Boise Mayor David Bieter hopes a city-owned launching pad for entrepreneurs will boost green energy projects in the Valley.
The Obama administration's Department of Energy awarded more than $2.4 billion in grants yesterday to signficantly increase deployment of electric vehicles. The funding was part of the President's federal stimulus package approved by Congress earlier this year.
Jeff Ramp is the first PGE customer to generate electricity under a pilot program in which utilities pay homeowners for power produced from solar panels.
Perched atop two floors of parking on the McKinstry campus, the Seattle-based consulting, construction, and energy firm has built the first real space of its kind dedicated entirely to fostering the local cleantech industry
Climate Solutions has partnered with 40 NW organizations in signing a letter to NW Senators and a letter to House members asking them to oppose the proposed Exxon Tar Sands Machinery Shipment Corridor through the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
Clean-energy solutions are emerging from every layer of the business world, from tiny startups to Fortune 500 behemoths. Major corporations set their own plans for greenhouse gas emissions reductions that are far greener than targets that nations throw about at U.N. climate change summits.
In Washington state, we've demonstrated the workability of dozens of new solutions to our long-standing energy problems. We've adopted cutting-edge programs to increase the amount of energy we get from renewable sources, make our homes and businesses more energy-efficient, set targets for reductions in global-warming pollution, and encourage a shift toward cleaner modes of transportation.
The fossil fuel economy is staggering toward an inevitable decline. The smart question now is how to unhitch our economic wagon from fossil fuel and connect it to a powerful new engine, fueled by clean energy.
Recent polling conducted in Southwest Washington indicates there is deep concern for the natural environment and strong support for policies and public officials who support conservation measures.
Green energy is one of the fastest growing businesses right now and Idaho has a piece of the action. The renewable energy industry offers a positive story for the state to build on if state leaders are looking for one.
Renowned Arctic explorer Will Steger has turned his passion for adventure to global climate change and clean energy because, he said, “We are all on an edge right now, and it’s an opportunity for us to think outside the box and learn what we can do.”
President Obama details his plan to offer government rebates for home retrofitting, saying the measure would both create jobs and save energy.
The second Kilowatt Crackdown is under way. It's a competition that calculates office-building energy usage and rewards improvement.
S4 Energy Solutions, a joint venture by Houston, TX-based Waste Management and Bend, OR-based InEnTec, said today it plans to build a waste-to-fuel facility at a landfill in Arlington, OR.
Along with his usual vigorous speaking itinerary (which includes Climate Solutions' Annual Breakfast on May 27) , Jones will be teaching a class at Princeton and working at the Center for American Progress, developing policy tools for legislators keen on helping along a green economy.
There is a burgeoning clean-energy technology race occurring that will determine which nation's economy leads into the 21st century. The United States is well positioned to win the race and to dominate the next great industrial revolution in clean energy, but only if we act now.
Olympia -- A new Lott Alliance project that converts methane gas from the sewage treatment plant to energy will generate enough heat and electricity to meet the needs of the treatment plant, the new LOTT Regional Services Center set to open this summer and the planned neighboring Hands On Children’s Museum.
Mayor Sam Adams announced last week that city taxpayers would give an $8.1 million interest-free loan to Gerding Edlen Development so the Portland company could build new North American headquarters in the Pearl for Vestas.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded $1 million in grants to four entities for projects that will further the development and marketability of renewable energy technologies in the state. The grants are funded with federal Recovery dollars.
April 28 - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today that the City of Seattle and Nissan North America will work together to promote the development of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Seattle will be one of the first cities where Nissan sells a new electric car, and the city will help make the vehicles viable here.
Microsoft took a stand against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday, saying that the business trade group does not represent the technology company's position on climate policy.
Congress must set a national renewable-power standard and revamp the electric grid to help the burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry reach its potential and compete globally, governors from 29 states, including Washington, Oregon and Montana said.
Agriculture and forestry have much to gain from passage of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation and much to lose from prolonged fossil fuel dependence and accelerating climate change.
Despite a crippling recession and tight credit markets, the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity.
