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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 change impacts, and supporting resilience in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.

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The Proposed 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) is here!

King County is updating its Strategic Climate Action Plan in 2020 that outlines 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.

King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted the proposed 2020 SCAP to the King County Council on August 27, 2020. The County Council will review and schedule public hearings to consider adoption of the SCAP this fall and winter. Read the full news release of the 2020 SCAP.  Learn more about the 2020 SCAP update.

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Climate Equity Community Task Force (CECTF)

The CECTF is a group of leaders who represent frontline communities across King County. The task force guided community-driven actions in the new climate equity section of the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan.

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 K4CKing County’s Climate Action Toolkit for Cities
Thank you for your input on the King County Cities Climate Collaboration Toolkit! The online survey is closed now, and we are reviewing your comments. Thank you for your interest in the Toolkit, which 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, framed in the updated K4C Joint Commitments and King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan, will help guide cities that are just getting started in climate planning, as well as those seeking to move farther and faster. The Toolkit will be transmitted to the King County Council in September. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of the latest news.

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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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