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This is What Climate Leadership Looks Like

This is What Climate Leadership Looks Like

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | Aug 18, 2014

With Congress unwilling to take concerted action on climate change, it's worth noting that county and city leaders in the Northwest are up to the task of climate leadership at the regional scale. Read More »

Forms Unfolding

Forms Unfolding

Posted by Endrias Kinfe | Jul 13, 2014

Seven high school sophomores create a mural to depict what they learned after job-shadowing agents of change in the Seattle community as part of their school curriculum. Endrias Kinfe, who shadowed Climate Solutions' Eileen V. Quigley, explains what the mural indicates about what he learned about making change. Read More »

50x30 Carbon Reduction: What It Will Take

50x30 Carbon Reduction: What It Will Take

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Jun 19, 2014

In early 2014, the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) asked New Energy Cities to analyze what it would take to achieve meaningful carbon reduction goals at community scale in the near term. NEC identified a combination of strategies that would be necessary to make 50 percent reduction by 2030. Read More »

King County Prop 1: Why maintaining Metro bus service is a climate solution

King County Prop 1: Why maintaining Metro bus service is a climate solution

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | Apr 09, 2014

On Earth Day—April 22—King County, WA voters should resoundingly pass Proposition 1 to keep Metro bus service at current levels, and send a strong message of support for our region’s environment, economy, and citizens. Read More »

It's Not Too Late, But It's Not Too Soon

It's Not Too Late, But It's Not Too Soon

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Mar 05, 2014

New Energy Cities newsletter from March 2014 featuring: the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, a report describing what it would take to achieve 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and news on city-led climate solutions and clean energy innovation. Read More »

King County Executive Laser-Focused on Climate Change and Equity

King County Executive Laser-Focused on Climate Change and Equity

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | Feb 12, 2014

“Confronting climate change and building equity in our community are inescapable, global responsibilities,” says Dow Constantine. His State of the County address included a look at what the County can do to reduce carbon emissions and confront climate change. Read More »

Beaverton, OR Does Carbon Math

Beaverton, OR Does Carbon Math

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Dec 19, 2013

The City of Beaverton, OR asked New Energy Cities to identify what it would take to achieve 80 percent reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. New Energy Cities created an Energy Map and a series of Carbon Wedge graphics to help depict the scale of reduction necessary. Read More »

Decarbonizing Our Future

Decarbonizing Our Future

Posted by Sid Morrison & KC Golden | Dec 18, 2013

We have met the enemy, and it is not us. It is not civilization. It is not energy production per se. It is carbon. It’s our excessive reliance on energy systems that dig ancient carbon — fossil fuels — out of the ground and release it into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Read More »

Banner Year for Sustainable Advanced Fuels

Banner Year for Sustainable Advanced Fuels

Posted by Ross Macfarlane | Dec 12, 2013

2013 is shaping up as a year of significant progress for sustainable advanced fuels in Washington State, across the West Coast, and around the world. Climate Solutions’ Sustainable Advanced Fuels (SAF) program is excited to play a key role in these developments Read More »

More Elbow Grease, Less Rocket Science

More Elbow Grease, Less Rocket Science

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Dec 08, 2013

For cities, achieving 80 percent reduction in climate pollution by 2050 does involve carbon math, but does not have to be rocket science. Drawing from examples of city-led clean energy leadership across the US, a new report from Innovation Network for Communities and O-H Community Partners helps outline roadmaps for cities to achieve deep carbon reductions. Read More »

Work Together When Washington Can't

Work Together When Washington Can't

Posted by Tom Steyer | Dec 05, 2013

We won't find a solution to climate change if we stick to old models and wait for squabbling politicians in Washington, D.C. to act. Today, regional partnerships among states with strong political leadership and engaged business interests are leading the way to a more sustainable future. Read More »

Will the Pacific Coast Action Plan Make a Difference?

Will the Pacific Coast Action Plan Make a Difference?

