Tuesday, Nov. 14: what a great day it was for Northwest climate action.
For Climate Solutions, the day started with us hosting a live Twitter Q&A with Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee, both of whom are in Bonn at the international climate talks (you can find our questions and their answers by searching the hashtag #ActonClimateNW).
The day concluded with Kate Gordon, founder of the Risky Business Project, inspiring a crowd of hundreds at our 9th Annual Dinner in Portland. Kate’s work confronts climate change by forefronting the economic risks of doing nothing, or of doing something, but not rapidly enough, and the opportunities for economic growth and jobs that come with transition to clean energy. “We need to mainstream climate risk,” she told us.
And on the clean-energy opportunity side, she noted that the Northwest does not have what business language calls a “first mover” problem. “The transition to low-carbon efficient materials and operations is already happening,” Kate said; “the market is moving now.” Here is her presentation in full (we'll be watching and re-watching this for a while!):
The many inspiring climate and clean energy leaders who filled the room last night, along with so many others, are demonstrating that we can accelerate solutions to the climate crisis—and that we must lead in the Northwest.
We have never been closer to a number of key victories. We’re excited about the opportunity to finish the work the Oregon Legislature started some time ago and pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill in 2018. (View our dinner remarks here.) Our other top priorities in Oregon include:
- Implementing the 100% clean energy policies in Portland and Multnomah County, so those jurisdictions can meet the promise of their bold commitments.
- Accelerating the shift to electrified transportation, and not just our cars and trucks – we will press for our transit agencies to stop buying dirty diesel buses, and instead invest in clean electric buses.
- Working through the Zero Energy Building Coalition to ramp up the efficiency of our buildings across the state.
- Reinstating and expanding robust and effective statewide incentives for more renewable energy serving people’s homes, buildings, and communities.
- Working with elected officials and local partners across Oregon to win more local policy victories so we can accelerate all of these solutions.
And this work will be carefully and effectively guided by our newly-minted Oregon State Director, Meredith Connolly.
Events like this successful dinner take a community to make them happen, so I also want to extend appreciation to these supporters of that event:
- Keynote speaker Kate Gordon – Thank you for your compelling keynote;
- Event speaker and board member Jackie Dingfelder – Thank you for your generosity, tenacity, and compassion;
- Emcee Amy Hillman – Thank you for being such an incredible emcee at the dinner;
- Our sponsors, table hosts, table captains, public officials, foundations, donors, guests, and volunteers in the room for making events like our dinner possible.(sponsors noted below)
- Andie Petkus Photography for photographing the event (check out the photos and tag yourself at facebook.com/climatesolutions and Shew Design for the beautiful design of our printed materials.
- our incredible staff and board that made this all possible.
I’m happy to share with you that we surpassed our fundraising goal for the evening! If you were not able to attend and support our work on Tuesday, we hope you will consider a gift now.
Thank you for partnering with us to forge a 100% clean energy future.
Special Thanks to our Dinner Sponsors:
Climate Protector Sponsor:
Lisa Adatto, Climate Solutions Board of Directors
Climate Leader Sponsor:
Environmental Defense Fund
Climate Partner Sponsors:
Beneficial State Bank
EDF Renewable Energy
Neil Kelly Company
Portland Business Journal
Climate Friend Sponsor:
City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
National Grid Ventures
Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Port of Portland
Trillium Asset Management
Climate Supporter Sponsor:
NW Energy Efficiency Council
Climate Wine Sponsors:
A to Z Wineworks
Willamette Valley Vineyards