According to a press release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), which includes the City of Snoqualmie, a 2016 Climate Leadership Award in the category of Innovative Partnerships.
The award recognizes organizations working collaboratively on leading edge climate initiatives and that have collectively established objectives to measurably address greenhouse gas reduction goals and/or adaptation and resilience activities.
Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson accepted the award along with representatives of King County and other K4C member cities* at the Climate Leadership Conference awards ceremony on March 9.
“Without collaborative endeavors like the K4C, our individual efforts seem futile and naive,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matthew R. Larson. “Together we are creating increasing momentum for real and credible change. Being a K4C partner has empowered us. We are grateful and honored by the EPA recognition of this successful collaborative model.”
A founding member since 2011, Snoqualmie has been working with other K4C members to set carbon targets, pool resources, and make true progress in reducing carbon emissions. Since its inception, the K4C has grown to 14 member jurisdictions – 13 cities plus King County – representing 75% of the King County’s residents.
As a K4C member, the City of Snoqualmie has accomplished the following climate leadership initiatives.
- Adopted county-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
- Installed four Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Snoqualmie.
- Obtained a 3-Star Green Fleets Certification for the city’s vehicle fleet.
- Replaced City Hall lighting with more energy-efficient options.
- Increased green power customers in Snoqualmie by 150% to a 8.2% participation rate in 2013 through the PSE Green Power Program.
- Added 10 kilowatts of solar power to City Hall in partnership with Puget Sound Energy.
- Inspired the installation of 42 solar home contracts throughout Snoqualmie Valley, representing more than 200 kilowatts of clean green generating power.
- Partnered with other cities to develop municipal policy and code changes, joint grant funding proposals, and increased influence among state-level stakeholders.