on climate-friendly building codes; new standards start March 15

Jan. 26, 2021
External article, Crosscut
To build up urban forests, WA cities could get help from the state

Dec. 10, 2020
External article, Bothell-Kenmore Reporter
What will a green WA electric grid look like?

Dec. 3, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
Tire dust killing coho salmon returning to Puget Sound, new research shows  

Nov. 17, 2020
External article, Crosscut
Seattle could become the next 15-minute city

Nov. 12, 2020
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
Ultra-green Seattle apartment project proves its point, developers say

Aug. 27, 2020
Building a more resilient, sustainable, equitable King County: Executive Constantine announces regional strategy to confront climate change 

Feb. 24, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
In your travels and at home, channel climate-change anxiety into action

Feb. 24, 2020
External article, International Examiner
Financial barriers for solar power lowered for King County families thanks to multicultural project focused on environmental justice

Feb. 20, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
Washington state agency releases climate-change plan, with calls for more renewable projects

Jan. 30, 2020
Executive Constantine announces purchase of up to 120 battery-electric buses from New Flyer of America, Inc.

Jan. 21, 2020
External report, GeekWire
Seattle startup Nori raises cash for blockchain marketplace to fight climate change 

Jan. 21, 2020
External article, Crosscut
Lawmakers urge fish-friendly fixes to seaside properties 

Jan. 16, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
Microsoft makes big push to tackle climate change, vowing to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030

Jan. 15, 2020
External feature, Seattle Times
We have the know-how and no time to waste to save Puget Sound 

Jan. 15, 2020
External voices, Seattle Times
Readers’ personal climate actions: Hybrid cars, solar energy, diet changes, lobbying and more 

Jan. 13, 2020
External article, Enumclaw Courier-Herald
Meet the group trying to electrify America’s railroads 

Jan. 9, 2020
External article, Sightline Institute
King County’s Unexpected Opportunity to Stop Fracked Gas

Jan. 8, 2020
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle will get city-owned buildings off fossil fuels, Mayor Durkan says

King County 30 Year Forest Plan
Please answer a brief survey to help prioritize actions over the coming decades. 

Dec. 9, 2019
External article, MyNorthwest
Study: Seattle ranked 7th nationally in urban sustainability

Dec. 6, 2019
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Resiliency is critical for Washington's transportation system 

Nov. 21, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle sees nation’s biggest drop in solo car commuters as transit, walking surge

Nov. 20, 2019
External article, Yale Climate Connections
In King County, Washington, human waste is a climate solution

Nov. 19, 2019
External report, Seattle Times
Washington’s greenhouse-gas emissions continue to trend higher in latest inventory

Nov. 19, 2019
External report, KOMO News
King County aims to convert to all-electric fleet by 2040, maybe sooner 

Nov. 19, 2019
External report, KOMO News
Waterfront homeowners facing a rising tide over coming century

Nov. 13, 2019
Protected forestland will serve as a new scenic gateway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Dec. 16, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Northwest killer whales are shrinking in size — and so are their prey, chinook salmon, new research shows 

Nov. 13, 2019
King County GIS Ranked #1 in U.S. in 2019 Geospatial Maturity Index

Spawning Grounds trailer 
Documentary about restoring kokanee populations in Lake Sammamish and its tributary streams, by restoring habitat.

Apr. 23, 2019
On Earth Day, Executive Constantine presents Green Globe Awards, the region’s highest honor for local environmental efforts  

Jan. 28, 2019
External article, Sightline Institute
King County Council Approves Moratorium On Fossil Fuel Expansion 

Oct. 30, 2019
King County’s first modular housing project opens in Sodo, to serve Native American and Alaska Native people

Oct. 13, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Ask An Expert | How does the Puget Sound transit system compare to other cities across the U.S.?

Oct. 12, 2019
External report, KING5 News
King County wants your input for the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan

Oct. 9, 2019
External article, Pew
Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow 

Oct. 3, 2019
External article, GeekWire
Washington state and B.C. launch Joint Clean Grid Initiative to align renewable energy transition

Sep. 28, 2019
External article, GeekWire
Seattle City Light unveils strategy to handle expected surge in electric vehicles

Aug. 12, 2019
External article, Crosscut
Council promises Seattle its own Green New Deal

Aug. 10, 2019
External article, Renton Reporter
Growth is inevitable, but where is it going?

Jul. 16, 2019
External article, MyNorthwest
Northwest is closer to getting ultra high speed rail between BC, Seattle, and Portland

Jul. 15, 2019
External article, Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah begins long-term planning for the future of parks

Jun. 27, 2019
Executive Constantine triples down on open space protection, takes action ensure greenspace access for all King County residents

Jun. 26, 2019
King County Metro identifies candidate sites for a new all-electric battery bus base in south King County 

Jun. 16, 2019
External report, KOMO News
Meet the 'Green Fleet': Seattle's eco-friendly garbage trucks

May 9, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Governor Inslee signs bills bringing Washington state closer to zero-carbon electricity

May 2, 2019
External report, KING5 News
Shoreline becomes 1st ‘salmon-safe’ city in Washington 

Apr. 23, 2019
On Earth Day, Executive Constantine presents Green Globe Awards, the region’s highest honor for local environmental efforts 

Apr. 15, 2019
External report, KOMO News
Washington among Top 15 'greenest states' but Oregon gets West Coast bragging rights

Mar. 27, 2019
External article, Crosscut
Can Puget Sound make room for 1.8M people without pushing anyone out?

