Back in the late 1800s when John Wesley Powell was navigating the unknown Colorado River his agency, the US Geological Service, did vital work filling in many blank spaces on the map of the nation. USGS is now mapping the potential of natural ecosystems to absorb and store carbon released by human activities.
Facing uncomfortable, outdated facilities, two school districts partnered with local businesses and governments to retrofit their buildings, cutting costs, saving energy and enhancing their learning environments.
You suck: and I mean that in only the nicest way. It’s true. There are things you do that suck carbon out of the atmosphere - where it’s doing harm - and beneficially store it down here. We need to do much more such sucking to save our natural heritage.
As dusk settled on Lafayette Park last Sunday, after the successful “encirclement” of the White House, Bill McKibben was at the mic, wrapping up last Sunday’s inspiring “encirclement” of the White House – a “hug” for the President, urging him to reject the Keystone pipeline. His voice was full of grateful pride.
Just as he was wrapping up, he was interrupted by a message: the President’s motorcade was passing the north side of the park. Thousands still remaining in the park turned away from the stage and ran north toward the motorcade, shouting “Yes we can….Stop the Pipeline.” Read more
In an economic downturn, a community-based effort is helping create local jobs for contractors and improving energy-efficiency of local homes. Watch the story of how in just one year, RePower has created 28 contractor jobs in Kitsap County — 43 percent of the goal.
RePowering Our Workforce
In the September 15 issue of The Atlantic magazine, Brookings expert Bruce Katz called out a “metropolitan moment,” in which municipal and regional leaders are “adapting the discipline of private sector business planning…to the task of revitalizing and restructuring metropolitan economies.”
Of late, a rising set of rational Republican voices can be heard affirming the assessment of 95 percent of the scientific community that the earth is warming at an alarming rate due to burning fossil fuels.
How citizens on Bainbridge Island came together and created an option to change behavior through energy use, move closer to carbon neutrality and become a model for other communities.
"We’ve seen a 50 percent decrease in our heating costs and our overall energy costs are down approximately 35 percent.” - Matt Olson, Bainbridge Island homeowner and RePower Bainbridge participant Read more