The City of Issaquah — along with several other partners throughout the country — earned more than $1 million combined in the first bundled sale of carbon credits generated exclusively by urban forests. The sale helps ensure urban forests are preserved to maintain their environmental and recreational benefits. Organizations selling carbon credits continue to own and manage the protected property.
Three of the nationwide projects are located here in King County.
- The City of Issaquah and King County partnered to purchase a 46-acre property in 2018 and save it from development. The credits generated from the property — renamed the Harvey Manning Park Expansion Area because it shares a border with Harvey Manning Park — aided both organizations in their goal to support urban forest management programs such as the King County Forest Program.
- The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust generated carbon credits through an urban tree planting project at Ballinger Open Space, a 2.6-acre greenspace in the City of Shoreline.
Learn more about the sale, and how carbon credits work, in this press release from King County.