Apr. 23, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Two more key climate-change bills pass in Olympia, head to Inslee’s desk 

Apr. 15, 2019
External article, Scientific American
Washington Aims to Decarbonize its Electricity Grid 

Feb. 27, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
Even Seattle finds it’s just too hard being green 

Feb. 26, 2019
External article, Curbed
Tiny electric vehicle designed as an alternative to cars, bikes, and scooters

Feb. 26, 2019
External article, Crosscut
Private utilities want more time to meet green goals

Feb. 26, 2019
External Editorial, HeraldNet
Editorial: 100 percent clean electricity in state achievable

Feb. 21, 2019
Executive Constantine announces his plan renew the King County Parks Levy, connecting regional trails and improving access to parks, green space and recreation

Feb. 21, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
$738 million King County levy aimed at renovating, expanding parks and trails

Feb. 12, 2019
External article, Sightline Institute
Studying full methane life cycle critical to PNW climate policy

Jan. 28, 2019
External article, Sightline Institute
King County Council Approves Moratorium On Fossil Fuel Expansion

Jan. 28, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
King County Council approves 6-month moratorium on major fossil-fuel facilities

Jan. 18, 2019
External article, Sightline Institute
King County poised to lock out fossil fuels

Jan. 18, 2018
External report, Washington State Wire
Q&A with Sen. Reuven Carlyle on climate change legislation this session

Jan 1, 2019
External article, New York Times
Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation 

Dec. 11, 2018
External article, Crosscut
Gov. Inslee calls for electric cars, high speed rail, but no climate tax

Dec. 10, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Electric ferries, no more coal power: After carbon-fee defeat, Inslee rolls out clean-energy proposals

Dec. 6, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Global warming today mirrors conditions leading to Earth’s largest extinction event, UW study says   

Nov. 21, 2018
King County’s Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station celebrates Platinum Achievement Award for Sustainability

Nov. 19, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Feds agree to $1.2 billion in funding for Sound Transit’s Lynnwood light-rail line

Nov. 5, 2018
External article, electrive
Lime to kick-off electric car sharing service in Seattle

Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review
Comments accepted Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018

Oct. 18, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will guide UW’s new climate initiative

Oct. 13, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
‘It’s urgent emissions come down’: UW researcher is lead author on stark climate report

Oct. 9, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Why half a degree of global warming is a big deal

Sep. 24, 2018
At a time of unprecedented growth, we are embracing and leading change: Executive Constantine announces biennial budget with investments in housing, transit, and the environment

Sep. 7, 2018
External article, Pacific Standard
More evidence that green space helps develop young brains

Aug. 28, 2018
External article, CityLab
Carbon Offsets for Urban Trees Are on the Horizon 

Aug. 11, 2018
External opinion, Seattle Times
Housing construction in local suburbs is at historic lows, while Seattle is setting records

Aug. 7, 2018
City of Kent joins the K4C

Aug. 6, 2018
The nation’s leading transit association named King County Metro the best large transit system in North America 

Jul. 30, 2018
Executive Constantine applauds King County Council for approving innovative funding for new open space 

Jul. 25, 2018
With investments by Amazon and City of Seattle, King County Metro will offer more frequent, reliable service on some of its most popular routes

Jul. 19, 2018
Authors of a comprehensive study on electric buses recognize Executive Constantine as a national leader in the transition to a 100-percent electric fleet 

Jul. 19, 2018
External article, MyNorthwest
Seattle three-peats as the construction crane capital of the US  

Jul. 19, 2018
External article, Sightline Institute
Climate Change Could Ruin Drinking Water Plans for Lake Tapps

Jul. 18, 2018
Measuring Change in King County 
Top demographic & economic trends by Chandler Felt 

Jun. 18, 2018
External opinion, Seattle Times
Let’s break with the past and charge ahead with clean energy

Jun. 12, 2018
CHOMP!, King County’s celebration of local food and sustainability, returns Aug. 18 with Matisyahu, Caspar Babypants, more 

Jun. 11, 2018
Executive Constantine releases statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision on treaty rights

Jun. 11, 2018
External report, KUOW
Supreme Court tie gives tribes a victory in Washington state salmon case

May 30, 2018
External article, Crosscut
To slow growth, some Washington cities halt development

May 21, 2018
King County is now a leading producer of clean, renewable biofuel that can be used by commercial vehicles

May 18, 2018
External article, NW News Network
Meet The Companies Testing Self-Driving Vehicles In The Pacific Northwest

May 9, 2018
King County sues oil companies for climate impacts 

Apr. 30, 2018
External article, Curbed
Seattle tree law could be getting a revision 

Apr. 26, 2018
Modernizing regulations to support thriving wineries and breweries while protecting the environment and rural communities

Apr. 4, 2018
External news release, city of Seattle
Mayor Durkan Announces New Bold Actions to Reduce Emissions from Transportation and Buildings 

Mar. 27, 2018
External article, OPB
Electric-Powered Ferries Could Be Coming To Washington

Mar. 14, 2018
External article, Harvard University
Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative Takes a Deep Look at Climate Change 

Mar. 5, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Winds of change: What will power the Northwest’s future?

