Waterless carwash contract saves 33 gallons per wash 

The “spray on, wipe off” method is the latest and most environmentally sustainable way of washing vehicles, saving 33 gallons of water per car wash, and the Fleet Administration Division (Fleet) is a leader in this effort.  Fleet recently finalized a five-year contract with Eco Service USA for fleet vehicle cleaning, after using their service on a pay-as-you-go basis for the last year. The new contract is already helping King County tackle climate change and reduce its environmental…

Mario Bailey helps youth get back on track with education and employment opportunities 

Crossposted from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Facebook  In the early 1990s, Mario Bailey was setting University of Washington football on fire. The Husky Hall of Famer and All American receiver helped take the Huskies to the Rose Bowl twice, scoring four touchdowns at the bowl games and leading the Huskies to a co-national…

The poop-loop scoop: How King County recycles waste and water 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  Public health is committed to preventing disease and death from water-borne pathogens. Modern sanitation, including wastewater treatment, is key to keeping our waters clean and the people and animals that live here healthy. But the efficiency of modern sanitation creates an interesting problem.  Today, our waste is “out of sight, out…

Executive Constantine names Rhonda Berry to lead Zero Youth Detention efforts 

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that Deputy Executive Rhonda Berry will lead inter-agency and community coordination and strategy to further reduce the number of youth in detention. “Rhonda is an effective leader able to bring people together,” said Constantine. “Her extensive experience working with all county and partner agencies that impact youth, her reputation for…

DPD internship program brings on qualified, invested lawyers committed to County priorities 

With the arrival of summer comes the annual onboarding of interns in workplaces across the country. While some internships may just be grabbing coffee and making copies, King County is proud to develop interns and employees for a career in public service. One notable example is within the Department of Public Defense (DPD). Across the…

Planning pays off: Long awaited paramedic services proving successful for residents and employees 

Since this past February, King County Medic One (KCM1) has provided ongoing, excellent paramedic services to the Vashon Island community. Long in coming, this new service delivers to residents the best in emergency response through a seamless transition from Vashon Island Fire and Rescue to KCM1. “For citizens of Vashon Island, the change will hardly be noticeable.…

Application period is now open for project funding from the ESJ Opportunity Fund  

The Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) is now accepting applications for the Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Opportunity Fund. The Opportunity Fund is a competitive process that provides resources to King County employees to develop and implement projects that work to advance equity and social justice and that complements the ESJ Strategic Plan.  For the 2017-2018…

Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Update, Terrace Street closure 

Terrace Street next to the Yesler Building, and south of the Chinook Building, will be closed beginning today, Wednesday, July 26, and is scheduled to re-open the week of Monday, August 7. The south end of the alley between 5th Ave and 4th Ave, including the garage entrance and exit, will only be accessible from Jefferson Street. This closure is needed to accommodate demolition activities…