Watched King County Procurement Webinar

Watched King County Goods & Services Supplier Orientation from Eventbrite

King County now offers a Goods & Services Supplier Orientation. During this 2-hour session, we’ll discuss:

Registering as a King County supplier, opting-in to County rosters, and certifying as a small firm
How King County buys goods & services
What to expect when submitting a bid or proposal to King County
Best practices for maximizing your opportunities
E-Procurement Supplier Portal introduction

About King County Procurement

Three types of procurement:

  1. Architecture & Engineering
  2. Construction & Public Works
  3. Goods and Services

2021: procured $1.2 billion of goods and services

Mission = reflect values in environment, equity, and economical (get best value)

Environmental procurement policies: Sustainable Purchasing Policy & Strategic Climate Action Plan

Vaccination required for all contractors that do business on site

Future Building

Watched K4C 101

Watched King County climate action from

From more intense wildfires and harmful smoke to increased drought and less snowpack in our mountains, we are already experiencing climate change in King County. We have an urgent need to act boldly as a collective to create a healthier, more just, and resilient region. That’s why the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, or the K4C, exists. We’re a partnership of local governments of all sizes working together to accelerate climate action. We combine our knowledge, resources, and advocacy power to shape policy and programs that cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions to our region can thrive in a changing climate.


Climate Action Toolkit

Puget Sound Regional Emissions Analysis – project underway

2022 & 2023 priorities:

  • GHG emissions inventories and pathways
    • 2 approaches for each city
      • energy data
      • emissions estimates for carbon footprint by consumption
  • local climate action plans
  • adoption of energy and related codes
    • cities and counties can influence MF and commercial energy codes – City of Shoreline adopted City of Seattle’s code – King County Council will consider also adopting this summer
    • SF and townhome residential energy code at state level
  • local climate preparedness
  • pedestrian and bike safety
    • K4C: how do we promote road and trail safety for non-vehicle travel?
  • low GHG emission transportation strategies
  • funding for local climate action
  • integrating climate into local comprehensive plans

County and K4C working on system change.

K4C collaboration:

  • monthly steering committee meetings with partner staff
  • staff events a few times a year
  • elected official outreach committee – weekly during legislative session, monthly the rest of the year
  • elected official retreat twice a year

Participating cities don’t work on every action item, but do work on some joint commitments

K4C spring 2022 Public Town Hall – May 10

Environment Future Building

Embodied Carbon in Construction

Watched Embodied Carbon Lunch and Learn

Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. Embodied carbon is a significant percentage of global emissions and requires urgent action to address it.

Please join Stacy Smedley, the Executive Director with Building Transparency, and a subject matter expert on carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction, to learn more about embodied carbon in materials, why it is important and tools to reduce the embodied carbon in building materials and infrastructure. Stacy will also touch on the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator co-sponsored by King County. She will be joined by Karen Hamilton, Environmental Purchasing Program Manager at King County, who will tell us about the commitments in the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan to reduce embodied carbon in King County Projects starting in 2022.

King Co Strategic Climate Action Plan – reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient communities

Consumption and Materials Management

  • circular economy
  • zero waste of resources
  • sustainable materials (low embodied carbon building materials & build markets for recycled content materials)

Climate Change Current State

2041-2060: do everything right > 1.6 degrees C; business as usual > 2.4 degrees C

In 2019, atmospheric CO2 concentrations higher than any point in the last 2 million years

Sources of emissions related to construction

  • Building materials and construction = 11% of global CO2 emissions by sector
  • Building operations = 28% by sector (“operational carbon”)
  • Manufacturing = 31% of GHG from human activities (of that, cement = 19%, iron and steel = 19%)

Embodied Carbon

Building Transparency – non-profit creating embodied carbon construction calculator (EC3)

Embodied carbon = materials extraction, transportation, replacement during building life, end of life use

Embodied carbon = about half a building’s carbon footprint

Embodied carbon can’t be reduced like operational carbon can be — it’s locked in once used

Whole building lifecycle analysis – compare materials at high level before building – then use the calculator once you’ve chosen materials to get the lowest carbon

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) = 3rd party verified enviro impact for a material or product