King County joins Issaquah, other cities on climate change effort

March 22, 2012

By Staff

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.”

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2 Responses to “King County joins Issaquah, other cities on climate change effort”

  1. blufart on March 22nd, 2012 7:33 pm

    You think you have a climate crisis? and are you sure it’s caused by human activity? if it is then it can be fixed but I think mother earth and mother nature will have something to say so you better think that one threw before you jump in with both feet. Cause the answer to it is the destruction of our way of life, both yours, mine and everybody elses, Our scientists know the severity of our weather is largely controlled by solar flairs on the sun and we are having the worst flairs recorded ever, ya think this might have something to do with it? Now saving money on transportation fuel, building heating and air con. is smart fianichal planning by all means do that but please don’t insult me by using “climate Crisis” as the excuse to do this.

  2. Sally on March 25th, 2012 12:09 am

    If Issaquah was serious about this climate concern of greenhouse gases, pollutions, etc., would Rowleyville be permitted, would ten+ story building be allowed. How about all the development in the valley which will come. And if Rowley can have his way, why not anybody else? We sit in a valley surrounded by mountains. Many have ugly blights of overbuild. You can alresdy see the brown haze over Bellevue creeping. For Issaquah to claim they are joining these others in prevention is disengenuous at best.

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