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Events happening in our Oregon Community!
I wanted to mention a few events coming up from other climate and environmental organizations across Oregon.
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.

States and 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 lawmakers and community partners to move rapidly 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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🎬 Electric heat pumps are magic

An electric heat pump can help you live in comfort year-round, while also releasing less pollution and saving you money on energy costs.

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Improving Oregon’s Homes and Buildings for our Climate and Communities

Oregonians deserve healthy, affordable, resilient buildings that run on clean energy.

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The biggest investment—ever—in clean energy coming to WA communities

Our last blog of the CCA series where we dig into the “invest” side of the cap-and-invest equation.

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Midway through this year's legislative session in Washington, lawmakers are working on implementing recently passed climate laws and allocating funds from the Climate Commitment Act. How's it going?

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Everyone should be able to breathe clean air

Ask WA legislators to support making energy-saving heat pumps available to low- and moderate-income households, schools and small businesses.

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WA folks can benefit from home energy incentives... but we need help.

The Energy Upgrade Navigator Program would help Washington residents access state and federal clean energy investments to save money, helping the state meet our climate goals.

Time for WA to go big on investing in climate action

The urgency of the climate crisis requires bold and meaningful action every single year. In 2023, Washington's Legislature must prioritize the health and safety of Washingtonians and make sure we advance true climate solutions in several key ways. 

🎬 Cutting climate pollution from buildings

Homes, offices, and other buildings are a major source of climate and air pollution. Thankfully, the best solutions will save you money on energy costs without sacrificing comfort. Learn more by watching our new video series!

2023 WA Legislative Climate Action

What’s on in WA for climate action this year

The 2023 Washington Legislative session is underway. Here are the major climate and clean energy issues Climate Solutions is tracking this year.

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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!

Halfway through

Submitted by Kelly Hall on Thu, 02/23/2023 - 09:12

Midway through this year's legislative session in Washington, lawmakers are working on implementing recently passed climate laws and allocating funds from the Climate Commitment Act. How's it going?
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