Climate Solutions breakfast 2019

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We served climate hope for breakfast

I’ve been thirsty for climate action a while. We all have. And now, with meaningful climate action in Washington, we can catch a few glorious gulps of climate action to quench our thirst. 

Many of us gathered in Seattle last week for our annual breakfast. There, we took in what we’ve just accomplished and reminded ourselves that our clean energy transition is just getting started. 100% clean electricity is the foundation, and we're ready to keep on building—and accelerating our transition to a prosperous, just, and secure clean energy future.

At last week's breakfast, we premiered this brief video laying out our vision for 100% clean, and where we go from here. Check it out:  
SHEW DESIGN
 
Our featured speaker, Senator Rebecca Saldaña, took the opportunity to talk about transportation—the single largest source of climate pollution in our region. As we think about how we get around day to day, she challenged us to remember that spirit of freedom we should feel while we envision and win “a green transportation system that works for all”—one that reduces and eliminates carbon emissions, and serves the basic needs of all communities, while avoiding and reversing the damage that fossil-fueled transportation has unleashed on our climate and our environment. 
 
 
Washington is already on the right track, Senator Saldaña noted, with this year’s legislature passing measures to broaden access to electric vehicles and to promote the electrification of vehicle fleets, among other clean energy victories. 
 
Extending that momentum, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan came to our breakfast pen in hand, and signed an ordinance requiring building developers to include EV charging infrastructure as part of new parking facilities. 
Wednesday provided strong reminders that leadership from our elected officials matters. Broad support matters. It took all of you, all of us, to make this legislative session in Washington successful and it will take us all continuing together to transition away from oil and towards freedom from fossil fuels.   

Thank you all for your support for Climate Solutions and for (lowercase) climate solutions, in all that you do. 

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Executive Director

, Climate Solutions

Gregg brings nearly 25 years of experience working on environmental and public policy issues, including 20 as an Executive Director. At Climate Solutions, Gregg oversees a staff of two dozen policy experts, campaigners, innovators, and researchers across three Northwest offices, providing strategic direction for one of the most effective regional climate and clean economy organizations in the nation. 

Prior to coming to Climate Solutions, Gregg served as the Executive Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition for 7 years and as the Executive Director of the California-based Pesticide Watch for 5 years. During that time, he played a leadership role in creating and developing a number of leading coalitions working on environmental health issues, including the Toxic Free Legacy Coalition,Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Bodies. At Climate Solutions, he helped to found the Washington-based Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Renew Oregon.

Gregg began his professional career as an organizer for Green Corps, working in Washington, DC, Vermont, and California. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College.

When not at work, Gregg spends time with his family and raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that his son Jude has and that he is passionate about finding a cure for.