In 2016, Climate Solutions completed the seventh and final year of our successful New Energy Cities program. Combining research on urban carbon reduction best practices and partnering with Northwest cities and counties, we helped local communities accelerate carbon emissions reduction through climate and clean energy goal-setting, clean energy transition planning, policy development, program design, and implementation.

Our New Energy Cities program continued to work with the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), a voluntary coalition of King County and 13 cities united in their goal to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 supporting efforts to get underway with achieving its 90% renewable electricity by 2030. New Energy Cities formed a partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute to provide energy maps and carbon wedge analyses for Everett, WA (Snohomish County) and Olympia, WA (Thurston County). Our existing partnership with Tukwila, WA showed encouraging progress, with city leadership and staff eager to make deep carbon reductions in their community.

Climate Solutions is proud of New Energy Cities and its seven years of success. Although we phased out the program at the end of 2016, Climate Solutions will continue to help our city and county partners create political momentum to inform policy and drive carbon emissions reduction at the state and regional levels.

  • ClimateCast - EPA - 10 April 2018
    A deregulatory push at the EPA is met by resistance from state governments. Solar projects grow in scale as well as number. States, cities and towns respond to climate threats with resiliency measures as well as with clean energy planning. Read more
  • Test driving EV car share
    Last week, Drive Oregon kicked off an EV pilot project that makes three electric cars available to Hacienda CDC and community members in Portland's diverse Cully neighborhood.  Read more
  • Bullitt Foundation solar roof


    We can dramatically cut carbon emissions simply by making our buildings more comfortable, cost-effective and efficient. Why haven't decades of energy efficiency programs accomplished more? Read more
  • King County Metro bus


    The “tyranny of oil” may get a new foothold in our nation’s foreign policy, if Rex Tillerson is confirmed as Secretary of State. But it’s losing its grip on our transportation systems, as more EVs hit the mass market—including a major investment in ... Read more
  • Celebrating Portland's victory over new fossil fuel terminals
    Portland continues to lead the way with big steps including banning new fossil fuel terminals, improving energy efficiency in homes with energy scores, and updating the city's electric vehicle policy. Plus a video! Read more