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Washington legislature takes steps on clean buildings ahead of policy cutoff but leaves work on the table

by Stephanie Noren on February 16, 2022

A missed opportunity: WA House of Representatives supports cities' efforts to act on new buildings, but is reluctant to give tools to utilities for existing buildings

Early updates from Olympia: 2022 climate action in WA

by Climate Solutions on February 4, 2022

It’s a short and fast virtual legislative session in Washington this year, and there is a lot moving quickly. Here’s a quick summary below of where climate legislation stands after yesterday’s February 3rd policy committee cutoff.

Washington in forward motion on clean buildings

by Climate Solutions on February 4, 2022

There’s still quite a few leading clean buildings policies moving, including a focus on increasing access and customer choice to switch to electric appliances and decrease energy use in more  commercial buildings across the state. We’ve noted below key policies we’re tracking and where we expect them to land before House of Origin cutoff on February 15th.  

Progressive transportation funding considered in WA: Road Usage Charge

by Stephanie Noren on February 3, 2022

Quick explainer on an important part of funding WA transportation system sustainably in 2022.

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Clean Buildings heating up across Washington State

by Stephanie Noren on January 21, 2022

Efforts to increase access to clean, electric heating sources and electrify municipal and commercial buildings gaining ground in many forums across the state

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Transforming our Transportation: Pathways to Cut Pollution

by Leah Missik on December 17, 2021

Transportation is the largest source of our climate pollution in the Pacific Northwest. With new research, Climate Solutions has evaluated options to meet our climate goals in Washington and Oregon, cutting carbon from our transportation system.

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Good climate moves from Eugene's city council

by Greer Ryan on December 10, 2021

The Eugene, OR city council voted to start studying whether to require all new-constructed commercial and residential buildings be electric only.

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VICTORY! Oregon accelerates toward clean truck leadership

by Victoria Paykar on November 17, 2021

Earlier today, Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission voted to pass the Clean Truck Rules that will help us transition to zero emission trucks and reduce smog pollution from new diesel truck engines.

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Unprecedented times, unprecedented action needed

by Gregg Small on November 3, 2021

A lot of the focus today is what happened yesterday, Election Day. But at the end of last week, two surreal things happened at the same time in Washington, D.C.

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TriMet is on the road to clean and climate-friendly public transportation

by Jonathan Lee on November 2, 2021

Oregon’s largest public transit agency has committed to fueling its existing fleet of transit vehicles with renewable diesel, as part of its transition to a clean, non-polluting transit vehicle fleet.

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Kimberly Larson, Director of Communications and Engagement
kimberly.larson (at) climatesolutions.org
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Stephanie Noren, Washington Communications Manager
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206.454.7893 (office)

for Oregon inquiries:
Jonathan Lee, Oregon Communications Manager
jonathan.lee (at) climatesolutions.org
503.548.2538 (office)