Huxley Speaker Series 5/17/18: Christie True: Local Governments, Climate Change

Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:54am

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: AW-204

What Local Governments can do to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and be Ready for the Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change is one of the paramount environmental and economic challenges for our generation.  King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) is a comprehensive blueprint for climate action, and provides “one-stop-shopping” for county decision-makers, employees and the general public to learn about the County’s climate change commitments.

The presentation by Christie True will outline how the SCAP charts a clear pathway to achieve a clean energy future, where the region’s local governments, businesses and communities are working together towards an equitable, sustainable and thriving King County for all who live, work and play in King County.  The SCAP builds on technical assessments of what actions and commitments, when taken together,  ensure that climate targets are met.  Through the integrated strategy presented in the SCAP, King County identifies priority actions that will lead to significant progress in achieving regional GHG reduction targets and conveys opportunities to act on climate solutions that achieve additional social, economic and environmental benefits for King County residents and businesses.

Christie True was appointed by King County Executive Dow to lead King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) in July 2010. True previously served as the director of DNRP’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) and is a 33-year veteran of King County.

The Department of Natural Resources and Parks has four major divisions – Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources – that perform tasks ranging from improving water quality, to enhancing parks and trails, to protecting citizens from flooding, to restoring crucial fish and wildlife habitat, to recycling and reusing wastewater and solid waste byproducts.  Its overall mission is to safeguard the environment, ensure public safety and preserve the region’s quality of life.

Christie has proven to be a leader in positive community engagement, managing change and being dedicated to continuous improvement of our natural resources.  Christie is known for her experience in establishing processes to better manage and deliver complex projects and budgets, and for her technical expertise and strategic approach to challenges.

Born here in Washington state, True received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Western Washington University’s Huxley College. Upon graduation, she was one of the few women in the wastewater treatment field who was also certified as a treatment plant operator. She began her career with the city of Bellingham’s Public Works Department before coming to Metro, prior to its merger with King County.


The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are held each Thursday in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.

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