Civic engagement

  • by Bobby Hayden on May 22, 2014
    Joined by over 900 allies and leaders from around the region and around the country, we heard from heroes who are using their respective fields as platforms for real climate leadership. We also took some selfies. Read more
  • by Martha Kongsgaard on May 8, 2014
    “I don’t believe in magic,” Billy once said. “I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They’re measurements. They tell us how healthy things are.  How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same. That’s what I believe in. Those who learn to listen to the world that sustains them can hear the message brought forth by the salmon.”    Read more
  • by KC Golden on February 6, 2014
    The State Department's latest review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal only proves Gandhi's dictum that "we must be the change we wish to see in the world." Read more
  • by KC Golden on January 31, 2014
    Will President Obama issue a permit for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline? After issuing a State of the Union call for more urgency in our response to climate change, this will be a defining real-world test of his resolve. Read more
  • by Taylor Jordan on June 20, 2013
    The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass the Seattle Climate Action Plan this past Monday, resolving to pursue a broad set of strategies to achieve the city's long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. 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 January 30, 2013
    City officials who want to address climate change know that lowering the carbon emissions in the built environment requires bold steps—especially in the context of population growth and increased development. Well-intentioned city officials often sign up for aggressive city climate action plans, but then falter when it comes to implementation. One exceptional stand-out is Issaquah, WA (population 24,930), where the City’s leaders are confronting carbon emissions head-on. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on January 23, 2013
    The New Energy Cities joined close to 200 Oregon mayors and city managers in Bend, OR on January 22, 2013 at the Oregon Governor’s Cutting Edge Communities Symposium.  Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on March 1, 2011
    At the end of January, over 60 Edmonds community leaders, including the Mayor of Edmonds Mike Cooper and Edmonds City Council President Strom Peterson, Steve Klein, General Manager of Snohomish PUD, and other business leaders and citizens rolled up their sleeves to look at how the city can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions levels to 25% below 1995 levels by 2035. Read more