Lessons in Regional Resilience: The King County - Cities Climate Collaboration

January 18, 2017

This case study on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) is part of a series of six case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to explore lessons that cities across the country are learning as they work together across jurisdictional lines on climate action.

The K4C is a collaborative between King County, WA and cities within the County; it currently has fourteen local government members that have joined by signing an Interlocal Agreement. This case study explores how K4C’s efforts – which have primarily focused on climate change mitigation (reducing emissions) – have resulted in the adoption of shared countywide greenhouse gas reduction targets. It also explores how the collaborative has helped to produce policy recommendations that local governments in the region could adopt to meet emission reduction goals in specific areas, like electric vehicle usage and commercial energy benchmarking.

Each case study in this series explores the roles that these collaboratives are playing to support climate action in their regions, how the collaboratives are helping to align resources and policies among participating jurisdictions, and how they are structured and funded. A synthesis report also explores lessons that can be learned by comparing the efforts of each collaborative on climate policy in their regions.