All of us at Climate Solutions are thrilled to be hearing from both Governor John Kitzhaber and Tom Steyer on Wednesday at our 5th Annual Dinner & 15th Anniversary celebration.
Tom Steyer, Co-Founder of Next Generation, is a national advocate for investing in clean energy solutions to address climate change. His targeted investments in renewable energy research, advanced energy solutions, and community-building strategies are aimed squarely at the intersection of economic development and environmental protection.
Eileen V. Quigley, Director of Strategic Innovation at Climate Solutions, did a great profile on Tom earlier this year. Chris Bast, our Business Partnership Manager, alsodid a deeper dive on one of the many great projects Steyer has helped found: Advanced Energy Economy.
Serving in his third term as Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber released his10-Year Energy Action Plan last year which called energy THE issue of our time, both globally and here in Oregon. "No single issue will have a greater impact on our state's economy, environment and quality of life in the coming decade," he said.
Last month, in a great step forward on climate and clean energy, Governor Kitzhaber joined Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, California Governor Jerry Brown and BC's Premier Christy Clark on a new Pacific Coast Action Plan.
These West Coast leaders agreed that all four jurisdictions will account for the costs of carbon pollution and also committed to adopting and maintaining low carbon fuel standards in each jurisdiction.
Take a look at the great coverage from around the country.
On Wednesday night we'll hear more from both of these leaders about their visions for bold action on climate and clean energy.
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