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Tackling climate change is our priority

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Climate change is one of the paramount environmental and economic challenges for our generation and the actions we take today will shape the health, safety, economy, and environment of tomorrow.   King County is committed to taking bold action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for climate impacts, and strengthening communities across our region.

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2020 SCAP Update

In 2019 and 2020 the County will be updating the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) which is a five year blueprint for County goals, priorities, and actions on climate change. Learn more about the SCAP update and how to get involved.

Forest Carbon Program

Forest Carbon Program

This program is tackling climate change by offering local companies the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions by keeping forests intact here in the region.

Zero emissions bus fleet powered by renewable energy

Zero-emission buses

King County Metro is transitioning to an entirely zero-emissions vehicle fleet powered by renewable energy by 2040.

One Million Trees

One Million Trees

Together with over 80 partnering organizations, we’ve almost reached the goal of planting 1,000,000 trees! The ceremonial one millionth tree will be planted in Spring 2020.

Climate Action Toolkit: A partnership between King County and the K4CShare your input on King County’s Climate Action Toolkit for Cities
King County is partnering with the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) to develop a Climate Action Toolkit for use by cities to accelerate our carbon emission reductions at the community scale and within local government operations. This toolkit will reflect the framework of the updated K4C Joint Commitments and King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan. The toolkit will provide guidance on a mix of actionable and practical strategies that fit cities with different types of land use, population, energy supply, and transportation patterns. The recommendations of the toolkit will help guide cities that are just getting started in climate planning, as well as those seeking to move faster and farther.

Your voice is important! Please help inform the Toolkit by sharing your opinions in our survey.

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Strategic Climate Action Plan coverWe are updating the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP)!
King County is updating its Strategic Climate Action Plan in 2020 that will outline the County’s actions on climate change for the next five years. The 2020 SCAP will focus on reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for climate change impacts, and supporting resilience in communities disproportionally impacted by climate change. Over the last 6 months, we’ve gathered input from community members, stakeholders and partners through public workshops, convenings, listening sessions, youth breakouts, community conversations, the 600+ comments we received through our online survey tool, and more! The King County Climate Action Team is now working hard on incorporating the feedback we have received into the priorities included in the 2020 SCAP update! Thank you for all your input!

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Request a climate presentation or workshop
Request a member of the King County Climate Action Team to come provide a tailored presentation or interactive workshop on King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) to your organization, coalition meeting, board meeting, youth group, class, or other gathering. This is a great opportunity for your participants to give input on the 2020 update of the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP).

If you are interested in having a climate presentation or workshop for your group, please fill out a request form. *Due to staff capacity we may not be able to accommodate all requests but we will do our best to meet the needs of your organization or group.*

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