Mar. 4, 2018
External report, KUOW 
No more mangoes and meat. The hard truth for competitive clean living

Mar. 2, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
As Washington state looks for cleaner power, a Montana coal town faces an uncertain future

Feb. 27, 2018
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders call for clean, renewable energy at recent PSE meeting

Feb. 5, 2018
External Editorial, Seattle Times
Lawmakers should push forward on carbon-tax plan

Jan. 8, 2018
Executive Constantine appoints five members to the Sound Transit Board committed to building a world-class regional transit system

Dec. 28, 2017
South Plant pump replacement project earns major grant funding from PSE

King County Executive 2017 accomplishments

Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks 2017 accomplishments

Dec. 20, 2017
External article, Washington Post
Scientists just presented a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have transformed the planet

Nov. 28, 2017
Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station receives ‘Green Project of the Year’ award

Nov. 21, 2017
External article, Climate Central
Transportation is the Biggest Source of U.S. Emissions 

Nov. 11, 2017
External article, The News Tribune
Company wants to dig 90,000 tons of coal per year at currently idled King County mine

Oct. 27, 2017
King County Parks Plog
Going beyond carbon neutral: new solar panels installed in our parks

Oct. 20, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
Report: Rising sea levels could flood Seattle-area homes by end of century 

Sep. 18, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
Gov. Jay Inslee on East Coast to talk climate change: ‘States are leading the way’  

Sep. 15, 2017
Executive Constantine: The proposed settlement of the Puget Sound Energy rate case lays the groundwork for cleaner energy in King County

Aug. 25, 2017
External article, Washington Post
We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem

Aug. 4, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
Hikers in King County can now catch weekend shuttle to popular trailheads

Jun. 16, 2017
External article, New York Times
Climate Change as a Design Problem 

Jun. 13, 2017
External article, Renewable Energy Magazine
University of Washington study finds majority of Americans prefer renewable energy

Jun. 8, 2017
Bringing together elected leaders from Washington and Oregon to discuss ways to accelerate the transition to safe, renewable energy

Jun. 1, 2017
Executive Constantine on President Trump's move to abandon the Paris Climate Accord

Jun. 1, 2017
External report, KING5
Inslee forms 'US Climate Alliance' with New York, California governors 

Jun. 1, 2017
External article, USA Today
U.S. withdrawing from Paris climate agreement, Trump announces

Apr. 19, 2017
External article, Greentech Media
Washington State Spearheads a Novel Clean Energy Solution for Starbucks, REI and Target (and King County)

Mar. 1, 2017
New report charts course to zero-emission, carbon-neutral King County Metro bus fleet

Feb. 21, 2017
King County posts record transit ridership in year of bus and train expansion

External video, WDFW
Making Way for Salmon
How blocked fish passage hampers salmon survival and how the problem is fixed. 

Jan. 11, 2017
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
Ikea installs state’s largest solar rooftop array at new Renton store

Jan. 10, 2017
Executive announces purchase of battery buses, challenges industry to build next-generation transit

Dec. 6, 2016
Natural Resources and Parks is the first King County department to make its operations and purchases carbon neutral 

Nov. 26, 2016
External article, Vox
Why planting more trees is one of the smartest things a city can do

Oct. 12, 2016
External article, U.S. News
New Seattle Freight Lab Tackles Urban Delivery Congestion

Sep. 26, 2016 
In biennial budget, Executive Constantine calls for investments in transit, human services and environment, urges Legislature to act on tax reform

Sep. 15, 2016
Executive on state's new carbon rules: We must act on climate change

Aug. 16, 2016
Forterra, King County, Seattle Foundation join forces to conserve rural park land

July 25, 2016
External article, KCTS9/ earthFIX
An Urban Refuge Where Humans And Wildlife Coexist

Jul. 20, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Latest Washington real-estate gold rush: farms 

Jul. 13, 2016
External article, Fast CoExist
Building Bike Lanes Really Does Get More People Out Of Their Cars

Jun. 21, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Regional council warns 5 King County towns they’re growing too fast 

May 19, 2016
Executive proposes partnership to develop or preserve more than 2,000 units of affordable housing across King County

Apr. 29, 2016
External article, Grist
Washington judge rules in favor of kids and climate 

Apr. 20, 2016
External column, Seattle Times
The Puget Sound region’s not-so-green economy

Mar. 10, 2016
External release, EPA
Microsoft Corporation and King County-Cities Climate Collaboration Recognized for Climate Action Leadership

Mar. 10, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle mayor wants to cut vehicle emissions, add electric cars 

Mar. 9, 2016
King County-Cities Climate Collaboration wins national 2016 Climate Leadership Award

Mar. 1, 2016
External report, Q13 FOX 
King County unveils plans for 'world class' regional trail system

Feb. 29, 2016
Executive appoints former White House policy advisor to achieve his goals for shared and sustainable prosperity

Feb. 17, 2016
Executive Constantine launches Metro Transit’s first all-electric battery-powered bus

Jan. 26, 2016
External, Seattle Times
The prospect of climate change and solutions post-Paris 

Jan. 25, 2016
External article, IEEE Spectrum
NOAA Model Finds Renewable Energy Could be Deployed in the U.S. Without Storage 

Dec. 22, 2015
External editorial, Seattle Times
Climate change should prompt the Northwest to act on renewable energy

Dec. 16, 2015
External article, Maple Valley Reporter
Phillips applauds global commitment to battling climate change

Nov. 29, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Retiring Larry Phillips bound for Paris summit with King County’s climate-action plan

Nov. 16, 2015
King County adopts one of the boldest climate action plans in the nation

Nov. 10, 2015
King County’s innovative partnership with Seattle to fuel smart growth and save farmland wins ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from state

Oct. 8, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Toxic road runoff kills adult coho salmon in hours, study finds

Oct. 7, 2015
External report, KPLU
Broad-Based Coalition Announces Carbon Cap Initiative To Fight Climate Change

Sep. 22, 2015
Executive Constantine on meeting with President Xi Jinping of China

Sep. 21, 2015
External release, Wash. Dept. of Ecology
Washington to set carbon pollution limits to help slow climate change

