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We did it! 100% clean and fossil-free Multnomah county buildings
Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution ensuring all new county-owned buildings—including libraries, courthouses, and community centers—are built to be fossil-free and utilize 100% clean and renewable energy.
New Energy Cities

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.

The Hype Over Ductless Isn't Just Hot Air

Submitted by Sam Bliss on Sat, 11/17/2012 - 00:00

One of the hottest selling items in the City of Bainbridge Island, WA is a mini split. No, it is not some new fashion statement. A mini split, also known as a ductless heat pump, heats and cools buildings of all types in ways that save money and increase comfort.

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To Infinity and Beyond Oil

Submitted by Sam Bliss on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 00:00

A group of high-minded, like-minded, smart-minded, mindful, mind-bogglingly inventive individuals convened in Seattle Center's Intiman Theatre on Friday, September 7, to talk about the future of transportation fuels.

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Jackson, WY-A True Clean Energy Pioneer

The Town of Jackson, WY is well on its path to becoming a national leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. With over four million annual visitors to the area, Jackson has the potential to educate millions of Americans about the value of investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy and pioneering a clean energy future.

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Unsung Successes of the Recovery Act

The success stories of the Recovery Act's clean energy investment are visible across the country in numerous American cities. Recovery Act funding enabled a wide range of innovative projects in municipal and community-wide energy efficiency, clean energy, sustainable transportation, and other measures to cut energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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