King County joins Issaquah, other cities in climate change effort

March 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

King County Council members approved a partnership among the county, Issaquah and other cities March 19 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 is to pool resources to combat the impact of climate change.

“We will share information that helps us do these things,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said March 23. “So, for instance, the county has programs that help people do land-use and transportation planning that make connectivity stronger.”

In September, Frisinger signed the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration pledge during the Green Tools Government Confluence at Pickering Barn.

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Learn more about the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration at the program website, www.kingcounty.gov/environment/climate/other-governments/climate-pledge.aspx.

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.

“It helps inform us about things that will be beneficial to our individual communities in slowing down climate change,” Frisinger said.

The adopted County Council 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 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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