We’re used to thinking of transportation as a source of greenhouse gas emissions – but while they don't move, buildings also emit carbon and air pollution. In fact, emissions from buildings are growing at a faster rate than any other source of carbon pollution in Washington.
Why? This increase is largely due to our use of fossil gas in homes and buildings (called "natural" gas by utilities). Burning fossil gas not only contributes to climate change, but also poses significant health risks for our communities, including children, communities of color, low-income communities, and other historically underserved communities.
There is good news! Many cities across the country are increasingly looking to ensure all new buildings are powered solely by electricity. Electrifying buildings is critical to addressing climate change; it is also achievable, affordable, healthy, safe, and creates a more resilient energy system.
This webinar shared ways that you can get involved in promoting clean, safe, all-electric buildings, including looking at how gas is currently used in buildings, its impacts on our health (especially indoors) and safety, and the prospects and implications of phasing it out.