  • Limiting carbon pollution through the Washington Clean Air Rule

Aug. 25, 2015
Executive Constantine proposes more buses to link riders in North and Central Seattle to light rail

Aug. 24, 2015
Phillips to join world leaders in discussing climate challenges
U.N. conference to focus on actions needed to combat climate change

Aug. 24, 2015
External fact sheet, the White House
President Obama Announces New Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country

Aug. 3, 2015
Executive Constantine praises Presidential action to reduce carbon emissions from power plants

Jul. 23, 2015
External article, The New Yorker
How Trees Calm Us Down

Jul. 21, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Sammamish residents win ruling to block subdivision near salmon creek

Jun. 30, 2015
Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record

Jun. 22, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds

Jun. 4, 2015
External article, Grist
Climate forecast for Seattle: warmer and wetter, with a chance of deluge 

May 27, 2015
Expanded Metro bus service will help relieve overcrowding in Seattle

May 19, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle falls short of global-warming targets 

May 18, 2015
Local industrial facilities earn recognition for environmental compliance 

May 4, 2015
Executive's statement regarding Shell Oil's proposal to base Arctic drilling fleet at Port of Seattle

Apr. 21, 2015
King County makes it easier to live green, make sustainable choices

Apr. 20, 2015
Executive Constantine honors 14 eco-friendly leaders with Green Globe Awards 

Apr. 6, 2015
External report, KUOW
Climate Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington 

March 2015
External report, PNNL
Creating Algal Biofuels Out of Thin Air

Mar. 31, 2015
External release, The White House
U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 

Mar. 26, 2015
Executive Constantine urges House Transportation Committee to authorize full funding for light rail expansion

March 23, 2015
External opinion, Seattle Times
Climate change: The debate now is about how we adapt

What is your best idea for what we, as a region and individually, can do to prevent or reduce carbon pollution? 

Feb. 25, 2015
King County becomes largest government in U.S. to pilot new energy-tracking system used by Microsoft

Feb. 12, 2015
Executive Constantine welcomes movement on state transportation package

Feb. 5, 2015
External article, Coastal News Today
Sea change: Company's work evolves from building bulkheads to restoration

Jan. 23, 2015
Installing energy-efficient lighting at treatment plant to save King County $33,000 each year

Jan. 15, 2015
External article, Mercer Island Reporter
PSE offers $500 rebate for EV chargers

Jan. 8, 2015
King County, cities sign ambitious agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions and confront climate change

Jan. 8, 2015
External report, KPLU
Coalition of King County Cities Adopt Formal Goals In Climate Pact

Dec. 17, 2014
Local elected leaders welcome Governor's climate proposal

Dec. 17, 2014
External Article, Crosscut
Inslee wants to limit carbon emissions, help with budget challenges

Dec. 16, 2014
Executive welcomes Governor's transportation plan to increase mobility across the state

Dec. 8, 2014
Councilmembers: EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan continues effort to revitalize the “lifeblood” of Seattle

Dec. 3, 2014
External opinion, Seattle Times
Guest: Why the EPA’s plan is the best way forward for the Duwamish River

Dec. 2, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Mammoth $342 million cleanup ahead for fouled Duwamish River

Nov. 26, 2014
Executive Constantine nominated for Sustainable Leadership Award

Nov. 14, 2014
Infrastructure report offers roadmap to an affordable, sustainable future

Sep. 12, 2014
Executive's budget to call for accelerating energy efficiency projects throughout King County

Sep. 9, 2014
Executive Constantine joins 65 elected leaders to call for a statewide clean fuels standard

Sep. 8, 2014
Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray announce Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy

Sep. 7, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Revised 2nd Avenue bike lane signals change for drivers, riders

Sep. 7, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
As wind power surges, opposition grows

Sep. 6, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Power clashes cloud solar’s future in Washington

Aug. 20, 2014
Metro will use a federal grant to test battery-powered, zero-emission buses
Ten years after first hybrid buses, Metro delivers an even more energy-efficient fleet

Jul. 30, 2014
Ridership for Metro's RapidRide surges again, up nearly 40 percent

Jul. 30, 2014
External report, KPLU
Inslee Touring Washington Sites That Show Costs Of Climate Change

Jul. 24, 2014
Traffic delays and infrastructure costs identified in new study bolster opposition to coal train exports

Jul. 23, 2014
Regional leaders unite in call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in King County
Targeting 80 percent reduction of countywide emissions by 2050

Jul. 11, 2014
External report, KUOW
New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

Jul. 2, 2014
External article, Governing
Climate Change Is Happening, and Cities Need to Pay Attention Now

Jun. 24, 2014
External article, Climate Solutions
50x30 Carbon Reduction: Ambitious but Achievable

Jun. 23, 2014
Building a farm-to-plate pipeline will better connect local farmers and communities

Jun. 2, 2014
Executive Constantine applauds President Obama's EPA rule to cut carbon emissions from nation's power plants
Clean energy to get boost with new standards for coal-fired and other energy plants

May 15, 2014
External report, NPR
Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed

May 13, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
NASA spots 'unstoppable' Antarctic ice sheet melt

May 12, 2014
External article, Seattle Weekly
How Climate Change Is Impacting the Northwest, and How Seattle Is Fighting Back

May 2, 2014
External article, Living Green
Being in Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Apr. 1, 2014
2013 DNRP annual report now available: ‘Environmental Stewardship in King County’

Mar. 4, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Developers envision downtown gondola taking passengers to waterfront