Posted by Craig Gannett and Mark Perlis | Nov 13, 2013

The action plan attempts to fill the void created by Congress’ failure to address climate change at the national level. The question is: will this regional effort make a real difference in terms of the mix of energy projects and strategies that will prosper in the coming years, or is it just another great press opportunity for four green elected officials? Read More »

What Climate Leadership Looks Like

What Climate Leadership Looks Like

Posted by Gregg Small | Nov 05, 2013

The Governors of Washington, Oregon, California, and the Premier of British Columbia signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Clean Energy, making commitments for aggressive action, including putting limits and a price on greenhouse gas emissions and a Clean Fuels Standard to reduce the climate impacts of transportation. Read More »

It's Really about Cities

It's Really about Cities

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Nov 05, 2013

Cities are critical partners for implementing the West Coast climate pact announced by Governors Inslee, Kitzhaber, and Brown, and British Columbia Premier Clark. The good news is that large and small city governments up and down the West Coast have already started to decarbonize. Read More »

Seattle’s New Energy Code Breaks the Mold

Seattle’s New Energy Code Breaks the Mold

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Oct 09, 2013

The City of Seattle took a crucial step toward its long-term goal of carbon neutrality when it enacted a new Commercial Energy Code on September 16, 2013. The new code, which ensures that builders prepare for a time when “solar panels can be rolled out onto roofs like yoga mats," solidifies Seattle's position as a national leader in charting the course for a carbon-neutral building sector. Read More »

Capture Carbon, Save Money, Enhance Communities

Capture Carbon, Save Money, Enhance Communities

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | Aug 06, 2013

By spearheading innovations that harness the power of natural systems, Oregon and Washington are at the forefront of addressing the three climate imperatives: (1) reduce reliance on fossil fuels; (2) remove existing carbon pollution; and (3) build resilience to withstand climate impacts. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-August 3, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-August 3, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Aug 05, 2013

Highlights this week: Rapid ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica may occur sooner than expected, causing higher sea level rise in the 21st century. . . Three Republican EPA administrators make powerful call for climate action. . . Huge potential climate cost of our tablets and smart phones. . . Brain-eating parasites, really?!. . . Disclosure of building energy information in Philly and DC. . . EVs are hot, and ride-sharing is in hot water. . . Boston and Portland among the least car-reliant American cities. . . A leapfrog future for microgrids in developing countries? . . . Commercial PACE rocks out. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 27, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 27, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 27, 2013

Highlights this week: Deadly heat pervades much of US, NYC has longest heat wave in over a decade, and DC swelters through a record-setting 138 hot hours in a row. . . Coal to increase by 50 percent globally without policies to cut fossil fuel use. . . Arctic melt to cost more than $60 trillion globally. . . It’s lobster-eat-lobster in the Gulf of Maine. . . Minneapolis City Council considers whether to break ties with Xcel Energy and create a municipal electric utility. . . Solar-skinned buildings on the rise thanks to an EU directive. . . Sao Paulo intends to go big on renewable energy. . . Saudi Arabia to invest $109 billion to generate one-third of its power from renewable energy by 2032. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 20, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 20, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 20, 2013

Highlights this week: Two studies link fracking to seismic activity. . . The World Bank will (mostly) stop financing coal plants. . . Second warmest June on record for the planet. . . State renewable portfolio standards are surviving (and even thriving!). . . California high speed rail will go a long way toward carbon neutrality. . . New BMW electric car to hit US markets in 2014. . . Seattle light rail ridership exceeding expectations. . . A glowing review for GM’s relatively affordable Spark EV. Read More »

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 13, 2013

NEC Weekly Wrap-July 13, 2013

Posted by NEC Team | Jul 13, 2013

Highlights this week: Study reveals devastating health impacts of air pollution in China. . .Google holds a fundraiser for major climate denier US Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). . .Great Barrier Reef health has declined by 50 percent since 1985. . . People of color more likely to live in high-risk heat-island conditions. . .Britain officially opened the largest offshore wind array in the world. . .SolarWorld to lay off 100 workers in Hillsboro, OR. . .Barry Goldwater, Jr. is fighting for solar power in AZ. . .Price of EV batteries down 40% since 2010. . .CT's Green Bank created new $50 million capital investment fund for solar leasing. . .RMI says distributed power generation is a good hedge against zombie apocalypse, really. Read More »

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