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Introduction to King County Climate Solutions Part 2 of 2 (part 1 is science) King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Matt Kuharic Senior Climate Change Specialist http://www.kingcounty.gov/climate [email protected] (206) 296-8738. Draft of 2/7/2011.

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Introduction to King County Climate SolutionsPart 2 of 2 (part 1 is science)King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

Matt Kuharic

Senior Climate Change Specialist

http://www.kingcounty.gov/climate

[email protected]

(206) 296-8738

Draft of 2/7/2011

message from the executive
Message from the Executive

Climate change is already affecting our community and will have increasing impacts in the coming years. This website reflects my strong commitment to making county actions, investments, and performance more transparent and accessible to the public…

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

See the Executive’s Complete Message:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/climate/executive-message.aspx

key policies and targets
Key Policies and Targets

King County Comprehensive Plan

  • Collaborate to reduce regional climate pollution by at least 80% below 2007 levels by 2050

King County Strategic Plan

  • Reduce climate pollution and prepare for the effects of climate change on the environment, human health, and the economy

Numerous specific efforts and policies on:

  • Green building and sustainable development, flood protection, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and renewable energy...

Overview of King County Climate Change Policy:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/climate/king-county/climate-change-policy.aspx

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Why is the County Taking Action?

New Revenue Sources

National Security

Risk Management

The Climate Imperative

Equity and Social Justice

Public Health

Puget Sound Protection

New Jobs

Leadership

Reducing Energy Costs

Economic Development

king county climate solutions highlights
King County Climate Solutions Highlights
  • 2000
    • First greenhouse gas emissions inventory
  • 2005
    • “The Future Ain’t What it Used To Be” climate conference
  • 2006
    • Joined the Chicago Climate Exchange
  • 2007
    • Developed a King County Climate Plan & an Energy Plan
    • Co-authored with UW the Climate Adaptation Guidebook
    • Flood Control District created
  • 2008
    • Updated Green Building and Sustainable Development Policy
    • Transit Now!; Evergreen Fleet Initiative
  • 2009
    • Completion of the Cedar Hills Landfill renewable project
  • 2010
    • Implementation of $6 million to support electric vehicles
    • 2010 King County Energy Plan
    • Focus on integrating climate lens into all decision making
leadership mitigation adaptation assessment
Leadership; Mitigation; Adaptation; Assessment

See www.kingcounty.gov/climate for the latest

leadership
Leadership

COLLABORATION

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

ADVOCACY

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Mitigation

CLEAN MOBILITY

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Mitigation

WASTE TO RESOURCES AND ENERGY

ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

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Solid Waste Division Efforts…

Shoreline Transfer Station

LEED Platinum

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Renewable Energy

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Renewable Energy Facility

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Sea Level Risk Assessment

Reclaimed Water

Adaptation

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Flood Planning and Control

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

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Assessment

OPERATIONAL GOALS

KingStat Climate Performance Measures:

http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/measures/indicators/atmosphere.aspx

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Assessment

COMMUNITY GOALS

DRAFT DATA – NOT TO SCALE

for illustrative purposes

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What you can do!

1) Bus, Bike or Walk instead of driving.

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http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/climate/individual.aspx

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What you can do!

2) Be energy efficient.

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http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/sustainable-building.aspx

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What you can do!

3) Become an ecoconsumer.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/index.asp

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What you can do!

4) Seek zero waste of resources

- reduce, reuse, recycle, compost.

http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/climate/what-can-you-do.asp

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What you can do!

5) Learn more and stay connected.

http://www.kingcounty.gov/climate

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