Mar. 4, 2014
GoGreen Seattle: Going beyond business and sustainability as usual
2014 Keynotes Feature King County Executive Dow Constantine, Tesla Co-Founder Kimbal Musk and Darigold CEO Jim Wegner

Feb. 10, 2014
Building equity and confronting climate change frame Executive Constantine’s second-term agenda
Great generational challenges of our time

State of the County 2014

External maps, Berkeley University
Carbon Footprint Maps

Energy Efficiency and Looking Ahead 
Executive Constantine talks about climate change, renewable energy, coal trains and green economic development in King County

2013 King County Accomplishments 

Dec. 20, 2013
Flow of landfill gas to energy plant resumes after King County repairs, tests pipeline

Dec. 19, 2013
Disappointment at continued inaction on state transportation funding

Dec. 18, 2013
King County buys threatened Snoqualmie Valley farmland, plans to return land to farming

Dec. 16, 2013
King County Council deeply concerned about establishment of new coal terminals

Nov. 5, 2013
External, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest

Oct. 23, 2013
Snoqualmie Valley farmland saved, rural economy boosted, under King County plan

Oct. 22, 2013
External column, Seattle Times
Energy Independence Act costing less than naysayers warned

Sep. 23, 2013
External release, City of Mercer Island
Mercer Island Receives EPA Green Power Community of the Year Award

Sep. 20, 2013
King County seeks public input for next Strategic Plan

Sep. 16, 2013
Seattle and King County Councils approve historic growth-management partnership

Sep. 11, 2013
External report, KUOW
Restoring Puget Sound Shorelines One Beach At A Time 

Sep. 2013
External article, Psychology Today
Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains?

Jul. 31, 2013
Executive Constantine on scope of environmental review for Bellingham coal export terminal

Jul. 26, 2013
Nomination of King County Executive Dow Constantine to President Obama's White House Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Community Resiliency (1.4 Mb pdf)

Jul. 8, 2013
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle

Jul. 1, 2013
King County Executive Dow Constantine on the State Senate’s Inability to Deliver Transportation Solutions

Jun. 19, 2013
Regional transit agencies host lunchtime fair in Seattle to help commuters “Dump the Pump”

Northwest coal terminals: Executive Constantine's letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (pdf)

Electric vehicles in King County

Jun. 17, 2013
External article, Q13 FOX
Seattle takes bold action on climate change

Jun. 10, 2013
Executive thanks Governor for Smart Communities award recognizing completion of wall against sprawl

Jun. 3, 2013
King County Brownfields Program manager wins national leadership award

May 29, 2013
External article, Green Lane Project
Bicycling surges across the country, outpacing critics’ complaints

May 29, 2013
Fast Facts: King County supports Superfund cleanup

May 16, 2013
‘Look, Smile, Wave’ campaign promotes bike safety

May 15, 2013
External article, Enumclaw Courier-Herald
Overflow audience calls for preservation of Metro service

May 14, 2013
External article, Atlantic Cities
Does Every City Need A Chief Resilience Officer?

May 13, 2013
External opinion, Seattle Times
State should allow King County a local option to fund transportation

May 10, 2013
External article, New York Times
Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

May 10, 2013
King County wins funding to evaluate contaminated ‘brownfield’ sites
Focus on Duwamish industrial area and surrounding communities helps County address equity and social justice

May 6, 2013
External report, KUOW
Making Seattle Carbon Neutral By 2050 

Apr. 25, 2013
External report, KPLU
Seattle voted most-liked U.S. city in nationwide poll

Apr. 24, 2013
External article, Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland challenging residents to become greenest town in the Puget Sound

Apr. 23, 2013
GoGreen Conference offers best in green practices for businesses, governments

King County honors 12 environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Aaron Adelstein, Leader in Sustainable Building

Apr. 23, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Puget Sound Bike Share to roll out with 500 bicycles
Service could spread to suburban areas

Apr. 23, 2013
External article, MyNorthwest
Bellevue City Council signs off on light rail route

Apr. 22, 2013
External article, NBC News
Earth Day founder's 'living' building signals new era of sleek sustainability

Apr. 17, 2013
External news release, EPA
Green-Powered Northwest Colleges and Businesses are Reducing Pollution and Fighting Climate Change

Mar. 31, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Tribes' salmon court win may go way beyond $1B in culvert repairs

Mar. 31, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
People power means clean power for the people of Washington state

Mar. 31, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Would new rules leave loopholes for big houses on small lots?

Mar. 29, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Judge orders Washington State to fix culverts blocking salmon

Mar. 21, 2013
Executive Constantine reaches agreement to conserve largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County
Conservation easement near Enumclaw would protect an area about twice the size of city of Bellevue

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announce a new partnership: the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (external).

Mar. 21, 2013
External article, New York Times
Scientists Propose a New Architecture for Sustainable Development

Feb. 28, 2013
Executive Constantine welcomes release of federal cleanup plan for Lower Duwamish Waterway

Feb. 27, 2013
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
EPA proposes $305M cleanup for Duwamish

Feb. 4, 2013
2013 State of the County Address

Feb. 4, 2013
King County reaches ambitious goal of getting half of its energy for operations from renewable sources

Jan. 23, 2013
External article, Seattle P-I
Washington among the top for green buildings

Jan. 12, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle calculates how climate change will redraw its shores

Dec. 14, 2012
Testimony of King County Executive Dow Constantine on the proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal EIS

Dec. 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
King County aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050

Nov. 30, 2012
City of Seattle, King County selected as pilot STAR communities

Nov. 26, 2012
External article, Seattle P-I
Feeling creative about saving energy? Pitch your ideas to Seattle City Light

