FIRST: That’s the Propel biodiesel station taking shape (first mentioned here last month), with the pump canopy now up, at 35th/Barton. According to the Propel website, it’ll sell B20 and B99 grades. SECOND: Not far away, we stopped by Bird on a Wire Espresso today and noticed they’ve switched to compostable disposable cups, for a surcharge (more info on the Bird website). THIRD: During the 34th District Democratic Caucus on Saturday, West Seattle’s King County Councilmember Dow Constantine mentioned something about “climate change work with Congress (this) week.” We asked his staff for details, and here’s what they sent:
King County Councilmember Dow Constantine is participating in the Local Government Climate Change Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 9, and 10.
Constantine is a member of Climate Communities, a consortium of local elected officials from jurisdictions who have taken steps to fight global warming. â€œKing County has been a national leader in the effort to fight climate change,â€ said Constantine. â€œClimate Communities is a forum where we can provide leadership to other local governments across the country.â€
Constantine co-sponsored a 2006 ordinance authorizing King Countyâ€™s participation in the Chicago Climate Exchange, a program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in North America through binding goals and the trading of â€œcarbon creditsâ€ granted for a variety of activities such as reforestation efforts, forest protection, and management of landfill emissions. Last year, King County joined several other large urban counties nationwide for the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Initiative, an effort aimed at achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
King County is also a leader in implementing hybrid technology in its transit and regular fleets, is currently reviewing green building legislation, and is working to expand transit options through the creation of the King County Ferry District.