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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.