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  • by Elizabeth Willmott on July 30, 2012
    It is well known that cities adopted greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets consistent with the Kyoto Protocol. Lesser known is the work that cities have done in the intervening years to make the projects happen that would achieve those targets. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on July 26, 2012
    In a Huffington Post column on the presidential election, Bianca Jagger says it’s “time to put climate change at the top of the political agenda.”  Bianca sets out a comprehensive approach to climate change that beats anything being said by either of the candidates. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on July 18, 2012
    Powering the New Energy Future from the Ground Up profiles a diverse set of 34 communities with populations under 250,000 and found that U.S. communities are pioneering a wide range of clean energy solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and carbon-reducing transportation strategies. Read more
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    by Kimberly Larson on June 23, 2012
    Two dangerous coal export incidents last week, one in Virginia and one in B.C., remind us not only that the proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest are very risky for rail-line communities and those close to the terminals, but also that coal is a very different commodity from other bulk exports. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on June 17, 2012
    Hillsboro, OR, Boise, ID, and Issaquah, WA joined the New Energy Cities community in Spring 2012 Read more
  • by Tom Osdoba on June 5, 2012
    Recently, many cities have begun taking another look at district energy to address their energy challenges. Whether they are championing strategies to secure energy supplies, insulate themselves from price instability, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cities are finding district energy can do all of these simultaneously. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on May 15, 2012
    Biochar has had an interesting run over the past several years. As with so many other emerging climate solutions, biochar burst into public awareness a few years back with a wave of grassroots enthusiasm.  Read more
  • by Tom Osdoba on May 9, 2012
    Why are we so afraid of carbon pricing? Whenever this topic is raised, people get tense, nervous, or outraged out of all proportion to the actual impact that putting a price on carbon would have for most of us. Read more
  • by Tom Osdoba on April 16, 2012
    Carbon neutral cities require three components: policy and institutional innovations; organized capital; and extensive outreach, education and public engagement. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on April 12, 2012
    The BioCycle Conference in Portland April 16-19 focused on the new economics of materials and natural services – harnessing organic wastes with processes that make valuable goods, and valuing ecological services to send the right signals on the use of nature in general. Read more