King County Strategic Climate Action Plan - 2015 Annual Report

residents and our environment and will impact the services King County provides. The SCAP ..... The RCC, co-led by King County and Seattle – played critical roles in adoption .... over 200 Acres Managed by the Parks Division. Target: 100% ...
5MB Sizes 0 Downloads 77 Views
June 2O16

www.kingcounty.gov/climate

TABLE OF CONTENTS A Message from King County Executive Dow Constantine ........... 1 2O15 Performance Overview .......................................................................... 2 2O15 Goal Area Details SECTION 1: REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS 1 Transportation and Land Use ....................................................................... 3 2 Buildings and Facilities Energy..................................................................... 5 3 Green Building................................................................................................ 7 4 Consumption and Materials Management .................................................. 9 5 Forests and Agriculture ............................................................................... 11

SECTION 2: PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ................ 13

Appendix: Status of Priority Actions

...................................................... 15

SECTION 1: REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ..................... 17 1 Transportation and Land Use ..................................................................... 17 2 Buildings and Facilities Energy................................................................... 25 3 Green Building.............................................................................................. 30 4 Consumption and Materials Management ................................................ 35 5 Forests and Agriculture ............................................................................... 40

SECTION 2: PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ................ 45

June 2O16

www.kingcounty.gov/climate

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE Dear King County Residents, 2015 gave us a glimpse of what the future will be like if climate change continues—and it didn’t look good. Across our county and state, damaging floods, record-low mountain snowpack, searing summer heat, dying salmon, and massive wildfires took a toll on residents’ health, livelihoods, and quality of life. These events reminded us of the urgent need to confront the many challenges of climate change. King County government has a long record of action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change, but we must do much more. Our Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), adopted in 2015, is a bold blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across King County by 80 percent by 2050. It sets goals, targets, measures, and priority actions in five key areas: · Transportation and Land Use

· Consumption and Materials Management

· Buildings and Facilities Energy

· Forests and Agriculture

· Green Building Fortunately, the actions we need to take—expanding transit, conserving energy, using more renewable energy, and preserving open space—will also bring a multitude of benefits to our economy and environment. We also updated our understanding of how climate change will affect the health and safety of our residents and our environment and will impact the services King County provides. The SCAP recommends comprehensive research and action to prepare our region for a changing climate. While the plan was adopted just last November, we have already completed the first SCAP Annual Report. Reflecting my commitment to transparency and performance management, it reviews our goals and our progress in translating our climate commitments into action. It shows where we’re on track and where we need to do more. I’m proud of the work King County employees have done to make government operations more efficient and sustainable as we provide essential regional services. I’m also honored to work in partnership with cities, energy utilities, businesses, and county residents as we continue to confront climate change. Here are just a few of our recent successes: · Metro Transit achieved a record 125.7 million passenger boardings. · King Cou