King County joins Issaquah, other cities on climate change effort
March 22, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. March 22, 2012
King County Council members approved a partnership among the county, Issaquah and other cities to coordinate regional efforts on climate change and sustainability issues.
In a unanimous decision, leaders OK’d a program to bring together county and city staffers to collaborate on greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and other shared projects.
In June 2011, the county and several cities formed a partnership called the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. The focus of the collaboration is to pool resources to combat the impact of climate change.
The adopted ordinance calls for County Executive Dow Constantine to enter into a pact finalizing the county’s participation in the effort.
“This climate collaboration is more than a pledge, it’s a new era of partnership with cities to make real progress toward reducing climate pollution,” he said in a statement.
In addition to Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie and Tukwila joined the collaboration. The county and cities pledged to commit funds and staffing to the program. Besides greenhouse gas emissions reductions, plans call for collaboration on “green” building, renewable energy, sustainability outreach and education, and transportation.
“The Climate Collaboration is an exciting opportunity to maximize our regional efforts to respond to the climate crisis through cooperation, coordination, and pooled resources,” Councilman Larry Phillips, Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee and prime sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement. “Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions starts with action at the local level.”