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BOBBY HAYDEN

Be a climate citizen: vote!

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It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out those wool sweaters, scotch up the perfect costume for Halloween, and rake up giant piles of leaves in the yard. Most importantly (for many of us) it’s time to VOTE! With less than a week until the ballot deadline of Nov. 3, it’s time to open your ballot, fill it out, and remember that this is your opportunity to voice your support of climate action.

While there are no statewide climate or clean-energy measures on Northwest ballots this year, local and state votes will help decide the outcome of several important ballot measures and races. We want to remind you that the choices we make on Election Day will help shape the landscape for upcoming decisions impacting the Northwest’s clean energy future, our environment, our economy, and our climate. We need strong political support for continuing further climate action.

And while Climate Solutions isn't making any specific recommendations for this election, we actively support policies that reduce carbon pollution, improve our transportation systems, expand clean energy development, and promote equity for our region’s low-income and vulnerable communities.

So when you find time to take a break from jumping into those leaf piles, remember to investigate your candidates' positions on climate and clean energy.

Thanks for being an active climate citizen!

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former Washington Policy Associate

, Climate Solutions

A recent graduate from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, Caleb was an intern with Climate Solutions’ Strategic Innovation Team in summer 2015, then served as our Washington Policy Associate. While his academic background is in international development, his passion is clean energy technologies.

Outside of Climate Solutions, Caleb is an active board member with New Dawn Guatemala, a Seattle-based nonprofit that works to foster ecological sustainability, economic vitality, and educational advancement in rural Guatemalan communities.

While at the University of Washington, Caleb participated in a task force that published a report outlining steps to end extreme poverty by 2030. His section of the report evaluated how development practices could be transformed to improve various environmental and economic situations in South Asia.

During his junior year, Caleb spent a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied multilateral diplomacy and worked with the Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. While there, he researched Swiss renewable energy systems and Social Entrepreneurship. 

Caleb is an avid traveler, hiker, chef, and handyman. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Jenny.