State of the County 2014: Building Equity, Confronting Climate Change

King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined an agenda for addressing what many consider to be the generational challenges of our time in the first State of the County address ever delivered from an unincorporated area of King County.

At a special meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council on February 10 at White Center Heights Elementary School, Executive Constantine framed his policy agenda for meeting two of the “greatest generational challenges” of our time: building equity and opportunity, and confronting climate change –

  • Building equity will mean creating access to opportunity – access to early learning and good education; affordable housing and healthcare; safe streets and safe communities; job opportunity; and transportation choices. It will also require transformation of the way we deliver health and human services.
  • Confronting climate change will mean expanding on our agenda with specific commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions countywide. In the address Executive Constantine announced that the Department of Natural Resources and Parks has vowed to become King County’s first carbon-neutral agency.

You can watch a video of the 24-minute speech here, read the text here, and find more substantive detail in a broader policy brief called “Building a Shared and Sustainable Prosperity” (PDF). The challenges are visualized in two very informative infographics posted online, one for equity, and one for climate change.