Nov. 5, 2012
External article, Sustainable Business Oregon
An Oregon response to climate change

Oct. 23, 2012
“Green Community Initiative” goal: Boost sustainability projects in King County
Executive proposes first such initiative in the state to help groups and businesses access low-interest loans and create deep energy savings

Oct. 23, 2012
Executive Constantine issues the first home building permit from new customer-friendly Snoqualmie office

Oct.15, 2012
Council approves Vashon solar project

Sept. 18, 2012
Brightwater Center earns prestigious LEED® Platinum certification

Sept. 12, 2012
King County, PCC Farmland Trust partner to protect Snoqualmie Valley farmland

Aug. 26, 2012
King County's first Community Solar project set to shine on Vashon Island

Aug. 24, 2012
External article, Christian Science Monitor
Cities turn to innovative 'green infrastructure'

Aug. 22, 2012
King County’s innovative camping container in place at Tolt-MacDonald Park, ready for guests

Aug. 21, 2012
More time to develop ideas for tapping thermal energy from wastewater lines

Conservation Futures: forests, farms and fun... forever
30th anniversary video celebrating conservation of King County's precious open space, parks, farms and forests.

Aug. 8, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
Washington steps up fight against polluted runoff

Jul. 24, 2012
Executive and Mayor announce innovative partnership for rural protections and urban densities
Incentive program provides new public benefits for development of South Lake Union while preserving rural farms and forests

Jul. 12, 2012
King County seeks private sector partner to harness thermal energy in wastewater
Developers and owners of commercial property invited to submit ideas

Storefront Studio - UW Dept. of Architecture (external)

Jun. 25, 2012
External report, Seattle Times
Executive’s innovative solution to replace North Lot parking approved by Council
Use of available space in Metro employee garage on nights and weekends enables mixed-use development to revitalize Pioneer Square

Jun. 25, 2012
External report, Seattle Times
Downtown construction rebounds, led by apartments

Jun.25, 2012
External report, KPLU
Study: Rising seas will hit Calif. hardest, but Washington still sees damage

Jun. 22, 2012
External opinion, Vancouver Sun
Fight climate change with better buildings

Jun. 18, 2012
Plan to control stormwater sewer overflows underscores King County’s commitment to water quality
Executive also calls for a new science-based study

Jun. 12, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
$257 billion invested in renewable energy in 2011

Jun. 7, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
41-story condo tower ready to start in downtown Seattle

Jun. 7, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Biodiversity helps sustain human life, scientists say

Jun. 7, 2012
Brightwater Education and Community Center recognized for excellence in civic design
American Institute of Architects Washington Council presented award

Jun. 6, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
We must do more to accelerate solutions to climate change
Climate change should be the subject of a robust national dialogue about the best strategies for solutions

Jun. 3, 2012
External article, Maple Valley Reporter
Federal funds on the way to expand bus rapid transit in King County

Jun. 1, 2012
King County accepting applications for Lower Duwamish Green Grants through July 6

May 29, 2012
External article, Crosscut
Urban walkability: the new driver in real estate values

Climate change and stormwater

May 24, 2012
External article, Seattle P-I
Washington rated most bike-friendly state, Seattle slips

May 23, 2012
Employee-inspired efficiencies spark a new crop of King County ‘Energy Heroes’
6 staff recognized for working to improve energy efficiencies and helping King County cut its carbon emissions

May 20, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflows

May 14, 2012
External article, Sightline Daily
For Climate, Place Matters

  • Transfer of Development Rights
    A tool for reducing climate-warming emissions

May 6, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Fertilizer from food waste: PCC tests 'full circle' system with local firm

May 3, 2012
External article, U.S. Dept. of Defense
Panetta: Environment Emerges as National Security Concern

Apr. 21, 2012
External column, Seattle Times
Puget Sound area still in search of 3rd economic cluster
Clean tech is another promising area, already employing more than 31,000.

Apr. 20, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
WSU organic agriculture, wind and solar development programs receive $5M gift

Apr.19, 2012
King County seeks partners to invest in solar panels at County facilities
Program will spark investments in clean energy at “solar hot spots,” and help County meet goal of generating half of the energy it consumes

External resource, PSRC
Cycle Tracks - Puget Sound Region
"We Need Your Help"

Apr. 13, 2012
External article, Slate
Learning To Walk

EcoConsumer Zero Waste Earth Day

Apr. 11, 2012
Regional task force resolves long-standing dispute over school siting
Unanimous recommendations call for siting new schools in urban growth areas, to preserve the rural environment and support sustainable development

Apr. 9, 2012
External report, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Shares of electricity generation from renewable energy sources up in many states

Mar. 30, 2012
See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available

Mar. 21, 2012
External article, Citytank
Seattle’s Got The Transformational Moves

Mar. 18, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Kirkland city manager stumps for trail project along old rail line

Mar. 17, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Officials keen to make region a center for aviation biofuels

Mar. 17, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle blessed by downtown's upswing

Mar. 14, 2012
External article, Los Angeles Times
Rising sea: Millions at growing risk of flooding, reports find

External video - Vimeo
Greenhouse gas emissions in King County

External video - Vimeo
Community Solar Roundtable
Opening public spaces for solar installations

Feb. 17, 2012
External article, Good
Seattle’s King County Confronts Citizens’ True Carbon Footprint

Feb. 15, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Amazon to buy Denny Triangle property; plans 3 big office towers

Feb. 11, 2012
External column, Seattle Times
Drilling deeper on talk of U.S. energy independence

Feb. 10, 2012
Sustainable EnviroStars businesses featured at Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Landscapers, garden designers use fewer chemicals for healthy, beautiful gardens

The Year of Whole Systems Thinking
Meeting schedule, King County GreenTools and The Climate Collaboration

Feb. 9, 2012
Swedish Medical Center grounds crews go green and save money, earn EnviroStars honor

Feb. 8, 2012
King County launches Loop at the NW Flower & Garden Show

Feb. 8, 2012
Study reveals complex picture of greenhouse gas emissions in King County

Feb. 5, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
Promote clean water with green infrastructure

Feb. 1, 2012
External article, Crosscut
Will the last farmer to leave Puget Sound please wish us luck?

