It's easy being green. Let King County show you how.
It's Easy Being Green: let King County show you how
What we eat, what we buy, how we travel and how we connect with nature can positively impact the future of our planet. Small choices can add up to big changes.
Services and resources for developers, architects, engineers and homeowners to build in ways that are beneficial now and over the long-term.
- Land stewardship
King County offers four "tracks" to help you carry out a range of development activities including building or remodeling a house, farming or raising livestock, or managing forestland or other natural resources.
- Rural stewardship planning
In the RA zone, streamline the permit process and modify some buffer requirements in exchange for a long term commitment to protect natural resources in other ways.
- Forest stewardship planning
Achieve individual forestry objectives while integrating protection and/or enhancement of forest resources.
- Farm management planning
- Rural stewardship planning
Environmental education programs and resources
Information for teachers to access King County's environmental education programs and facilities and resources for students to learn about natural resources.
Northwest natural yard and garden
Earth-friendly tips, tools and resources King County provides to save resources, reduce pollution, and promote sustainability and biodiversity in the maritime Pacific Northwest region that includes King County.
- How to set up a rain barrel or cistern
Save rainwater to water thirsty plants later and reduce your stormwater runoff too.
Stormwater runoff pollution and how to reduce it
Find out how you can help keep lakes, streams and Puget Sound clean.
King County has a goal of conserving more than 60,000 acres of high conservation value lands within a generation, including farmlands, forest lands and trails.
Conservation Futures Program
King County celebrates 30 years of land stewardship, funding the protection of forests, farms and recreation areas across King County.
Basin Stewards Program
Professional contacts available to work with landowners and public agency officials to protect local habitats. Basin Stewards are are familiar with specific King County watersheds, their local communities and natural resources.
Lake Stewardship Program
Program offers advice, training, technical expertise and grant sponsorship to help people monitor and manage the County's many ponds and lakes.
As of 2012, 66,072 acres of the land zoned Rural and Agriculture in King County demonstrate stewardship with a farm plan, forest plan and/or enrollment in conservation incentive programs.
- Water and Land Resources Division
- Wastewater Treatment Division
- Parks and Recreation Division
- Solid Waste Division
News and announcements
Jul. 26, 2022
External article, Seattle City Light Powerlines
Summer tips for staying comfortable without using a lot of electricity
Jul. 10, 2022
External report, Seattle Times
First Foods: How Native people are revitalizing the natural nourishment of the Pacific Northwest
Apr. 24, 2021
External article, Seattle Times
How to build a rain garden — a creative, pollinator-friendly way to keep pollution from flowing into Puget Sound
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