Energy efficiency

  • by Elizabeth Willmott on March 5, 2014
    The work of choosing and executing strategies that add up to large-scale carbon reduction must begin in earnest. In the Northwest and around the United States, we are seeing early signs that elected officials are responding to this call and starting down the path of hard work. Read more
  • by KC Golden on February 19, 2014
    I’m going to burn my driver’s license when I turn 75. Maybe sooner. I’d like to do it at the offices of Koch Enterprises, if I can get a ride home. Read more
  • by Bobby Hayden on February 9, 2014
    A quiet milestone has been reached in the evolution of solar and other clean energy solutions brewing along Oregon's South Coast, one built on concerted community effort in hand with public, private and nonprofit collaboration. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on December 23, 2013
    When the opportunity recently arose to set a long-term community climate action goal, Beaverton sustainability officials wanted to do their homework. So they called the New Energy Cities team to help them figure out what it would take to make deep cuts in climate pollution community-wide. Read more
  • 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. Read more
  • 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. Read more
  • 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. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on August 6, 2013
    On August 1, the City of Portland graciously hosted the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative (NBI) along with our partners at Ecotrust and the Willamette Partnership to announce the release of NBI’s new report, Natural Infrastructure: A Climate-Smart Solution. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on April 30, 2013
    As the 2013 Affordable Comfort Inc. National Home Performance Conference kicks off in Denver, CO, it is clear that U.S. communities are far from empty-handed when crafting energy efficiency retrofit programs. Spurred in part by the Recovery Act, an army of small and large communities nationwide have worked hard to set up, operate, and sustain energy retrofit programs for both the residential and commercial building owners. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on February 27, 2013
    On February 15, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division announced the first six grantees of the Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program, a $500,000 state program to help local communities identify and implement strategies in energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet their local energy needs. Read more