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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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Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

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


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

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


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Mitigation

CLEAN MOBILITY


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Mitigation

WASTE TO RESOURCES AND ENERGY

ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Solid Waste Division Efforts…

Shoreline Transfer Station

LEED Platinum

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Renewable Energy

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Renewable Energy Facility


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Sea Level Risk Assessment

Reclaimed Water

Adaptation

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Flood Planning and Control

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Assessment

OPERATIONAL GOALS

KingStat Climate Performance Measures:

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


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

Assessment

COMMUNITY GOALS

DRAFT DATA – NOT TO SCALE

for illustrative purposes

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Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

What you can do!

1) Bus, Bike or Walk instead of driving.

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


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

What you can do!

2) Be energy efficient.

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


Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

What you can do!

3) Become an ecoconsumer.

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

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Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

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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Matt kuharic senior climate change specialist kingcounty climate

What you can do!

5) Learn more and stay connected.

http://www.kingcounty.gov/climate

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