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A founding member of the Climate Solutions team, Patrick developed the knowledge base for much of Climate Solutions’ advocacy work and helped shape the sustainability and clean tech agenda of key policymakers, researchers and business leaders around the Northwest. Patrick served as Research Director until the end of 2013, and has now moved on to work through his independent global sustainability consultancy, MROC, and serves as 350 Seattle Sustainable Solutions Working Group co-facilitator and member of its governing Hub.
His series of papers on clean-energy technology and Northwest economic opportunity from 1998-2002 helped catalyze the past decade’s wave of policy activity and investment in the clean economy sector.
- From 2002-2005, Patrick’s influential papers on emerging energy systems helped set in motion a powerful focus on the smart electric grid and electric vehicles. Those include The Smart Energy Network: Electricity’s Third Great Revolution; Powering Up the Smart Grid; and Carrying the Energy Future: Comparing Hydrogen and Electricity.
- From 2005-2009, Patrick wrote several national papers on agricultural clean energy potentials including The New Harvest: Biofuels and Wind Power for Rural Revitalization and National Energy Security; and Community Wind 101: A Primer for Policymakers. He also served on Washington state working groups designing climate policy, and helped design 2008 Washington state legislation funding clean fuels research.
- Since 2010 Patrick has provided the research basis for the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative with the Building the Biocarbon Economy series, and served as research-writing lead for the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest regional stakeholder process and its report, Powering the Next Generation of Flight. He is active in the follow-on Climate Solutions Sustainable Aviation Fuels program.
Patrick also co-authored Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (New Society, 2001) with Guy Dauncey.
Patrick likes to spend his free time walking, reading history, and playing music. He lives in Seattle and ventures south regularly to sing in a Portland rock band.
Patrick's email is cascadia2012 (at) gmail.com
By: Patrick Mazza on September 16, 2013
Soaking carbon from the atmosphere into farm soils is a widely advocated climate solution. A new Australian study kicks dirt all over the idea. But digging in a little deeper uncovers a more favorable picture.
By: Patrick Mazza on September 3, 2013
Good-paying jobs that produce multiple products in rural communities where good jobs have been scarce – This is the restoration economy. In Oregon the restoration economy created 6,483 jobs, generated $977.5 million in economic activity from 2001–2010, a new report from Ecotrust says.
By: Patrick Mazza on September 3, 2013
The Pacific Northwest possesses a singular regional identity, one of the strongest in North America. A large portion of the population is here by choice. But what draws the region together? What are the roots of this identity?
By: Patrick Mazza on August 19, 2013
Do frightened grasshoppers increase carbon storage in grasslands? It appears the answer is yes, according to Yale Forestry School research. But the reason for this phenomenon might not be what you think.
By: Patrick Mazza on August 15, 2013
Farm support programs that target only food production miss huge opportunities to generate natural benefits, a new British study documents.
By: Patrick Mazza on August 13, 2013
The message is spreading that changing the way agriculture is done can draw heat-trapping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere into farm soils to improve the viability of agriculture overall.
By: Patrick Mazza on April 16, 2013
Carbon dioxide levels hit 395 parts per million in 2012, the highest in four or five million years when sea levels were around 80 feet higher and temperatures up to 10° Fahrenheit hotter. If we sustain those CO2 levels, or go higher as we are doing, a completely different world will emerge.