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Localize Sustainability

Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP)

About Localize Sustainability

Dow Constantine Localize Sustainability offers personal and local sustainability solutions — based on location and lifestyle and each person's unique opportunity to save money, live healthier, and with a lighter touch.

To help implement the 2011-2015 King County Strategic Plan, Executive Dow Constantine proposed this website so residents could more easily learn about the sustainability of their communities and find resources to make informed decisions.

Localize helps realize the goals of the King County Strategic Plan by advancing Health and Human Health, Economic Growth and Built Environment, and Environmental Sustainability goals though improved public engagement, service excellence and financial stewardship.

Executive Constantine asked the project team to broadly address sustainability and to include economic, environmental and health-related topics. The result is Localize Sustainability — designed to measure and improve sustainability aspects of households, businesses, neighborhoods, and King County. Calculators inform travel behavior, energy usage and food consumption. Solutions and community resources are included to help individuals make improvements that reduce cost, pollute less and improve health.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Dept of Energy, the first phase of this "Localize Sustainability" website is designed to:

  • Offer immediate, real-time personal assessments and recommendations regarding mobility behavior, home energy use and food consumption habits;
  • Portray how sustainability conditions vary at the neighborhood level;
  • Offer detailed maps showing countywide conditions based on health, environment and economic data; and
  • Connect users to sustainability-related programs and resources that save money, improve health and lighten environmental footprints.

Upcoming phases of this effort will include information about:

  • businesses and community-based organizations across King County neighborhoods that offer sustainably-developed goods and services;
  • individual follow-up interactions with King County program staff on sustainability actions such as commute choices or energy efficiency updates; and
  • user-generated recommendations about local businesses or community resources submitted to the website by local residents.

The site was developed with the support and guidance of many organizations and individuals. King County departments of Natural Resources and Parks, Transportation, Public Health contributed data and expertise, along with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and public agencies. Special thanks to the many folks from non-profit and civic organizations who contributed, including Derek Hoshiko of Seattle Good Business Network, Lisa Quinn of FeetFirst, Tessa Greegor of Cascade Bicycle Club, and research intern Katie Furia. The Localize Project Team includes: Earl Krygier — webmaster, Deanna Duke — lead application developer, programming support — Yuko Caras, Glynnis Vaughan — marketing lead, and Richard Gelb — project coordinator.

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This website was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Energy through its Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).