Feb. 1, 2012
Meeting provides green stormwater infrastructure project updates, Feb. 8

2010-2012 Midterm Report (pdf)
King County Executive Dow Constantine

Jan. 28, 2012
External article, My Everett
Everett Based Utility Says Customers Have Doubled Solar Use

Jan. 27, 2011
King County meeting Feb. 7 for public input on federal grant to help clean Maury Island site

Jan. 27, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Longtime Monroe dairy farm now turns manure into money

Jan. 25, 2012
External report, KING5
EPA chief comes to Seattle, vows job growth

Jan. 23, 2012
Executive praises passage of market-based tool for protecting wetlands
County Council unanimously approves creating mitigation credit program

Jan. 11, 2012
External article, TechFlash
The Climate Corporation opens Seattle office

Jan. 3, 2012
External article, Sightline Daily
The Porous Road Less Traveled
Rice crispy roadways deliver the goods

Dec. 12, 2011
Got ‘cow power?’ Groundbreaking kicks off green energy project near Enumclaw

Dec. 7, 2011
External article, Seattle Medium
King County Awards $10.6 Million To Affordable Housing Development

Nov. 14, 2011
Executive applauds Bellevue action on East Link light rail

Nov. 7, 2011
External post, Washington DNR
City of Kirkland gains more tree canopy; good news for residents

Nov. 1, 2011
External article, American City & County
Green team
County connects cities to move sustainability initiative forward

Oct. 27, 2011
First mitigation credit program of its kind in the state would streamline permitting and draws support from both builders and environmental groups

Oct. 26, 2011
King County honors employees with ‘Excellence in Building Green’ awards
Highlighted projects save money and resources, cut waste

Oct. 18, 2011
External article, Sightline Daily
A Green Makeover Inside and Out
A greener house cuts energy use and stops stormwater runoff

Oct. 17, 2011
King County and Sound Transit land $14.4 million in federal grants for buses, facilities
Grants will create jobs and make ST Express fleet greener

Oct. 7, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
'Carbon footprint' info can lead to wiser choices

Oct. 3, 2011
King County launches campaign to improve construction jobsite diversion, recycling
Local companies encouraged to apply to be a ‘CleanBin’ jobsite

Sept. 29, 2011
External column, Seattle Times
Brightwater sewage-treatment plant more than a passing fancy

Sept. 29, 2011
External article, Daily Journal of Commerce
It’s not all waste - fueling our future energy needs

Sept.28, 2011
External article, Sightline Daily
Killer Transit Apps

Sept. 28, 2011
External report. Seattle P-I
UW, WSU get $40 million for biofuel work

Sept. 27, 2011
Groundbreaking on North Lot begins new era for Pioneer Square
Executive Constantine joins with developer and local officials to turn first shovelful of dirt

Sept. 22, 2011
King County Executive reaches creative solution that moves forward North Lot development
Former Kingdome parking site to become the largest transit-oriented project on the West Coast

Sept. 19, 2011
External article, The Weekly Herald
Light rail: On Hwy 99 or I-5?

Sept. 15, 2011
Soon-to-open Brightwater plant already receiving kudos for energy efficiencies
Snohomish PUD presents $265,000 rebate check to King County

Sept. 13, 2011
External report, KUOW
Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power

Sept. 12, 2011
Green energy project to require temporary West Point beach and trail closure, Sept. 14

Sept. 12, 2011
External report, KOMO News
As city plans new Broadview raingardens, neighbors ready for fight

Sept. 11, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Time to move from strategizing to cleanup of Puget Sound

Sept. 9, 2011
Issaquah, Shoreline, Kirkland add momentum to King County-Cities Climate Collaboration

Aug. 30, 2011
External article, Los Angeles Times
Seattle building aims to be a 'green' giant

Aug. 29, 2011
Finalists for Executive's Small Business Awards showcase depth of entrepreneurial excellence
Winners to be announced October 12 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue

Aug. 29, 2011
External report, KOMO
Crews break ground on 'greenest building in the world'

Aug. 27, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Ultra-green office building breaking ground

Aug. 24, 2011
Tapping sewer lines for heat and energy in Seattle’s Interbay area proposed by Executive
Pioneering waste heat technology to be tested for the first time in the region

Aug. 19, 2011
County’s smart growth agreement protects open space ‘emerald necklace’ around Sammamish
Transfer of Development Rights agreement will protect 700-plus acres in the Patterson Creek watershed

Aug. 19, 2011
King County’s ‘EcoCribz’ - part II tells story of healthy energy retrofit
Two-part video follows Renton family through a remodel gone wrong, made right

Aug. 18, 2011
Lower Duwamish ‘Green Grants’ promote community-based environmental stewardship
Grants intend to help reduce runoff, protect water quality by funding small-scale habitat restoration, rain gardens, outreach projects and more

Aug. 17, 2011
King County recognized by NACo for innovative county government project

Aug. 17, 2011
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
'Ultra-green' Fremont five-story building planned

