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Northwest cities leading the clean energy revolution

The New Energy Cities program will work with between eight and 12 pioneer communities in the Northwest in 2010 to help them create an innovative energy strategy that creates jobs, reduces dependence upon fossil fuel, and offers clean, alternative energy for a healthier community.

We are choosing a variety of communities with different socio-economic-political characteristics to demonstrate the wide applicability of the New Energy Cities model. It is our belief that a number of pioneering communities will lead the region and the country in demonstrating the benefits of the clean energy economy and that their example will inspire cities with similar characteristics and aspirations to follow in their footsteps.

Albany, OR

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 19, 2010

The City of Albany, OR has been working with the New Energy Cities team since October 2009. The Workshop brought together representatives from private and public sector organizations to identify how the community could work collaboratively to reduce its reliance on traditional energy sources. Read More »

Boise, ID

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Jun 18, 2012

The New Energy Cities program facilitated a Workshop entitled "Boise's New Energy Future: Energy Efficiency and Prosperity" in Boise, ID on June 14, 2012. All materials from the Workshop can be downloaded on this page. Read More »

Clark County and Vancouver, WA

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Oct 24, 2011

The New Energy Cities program conducted a Workshop in Clark County and the City of Vancouver, WA on October 20-21, 2011. All materials from the Workshop can be downloaded on this page. Read More »

Edmonds, WA

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 22, 2010

The New Energy Cities conducted a hugely successful Workshop in Edmonds, WA on January 27-28, 2011. All materials from the Workshop can be downloaded on this page. Read More »

Hillsboro, OR

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Mar 14, 2012

The New Energy Cities program conducted a Workshop in Hillsboro, OR on March 9, 2012. All materials from the Workshop can be downloaded on this page. Read More »

Issaquah, WA

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | Apr 05, 2013

The City of Issaquah first partnered with the New Energy Cities program in early 2012 to develop a Sustainable Energy Strategy that would help the community achieve its ambitious policy goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below their 2007 level by the year 2050. In addition to drafting this strategy, the New Energy Cities team has produced several analyses that support the City's strategic decision-making: an Energy Map for the year 2007, an Energy Map for the year 2012, and a Carbon Wedge analysis. Read More »

Jackson, WY

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 19, 2010

The Town of Jackson first contacted Climate Solutions in early 2009, when the community accepted a challenge from former World Bank head Jim Wolfensohn to create a bold strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a showcase community for the 2-3 million visitors from across the globe who travel through the Teton Valley every year. Read More »

March 12, 2014 Sound Cities Association Briefing

Posted by Elizabeth Willmott | Apr 01, 2014

On March 12, 2014 the New Energy Cities team presented the King County Energy Map and Carbon Wedge analysis to a pre-meeting of the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee. You can download the presentation here. Read More »

Salem, OR

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 19, 2010

The New Energy Cities group teamed up with ECONorthwest in the fall of 2009 to help the City of Salem, OR develop its energy efficiency goals for the Department of Energy. Read More »

Spokane, WA

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 19, 2010

The City of Spokane, WA has been working with the New Energy Cities team since October 2009. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner brought together representatives from the business, nonprofit, and academic communities, as well as the public sector and Avista, the utility that serves the Spokane area, to explore various new energy solutions that would create local jobs and decrease dependence upon fossil fuel. Read More »

Thurston County, WA

Posted by NEC Team | Nov 19, 2010

The Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is a public/private partnership dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County by encouraging, coordinating, and taking action on climate change. Read More »

Wood River Valley Region, ID

Posted by Eileen V. Quigley | May 05, 2011

The New Energy Cities conducted a Workshop in the Wood River Valley, ID on April 27-28, 2011. All materials from the Workshop can be downloaded on this page. Read More »

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