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A clean tech company in Portland, Oregon is taking strides to make sure that your windows take your breath away, not your warmth.

Lowering utility bills while creating jobs—now that's efficient

“Every watt saved by energy efficiency measures helps create living-wage jobs,” says Stephanie Pitts of McKinstry, the latest business recipient of the BlueGreen Alliance's "Right Stuff" award.

Transit-oriented neighborhoods will save energy—it's their density

Developing transit-oriented affordable housing (along with a robust transit system) can be a powerful climate solution for cities, increasing efficiencies and reducing the need for driving.

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A clean tech company in Portland, Oregon is taking strides to make sure that your windows take your breath away, not your warmth.

Cities Get Clean Energy

City leaders across the United States see that energy efficiency means not only carbon reduction but also good government and sound economic policy:

Bellevue builds clean energy cred

Bellevue, WA has been quietly earning accolades for its achievements in sustainability, clean energy and energy efficiency. What's next for this leading city?

Redmond, WA gets its clean energy house in order

Redmond, WA is walking its clean energy talk, allocating $820,000 to reduce the city's energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Knowledge is power...and money

Would you buy a car without knowing how fuel-efficient it is?  What about a building? Check out how Portland is making buildings' energy-efficiency data public, and why that's expected to reduce carbon emissions and save money for both owners and tenants.

Oregon's climate change-fighting forests

Oregon has a lot of forests, and great conditions for growing long-lived trees, and those forests store a lot of carbon. Aggressive and unsustainable logging of those forests can contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

King County makes buildings energy-smart

Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA is effectively a city of 500 acres and more than 125 buildings, with a daytime population of 58,000.

Solar installation via itek and Western Solar, WA

Protecting Washington’s Clean Energy Commitment

Despite its huge successes, Washington’s Energy Independence Act (better known by it’s ballot number, I-937) seems to fly under the radar. This anonymity is about to change.



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Local Impact 16 Conference

The #LocalImpact16 Conference will empower the next generation of sustainability and social responsibility leaders by providing access to networking events, engaging workshops, and discussions lead by professionals, activists and community leaders who are already creating change. We are looking for innovative and inspired people to join the movement and together we will maximize the positive impact we have on the prosperity of people AND the planet.

Revolution Required: Climate, Energy, and the Road Through Paris

Come join Climate Solutions' very own Ross Macfarlane as he outlines the reasons we need a complete transformation of our energy system over the next several decades, and how local and state leadership can play a critical role. “Revolution Required: Climate, Energy, and the Road through Paris” illustrates climate‘s effects east of the Cascades and what the means for the future. Doors open at 6:30 PM for no-host refreshments and the presentation begins at 7:00 PM. Admission by donation.

The Path to Urban Carbon Reduction

The international climate talks are a moment in time for forward-looking urban leaders to demonstrate the collective political will they have amassed for bold climate action, and to show how far they have already come in reducing carbon emissions.

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Climate Change in the Context of the World Environmental Crisis

The Climate Action Team of University Unitarian Church is presenting a series of distinguished lecturers talking about how climate change will affect us locally, globally, and spiritually. On the first Tuesday of every month from October, 2015, through April, 2016, we will have the opportunity to hear an expert discussing a different aspect of climate change in our present and our future.