Washington BlueGreen Alliance

The Washington BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) is helping Washington turns its environmental challenges into economic opportunities.  With active participation from many of the state’s largest unions and environmental organizations, BGA of Washington works on projects ranging from funding energy efficiency upgrades in public facilities to Bellingham Waterfront redevelopment, to trade policy. BGA has played a key role in building a broad-based campaign for strong climate policy and greater investment in an equitable transition to clean energy. The Alliance is co-chaired by Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council and KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Solutions.  They received a 2014 Right Stuff Award from the national BGA Apollo Project for helping to build Washington BGA into a leading force for climate action and broadly shared prosperity in the clean energy transition.  Stephanie Celt serves as staff coordinator and program leader for BGA of Washington. 

(We take it as a sign of our growing solidarity that the Seattle Seahawks sport blue and green!)

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Senior Policy Advisor

, Climate Solutions

KC shapes policy and communication strategies, with the goal of changing what's "possible" so we can do what's necessary. "Cynicism," he insists, "is capitulation."

He has served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives and as an Assistant Director in Washington's Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state's Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.

KC is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org (where he is Interim Board Chair) and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility in the late 1990s, and as a Governor's representative to the Executive Board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium. 

KC was one of Seattle Magazine's "Power 25" most influential people, and its #1 "Eco-Hero." In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect.

KC earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Master's in Public Policy. He retired from Climate Solutions' staff at the end of 2018.