Climate Leaders Live

Climate Leaders Live!

Join us throughout the summer and learn more about real climate solutions.  

Climate Leaders Live! is our new online series where we, and collaborators, present conversations, policy deep dives, and explorations of how we can build a better future together. We’ll hear from organizations, businesses, elected officials, and community leaders in public health, environmental justice and more—leaders who are thinking big and working on different approaches to accelerate our transition to an equitable, just, and 100% clean economy.

Upcoming events:

Clean and Safe Buildings with Electrification | Aug 13, 2020 at 10 AM PT 

In Washington State, emissions from buildings are growing at a faster rate than any other source of carbon pollution in Washington, with this increase largely attributable to the use of fossil gas in homes and buildings. Burning fossil gas in homes and buildings is not only a significant contributor to climate change, but also poses significant health risks for our communities, children, and other vulnerable populations. Many cities are increasingly looking at ensuring all new buildings are powered by electricity as a key cost-effective pathway for achieving their local or state greenhouse emissions goals.  Electrifying buildings is critical to addressing climate change, but it is also achievable, affordable, healthy, safe, and creates a more resilient energy system. 

This webinar will look at the use of gas in buildings, its impacts on our health and climate, and the prospects and implications of phasing it out. Join Climate Solutions and guests to hear about action taking place around the state, why we need it, and what comes next. 


The Big Issue: Transforming Our Transportation | Sept 10, 2020 at 10 AM PT

How do typically get around the city you live in? How do you want to get around the city you live in? How does getting around make you feel when you get there? 

Transportation is the largest source of our climate pollution in the Pacific Northwest. We need both to clean up the fuels we use to get around and to reduce our reliance on driving alone— instead shifting toward more sustainable modes such as transit, biking, and walking. We have a lot of work to do to fund transit, to make Washington's transportation system safe for all users, and to reduce the climate and air pollution it currently create. Luckily there are so many opportunities to prioritize equitable outcomes and build a sustainable and equitable transportation system with our communities and partners including public health, labor, transportation, environmental justice, racial justice, climate change and more. Join us as we present big new ideas on addressing these issues and discuss creating the transportation we need.


Previous Events:

Carbon Pricing 101 | July 9, 2020

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Carbon pricing encompasses a range of policies - carbon tax, cap and trade, tax and dividend, etc. - what’s the difference? Does it matter? How high does the price need to be? Is it the fastest way to reduce emissions? What are the environmental justice concerns and impacts of these policies that we should consider? In preparation for the coming legislative session, in which Washington is expected to again consider pricing pollution, this webinar presented an overview of carbon pricing, how it’s supposed to work, and the lessons we’ve learned from folks who have policies in place.


Climate in the Time of Coronavirus: a Conversation with Gov. Jay Inslee | June 13, 2020

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We’ve all been hearing a lot about the intersections of COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. Grist and Climate Solutions co-presented this conversation with Washington Governor Jay Inslee where we discussed climate change in the time of coronavirus. 


Climate Leaders Live: Building a Clean Energy Future Together | May 19, 2020

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Our Climate Leaders Live series kicked off with this conversation on further solutions to the climate crisis during the challenging time of the COVID pandemic. The program featured leaders  Dr. Lucas Joppa, the Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft and the architect of Microsoft’s global climate commitment, Washington State Representative and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, and our Executive Director Gregg Small as well as some other special guests - Senator Mona Das, Representative Debra Lekanoff, Ken Workman, Ash Awad, and Stephanie Noren.

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