King County Climate Newsletter, October 2021

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October 11, 2021

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You're Invited! 

The King County climate team is hosting two meetings on different topics this month.

October 19th, 6pm: K4C Elected Official Town Hall

Join King County Executive Constantine and King County – Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) Elected Officials at a virtual Town Hall, Tuesday, October 19th from 6-7pm. Leaders will discuss K4C actions to build climate equity and climate resilience into long-term planning. Click here to join the webinar (Webinar Passcode: 644147)

October 28th, 5pm: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Public Meeting

King County and regional partner agencies and jurisdictions are launching a first-of-its-kind comprehensive update of the Puget Sound region’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The analysis will provide fresh insight into the region’s key emissions sources and ways to reduce countywide emissions equitably.

We invite all community members to participate. We aim to gather diverse community perspectives and feedback on how to make the project useful and relevant to you—including how to integrate social equity and Just Transition principles into the process. Click here to register for the meeting

New $20 Million Climate Equity Capital Pool Proposed

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On September 30, Executive Constantine transmitted his $617 million mid-biennial proposed supplemental budget, which includes $20 million of Climate Equity bond funds for projects to support frontline communities disproportionately affected by climate change and increase opportunities for those communities to benefit from emissions reductions and energy efficiency.  Through a six-month process, the Climate Equity Community Task Force crafted the goals of this Climate Equity funding, developed criteria for project proposals, and, ultimately, selected project proposals for the mid-biennial budget process. The projects include:

  • White Center Community Hub funding, which will have a significant solar array and provide holistic support to frontline communities disproportionately affected by climate change.
  • Grants to enhance green building components of affordable housing projects.
  • Parks solar lighting to improve safety, walkability, and gathering spaces in underinvested areas.
  • Environmental investments for income-qualified homes, including home energy retrofits and onsite sewage system repairs and replacements.
  • ADA pedestrian improvements in White Center to boost walkability and transit access.
  • Infrastructure to improve opportunities for BIPOC farmers to grow and harvest culturally relevant foods in King County.

Please note, all projects are subject to Council approval, which is expected in late November.

C-PACER Ordinance Goes to Council

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Executive Constantine transmitted the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy + Resiliency (C-PACER) ordinance to the King County Council in August. C-PACER is an innovative financing mechanism to help commercial, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family buildings become more efficient and resilient. If passed by Council, more than 4,000 buildings in King County would soon be eligible for the program. The Mobility and Environment Committee is slated to take up the legislation on October 27th.