King County’s efforts to address climate change and promote cleaner transportation were recognized this month with the “2016 Clean Cities Sustainable Commitment Award” from our partners at Western Washington Clean Cities.
This is the Clean Cities most prestigious annual award, reserved for organizations that go above and beyond in their commitment to reduce fossil fuel use, promote alternative fuels, and improve air quality. King County is a Gold-level Clean Cities member, and under Executive Dow Constantine’s leadership, has taken bold steps to adopt clean technologies and promote equitable access to transportation.
The King County Department of Transportation has invested in cleaner fuels for buses, fleet vehicles, and water taxis, and announced a roadmap for transitioning Metro to a zero-emission transit agency powered by renewable energy. Metro announced plans in January to purchase up to 120 all battery electric buses by 2020, marking the largest public agency commitment yet to battery-electric buses.
Metro also operates the nation’s largest public VanPool program and other ridesharing options that save more than 2.3 million gallons of gasoline annually. And the county remains a regional leader by working to implement the goals and strategies in our 2015 Strategic Climate Action Plan.
The Clean Cities award was presented during the Western Washington Clean Cities Awards dinner on June 8.