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Washington legislature takes steps on clean buildings ahead of policy cutoff but leaves work on the table

by Stephanie Noren on February 16, 2022

A missed opportunity: WA House of Representatives supports cities' efforts to act on new buildings, but is reluctant to give tools to utilities for existing buildings

What if all this was pollution-free?
Cracking the code to clean and safe buildings

by Deepa Sivarajan on February 16, 2022

The past year has been exciting for climate action on clean and safe buildings in Washington. 2022 also presents a unique opportunity to have these benefits apply across the entire state instead of individual jurisdictions: the State Building Code Council can require clean, electric space and water heating for all commercial buildings statewide.

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Transform. Our. Transportation.

by Leah Missik on February 9, 2022

Move Ahead Washington will clean up transportation, investing in transportation electrification, transit, and active mobility—leading to climate progress, cleaner air, and healthier communities.  

Early updates from Olympia: 2022 climate action in WA

by Climate Solutions on February 4, 2022

It’s a short and fast virtual legislative session in Washington this year, and there is a lot moving quickly. Here’s a quick summary below of where climate legislation stands after yesterday’s February 3rd policy committee cutoff.

Washington in forward motion on clean buildings

by Climate Solutions on February 4, 2022

There’s still quite a few leading clean buildings policies moving, including a focus on increasing access and customer choice to switch to electric appliances and decrease energy use in more  commercial buildings across the state. We’ve noted below key policies we’re tracking and where we expect them to land before House of Origin cutoff on February 15th.  

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So much worse than we thought

by Jonathan Lawson on February 4, 2022

In this week's ClimateCast: New research identifies hazards with home gas hookups, subsidies and technological advances are pushing EVs further toward ubiquity, and more climate and clean energy news of the moment

Progressive transportation funding considered in WA: Road Usage Charge

by Stephanie Noren on February 3, 2022

Quick explainer on an important part of funding WA transportation system sustainably in 2022.

It's the dawning of a new era for NW climate action

by Gregg Small on January 31, 2022

Our climate policy successes have been remarkable. But they're taking place against the backdrop of ever-increasing emissions, and ever-worsening impacts.

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What's ahead for climate action in Salem?

by Meredith Connolly on January 28, 2022

No corner of our state was left untouched by climate-fueled storms and harms last year. Almost every season was marked by impacts, including wildfire, smoke, drought, flooding and deadly heat waves. After the climate extremes we all suffered through last year (during a global pandemic)—we know there is no taking a year off from climate action. Check out our climate agenda

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Let's make sure Washington is building towards a climate-safe future

by Joëlle Robinson on January 24, 2022

Buildings are one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of climate pollution. Our statewide building codes can set an example for how to cut pollution, but only if our voices are louder than the fossil fuel industry.

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