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Two years ago today: One of biggest climate wins in Oregon history
Today is a significant milestone for Oregon’s climate progress, but it requires a little time traveling to the cusp of the pre-COVID times to fully appreciate how far we’ve come.
Clean buildings

Heating and powering our homes and businesses generates a substantial amount of our climate-changing pollution; our built environment is a major contributor to global warming.  If our homes and buildings were carbon-free and energy efficient, we would significantly reduce our climate pollution, drastically cut energy costs for owners and renters, and improve air quality where we live and work. 

For example, in Washington State, emissions from buildings are growing at a faster rate than any other source of carbon pollution, with this increase largely attributable to the use of fossil gas in homes and buildings. Combusting fossil gas in homes and buildings is not only a significant contributor to climate change, but also poses significant health risks for our communities, children, and other vulnerable populations.

Indoor air quality issues are particularly concentrated for low-income residents in smaller units with poor ventilation. Communities of color are already disproportionately impacted by outdoor air pollution, and should not continue to be disproportionately harmed by poor indoor air quality as well. Gas appliances also worsen our outdoor air quality.  For example, California’s residential appliances releasing more than two times as many NOx emissions as all of their gas power plants combined, and commercial gas appliances releasing just as much NOx pollution as all of California’s cars.

Many cities in the region and around the country are increasingly looking at ensuring all new buildings are electric as a key cost-effective pathway for achieving their local or state greenhouse emissions goals. Electrifying buildings is critical to addressing climate change, but it is also achievable, affordable, safe, and creates a more resilient energy system.

We are working with partners to move toward electrifying our buildings for heating, cooling and cooking.  We can also construct homes and buildings that get all their energy from sustainable sources, and even produce as much energy as they use — net zero energy buildings. 

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Washington will build all new homes with heat pumps!

Friday, November 4thwas a big, great day in our efforts for cleaner, healthier homes and buildings!

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Climate election 2022. Was that a wave of some kind?

Climate election 2022: neither a red nor a green wave Los Angeles Times  reporter Sammy Roth recapped this week’s election results with the observation that 

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Washington will build new homes with heat pumps

The Washington State Building Code Council voted today to adopt new statewide residential building codes that will drive the transition to safe and healthy homes that run on low-cost, 100% clean electricity instead of methane gas

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A major effort and momentum for all-electric homes in WA

An incredible showing, representing the fabric and diversity of our climate community, raising the volume for clean and healthy homes

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Sign us up for renewable power

In this week's ClimateCast: the urgent need for clean energy infrstructure, resiliency and hard choices, West Coast climate leadership and more.

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A massively consequential week for climate action

The US Senate votes to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, climate impacts keep on coming, and communities lead the way on climate policy.

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Hot ways to stay cool: take our buildings all-electric

WA State has an opportunity to ensure the most climate friendly state residential energy codes in the country.

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Are we in a climate emergency? How is that not a dumb question?

After Manchin's latest reversal, real U.S. climate leadership remains a strong possibility. Also, it's hot

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Share your #FreedomFromFossilFuels story

Throughout this month, Climate Solutions has been sharing real, widely available clean energy solutions through our #FreedomFromFossilFuels campaign. Now, we'd like to hear from YOU!

Tell Oregon regulators: we want clean and safe buildings in our future

Together we can let the Public Utility Commissioners know that there is NO FUTURE for methane gas in Oregon.

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