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Meet the "Queen of the Forest Canopy"

by Rhys Roth on March 6, 2013

Dr. Nadkarni is a forest ecologist, sometimes known as “Queen of the Forest Canopy” for her pioneering work in understanding the ecological dynamics up in the treetops. She is also incredibly creative and committed to fostering public understanding of science and nature.

Hillsboro, OR Tackles the Last Mile Challenge

by Elizabeth Willmott on March 6, 2013

To say that transportation is a headache for city leaders, businesses, residents, and employees in Hillsboro, OR would be an understatement. These challenges are partly the result of good economic fortune: Hillsboro has grown from a sleepy town to an employment center over the past decade to over 90,000 residents—with two consecutive expansions of a large Intel campus in the past year, hundreds of residential housing units coming online in the span of months, and new companies locating in the city on a regular basis.

Local soil

by Rhys Roth on March 4, 2013

Are you a “locavore”?  Do you like eating high-quality foods produced from not too far away, by farmers with real faces and families?

Community Energy Advice from Massachusetts

by Elizabeth Willmott on February 27, 2013

On February 15, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division announced the first six grantees of the Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program, a $500,000 state program to help local communities identify and implement strategies in energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet their local energy needs.

Tom Steyer: A "Crazed Person" When It Comes to Energy

by Eileen V. Quigley on February 21, 2013

Tom Steyer is a national advocate for investing in clean energy solutions to address climate change whose targeted investments in renewable energy research, advanced energy solutions, and community-building strategies are aimed squarely at the intersection of economic development and environmental protection.

Enlisting Nature to Stem Climate Change

by Patrick Mazza on February 20, 2013

Global biodiversity avatar Thomas Lovejoy sees a climate endgame in sight, title of his recent New York Times op-ed. Lovejoy points to biocarbon, nature’s capacity to capture and store carbon through plant growth.

Cloud Peak Energy: “All in” for coal exports from the West Coast

by Ross Macfarlane on February 19, 2013

There’s an old joke that explains the difference between being “involved” and being “committed.”  Think of a ham and eggs breakfast. The hen is involved, the pig is committed. Recent developments make clear that Cloud Peak Energy is fully committed to coal exports from Washington terminals.

Caveat Investor

by Ross Macfarlane on February 14, 2013

A new Sightline report details huge financial risks for Australian coal export startup.

Taking Aim at Emissions Reduction

by Eileen V. Quigley on February 13, 2013

Working with numerous Northwest cities over the past four years, the New Energy Cities team has learned many lessons about how cities can accelerate the adoption of climate-smart, clean energy solutions. However, none was more instructive than the need for setting a clear, aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction with metrics. I know how process-heavy this sounds, but stay with me because this is really important.

The business case for greening our cities

by Rhys Roth on February 7, 2013

We know ‘green infrastructure’ can provide low-cost solutions for communities to better handle those big pulses of water gushing over roads and into pipes when the big rains come… and we know greening our cities is good for biocarbon and for the human spirit. 


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  • Much ado about climate in November

    With only a few weeks left until the November 3rd election, there’s much ado in the media’s climate coverage about what a Biden presidency might do for clean energy and how it could be “history making” for efforts to address climate change in the US.