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  • by Patrick Mazza on December 15, 2011
    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. Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on November 16, 2011
    Facing uncomfortable, outdated facilities, two school districts partnered with local businesses and governments to retrofit their buildings,  cutting costs, saving energy and enhancing their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. Read more
  • by Mitch Friedman on November 11, 2011
    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. Read more
  • by KC Golden on November 8, 2011
    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
  • by Bobby Hayden on November 3, 2011
    Facing uncomfortable classrooms and high utility bills due to aging HVAC equipment, Granger School District employed an innovative computer-based heating and cooling system. Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on October 16, 2011
    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 Read more
  • by Tom Osdoba on October 14, 2011
    The price of installed solar PV has plummeted and is approaching the point at which we no longer should even pretend that solar is a more expensive alternative than other forms of energy. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on October 12, 2011
    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.” Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on October 5, 2011
    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. Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on October 3, 2011
    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