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Driving the EVolution

With charging stations in Bellevue and all along the West Coast, electric vehicle drivers can now travel the I-5 corridor from Canada to Mexico without needing a drop of gasoline.

The city of Bellevue has successfully completed its nine American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded grant projects.

The Stimulus grant was awarded in 2009 on the heels of the Great Recession in order to spur innovation and create jobs, at a time when most people had not even heard of cars without tailpipes.

Fast forward to 2012. With charging stations in Bellevue and all along the West Coast, electric vehicle drivers can now travel the I-5 corridor from Canada to Mexico without needing a drop of gasoline. Businesses and individuals investing in electric cars are saving thousands of dollars in fuel costs per year, and getting around easily without contributing to the environmental and national security issues caused by our reliance on fossil fuels.

A $1.2 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant through ARRA also helped the city implement energy efficiency and resource conservation projects that will save natural resources and money on an ongoing basis. These included:

  • City Hall lighting upgrades, which save an estimated $10,000 per year;
  • Parks facility and ball field lighting upgrades, which save an estimated $30,000 per year;
  • Fleet hybrid and electric vehicle upgrades, which save an estimated $100,000 per year; and
  • Home energy reports, which saved an estimated $4.2 million during the program period in the seven participating cities (Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Sammamish).

All of the city’s ARRA projects and investments directly boosted employment for electricians, manufacturers, installers, permitting professionals and others in related industries.

Contacts:

Sheida Sahandy, Assistant to the City Manager, Belleuve
425-452-6168 or [email protected]  

 

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, Climate Solutions

Bobby is former Solutions Stories and Media Manager with Climate Solutions. In that role, he worked to identify and engage new audiences for our programs and campaigns throughout the Northwest, with a focus on the Solutions Stories.

Bobby spent six years as the National Representative at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS), mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River Basin, a watershed home to some of the world’s best habitat for wild salmon and steelhead in a changing climate.

After receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003, he advocated on behalf of working people and the environment. In addition to SOS, Bobby has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 503) and America Coming Together, and volunteered for the Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE.

Bobby hails from central Pennsylvania and has lived in Oregon since 1998. When he's not working, Bobby can be found with his partner Jenny and their cat Jove, playing music with friends, out and about on his bike, or working in the garden.