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Out with the Old, In with the New... Keeping Momentum in 2014

by Ross Macfarlane on December 13, 2013

This year is closing with a flurry of activity throughout the Northwest and 2014 is shaping up to be a critical year on the path to make the clean energy future a present reality in our region.

Banner year for Sustainable Advanced Fuels

by Ross Macfarlane on December 12, 2013

In the short time since we formally launched our SAF program, we have had the opportunity to drive good policy and increase understanding of the opportunities, needs and specific actions required to support sustainable fuels in our region and around the world.

Remembering Sam Garst, a true friend and ally

by Clark Gilman on December 11, 2013

Staff members at Climate Solutions share their memories of Sam Garst, an inspiring longtime supporter, leader, advisor and friend.

More Elbow Grease, Less Rocket Science

by Elizabeth Willmott on December 8, 2013

City sustainability directors face challenges in moving from bold greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to achieving actual GHG reduction. Examples of strategies and tactics in energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy, and low-carbon transportation are available to emulate but creating a locally tailored package of actions that “adds up” to meet a long-term reduction goal requires some elbow grease.

A Clean Fuels Standard works

by Ben Serrurier on December 6, 2013

Fossil fuel companies are trotting out another round of warmed over allegations that climate policy, in particular a clean fuels standard, is unworkable and will crash the economy. They’re running up against a difficult opponent: reality.

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Biochar: a new weapon in the war against greenhouse gases

by Climate Trust on November 9, 2013

A new methodology enables emission reductions from biochar in the U.S., developed jointly by The Climate Trust in partnership with the International Biochar Initiative, Prasino Group, and Carbon Consulting.

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Biocarbon holding down global heating

by Patrick Mazza on November 6, 2013

If the Earth’s vegetation were not absorbing tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the climate would be much hotter and have already crossed highly dangerous thresholds.

It's Really about Cities

by Elizabeth Willmott on November 5, 2013

While the West Coast climate pact announced by Governors Inslee, Kitzhaber, and Brown and British Columbia Premier Clark on October 28 focused on state policy, it has everything to do with cities.

Homegrown energy and jobs through strong climate policy: lessons from our neighbors

by Ben Serrurier on October 13, 2013

This is Part 3 of a series on the Climate Workgroup in Washington. View Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 4.

Seattle's New Energy Code Breaks the Mold

by Elizabeth Willmott on October 9, 2013

The City of Seattle took a crucial step toward its long-term goal of carbon neutrality when it enacted a new Commercial Energy Code, for both new construction and major changes to existing buildings, on September 16, 2013.

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