King County Based Climate Change Organization Founded by Antioch University Alumna Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

King County-Cities Climate Collaboration wins national 2016 Climate Leadership Award

Seattle – An innovative local government effort to reduce carbon pollution led by an alum of Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program has received a national award for climate leadership. The King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), founded by 2011 graduate Dr. Linda Lyshall, has increased collaboration between government organizations, promoted tangible actions to reduce carbon emissions, and contributed to ambitious commitments to reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions. The organization was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency at an awards dinner held on March 9th as part of the Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle.

“Students and graduates of Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program lead change that improves the lives of those they serve in workplaces, schools, organizations and communities across the country and globe,” said Dr. Laurien Alexandre, provost of Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. “Linda Lyshall’s important work with K4C created collaborative pathways for diverse stakeholders to identify issues, examine research, and take action. We are proud that this important work was part of Linda’s doctoral journey.”

Lyshall founded K4C in 2011 with King County and nine other cities, recognizing that neighboring local governments can achieve greater action on climate solutions by working together. The partnership has resulted in municipal policy and code changes, joint grant funding, and a heightened awareness about the impacts of climate change. K4C supported the development and adoption of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. The organization also helps with technical support, partnerships with local utilities and businesses, and a way for cities and counties to collaborate around energy supply, land use, and other innovative solutions for local solutions to combat climate change.

Lyshall’s participatory action research is one of the aspects of K4C that earned it recognition from the EPA. To learn more about Lyshall and her work with K4C, visit For further details about Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, visit or contact Leslee Creighton at [email protected] or 937-769-134.

Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program incorporates a challenging interdisciplinary core-curriculum that focuses on leading change coupled with faculty-mentored, self-paced individualized learning, and is designed for experienced professionals who are committed to studying and leading change that improves the well-being of those they serve.

The PhD in Leadership and Change is a doctoral program within the Graduate School of Leadership and Change of Antioch University, which is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education and innovative experiential learning. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With locations in Keene New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University’s mission is to provide learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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