Aug. 15, 2011
External article, The Weekly Herald
14 years and $1.8 billion later, Brightwater nearly ready for its first flush

Aug. 11, 2011
External article, Mother Jones
What It'll Take to Make Seattle Carbon Neutral

Aug. 2011
External article, Popular Mechanics
Build a Local Tool Library
DIY Heroes: 10 Backyard Builders Changing the World

City of Shoreline
Green Street "Complete Street" Demonstration Project

Aug. 8, 2011
External report, KPLU
Community Solar program has benefits, needs more supporters

Aug. 10, 2011
External report, RAC
Seattle firm works on air conditioner technology that uses 90% less power

2010 Accomplishments, Green Building Program

July 25, 2011
Up to 2,700 construction jobs to be created with development of North Lot of former Kingdome
Project moves forward with affordable housing in first construction phase

July 20, 2011
External report, Sightline Daily
WalkScore’s New Rankings for Cities
2,500 cities ranked using 2010 Census data

July 20, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle single-family homes now recycle 70% of waste

July 19, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
Seattle sets record: 388k tons of waste recycled

July 14, 2011
External report, Climate Solutions
NW strongest region for green jobs

July 13, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
State to open electric-car charging stations along I-5 corridor

July 11, 2011
Executive thanks Council for clearing the way for expanded P&R, housing in SR-520 corridor
Agreement sets stage for 250 additional P&R spaces and 200 apartment units in South Kirkland

July 11, 2011
Executive praises Council for unanimously adopting Metro Transit service reforms
New Transit Strategic Plan will enable Metro to carry more riders for each hour of service, and help support region’s job growth and economic recovery

July 8, 2011
Executive celebrates grand opening of Passage Point housing project in Maple Valley

July 8, 2011
External report, Sightline Daily
Seattle Starts Making Sustainability Legal
City leaders consider positive regulatory reform

July 7, 2011
External article, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Brightwater, a place for hands-on environmental education
Brightwater Center educates through programs and exhibits, as well as building design

June 30, 2011
External report, Seattle P-I
Study: Seattle among top ‘green’ cities in North America

June 9, 2011
Historic preservation stars to be honored at 11th annual John D. Spellman Awards

June 6, 2011
Taking on climate change locally through King County-Cities Climate Collaboration
Local governments to leverage resources, collaborate on local sustainability efforts

June 6, 2011
External article, Grist
A Seattle development that is greener than green

June 2, 2011
External opinion, Kirkland Reporter
Puget Sound electric vehicles infrastructure drives local economy, environment

May 23, 2011
New clean, green hybrid buses hit the streets today
With fuel prices high, new Orion buses will help Metro’s overall green fleet save more than $4.6 million this year alone

King County Climate Motion
Actions to reduce climate emissions from county operations, save energy and money, and promote joint efforts with cities to reduce community-scale green house gas emissions.

May 11, 2011
External report, Clean Technica
Seattle launches building efficiency benchmarking program

May 5, 2011
Report: Environmental protections successful at Urban Planned Developments in King County12-year-long monitoring program of numerous environmental conditions shows stormwater management systems effective

May 4, 2011
External article, Grist
11 U.S. cities honored as ‘walk-friendly’: Seattle ranks first

April 21, 2011
Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 19, 2011
King County honors environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Executive Constantine to recognize winners at County’s annual Earth Day Expo, April 22 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle

April 14, 2011
Executive Constantine goes online April 18 to discuss climate change with experts, public

April 14, 2011
DDES takes some of the hassle out of permit processing with new service
New pre-submittal service will reduce permit review processing time to help applicants

April 5, 2011
One mile of Puget Sound shoreline preserved with deal between Camp Fire USA and King County
Collaboration protects shoreline and open space from future development and focuses growth in urban areas

March 28, 2011
King County to host meeting on green stormwater infrastructure proposal, April 6
Community invited to meet project staff, hear West Seattle plan details

March 14, 2011
Upgrade projects continue at West Point Treatment Plant

Feb. 27, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Fast-growing Snoqualmie: two tales of one city

Feb. 23, 2011
Public input encouraged as King County updates stormwater management plan
Online survey, videos part of involvement process; Comments due by March 11

Feb. 23, 2011
Clean-water investments bolster economic growth, support regional environmental goals
Sewer improvement projects top King County priority list in 2011

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

Feb. 8, 2011
External report, KUOW
Living Building

Feb. 1, 2011
External article, Sightline Daily
Putting a Price on Stormwater Pollution

Jan. 31, 2011
Sale of emissions credits from landfill gas will net an estimated $500,000 a year from pioneering King County effort
Purchase of emissions credits by PSE supports goals of Executive’s 2010 Energy Plan

Jan. 31, 2011
External article, Crosscut
A new tool for fighting rural sprawl

Jan. 25, 2011
External article, Mother Jones
Why Seattle Will Stay Dry When Your City Floods

Jan. 24, 2011
King County Council votes to join Seattle 2030 District
Public-private collaborative for energy efficient buildings downtown

Jan. 24, 2011
External article, Covington/Maple Valley Reporter
Black Diamond and King County to receive grant money for stormwater

Jan. 13, 2011
External article, Crosscut
How far will we sprawl? In Washington, no one knows

Jan. 12, 2011
External article, Crosscut
State board limits developers' ability to avoid water regulations

Jan. 11, 2011
External report, The Oregonian
Study: More city trees equals bigger Oregon babies

Jan. 7, 2011
External report, National Public Radio
Poll: Support For Wind Energy Remains Strong In Northwest

Jan. 6, 2011
External column, Seattle Times
Basic survival: water supply and quality