The United States could save $680 billion from energy by 2020 with energy efficiency policies, states a new McKinsey report. These policy measures could come entirely from energy measures that pay for themselves
Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced that more than $13 million in Recovery Act grants that will help Washington state prepare workers to enter the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, as well as clean-energy occupations within other industries.
Jonathan Rose, New York developer and one of the sponsors of the upcoming Climate Solutions Annual Breakfast, vowed to make the Joseph Vance and Sterling buildings the greenest old office buildings in Seattle when he bought the downtown properties in 2006. The Vance building is home to Climate Solutions' Seattle office.
Climate Solutions is seeking an outstanding Development Director to lead our fundraising efforts. Over the past several years, Climate Solutions has grown significantly, doubling our annual budget and opening up offices in two new states. We are looking for a strong development leader to build on our success and help the organization continue to grow.
With the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs bill in September, the U.S. Senate began work on repowering America's economy with a comprehensive climate and energy policy. As Washington business leaders involved in building our local clean-energy economy, we're delighted to see the other Washington moving ahead to restore American leadership in the most dynamic sector of the new economy.
The US House has passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 – legislation that will significantly reduce pollution and create an estimated 168,000 clean energy jobs over the next two years. The Home Star residential retrofit program would provide rebates and incentives to consumers who invest in new energy efficient appliances, weatherize their homes, or purchase other efficient technologies for their home
An independent economic analysis indicates that Washington's economy would grow by $3.3 billion and add 19,300 jobs if a regional plan to mitigate climate change and build a clean-energy economy goes into effect as designed starting in 2012.
Surrounded by racks of lumber stands a fancy new greenhouse, home to an algae growth-tank, an algae digester and a bouquet of potted garden vegetables, growing in various experimental fertilizer mixes. Outside is the prototype burner, where wood is turned to charcoal.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said she sees no end yet to the ongoing economic turmoil, but she expects the $787 billion federal economic-stimulus package to help create jobs in Washington, especially in the green-energy fields.
By continuing to artificially subsidize fossil fuels, we undermine investments that will guarantee our energy dependence. It is time for our country to shift gears and direct our limited resources away from the fuels of the past and towards initiatives that will secure a clean and secure energy future.
COPENHAGEN - More than two-dozen major U.S. businesses, including Dow Chemical, Microsoft, Nike and Pacific Gas & Electric, sent a letter to President Obama today encouraging him to secure a strong climate change agreement with significant emissions reduction targets and substantial new financing commitments from developed countries, including the United States.
The new state energy code upgrade will help Washington hit climate protection goals. “It’s the smartest, simplest thing we can do to save consumers money and put the brakes on climate disruption," said KC Golden, Climate Solutions Policy Director. "With the holiday approaching, we can be thankful that the Building Code Council took this good strong step forward!"
Both Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray delivered strong floor speeches in defense of the Clean Air Act last week. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proposed to revoke the science-based determination by the Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations of Americans. Senators Cantwell and Murray voted with the majority to reject the measure, which failed on a vote of 47 to 53 on June 10.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awarded 66 non-profits a total of $4.6 million in grants by on Thursday. In Seattle, the White Center Community Development Association received a $200,000 grant to develop a green jobs initiative.
The Missoula City Council this week unanimously gave a green light to 19 energy conservation upgrades worth some $1.37 million.
The Environmental Protection Agency will announce today that it is granting California's request to impose tough restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks - reversing the Bush administration's position and opening the way for the state to take the lead on global-warming policy.
In granting the clean car waiver today, President Obama and his EPA removed a huge roadblock to all states seeking real solutions to global warming. This is good news for us in the Northwest, because the waiver gives Washington, Oregon and 11 other states the green light to follow California’s lead. Climate Solutions and many other groups worked hard to have our states adopt these stronger standards, and they are key elements of the state plans to lower global warming pollution. This decision means that we will finally get cleaner cars on our roads.
Come and experience a special night of music as Seattle's own Kris Orlowski performs alongside the Passenger String Quartet with the very talented Star Anna opening the night to benefit Climate Solutions, at one of Seattle's best and most unique live music venues, The Triple Door.
A new international partner will help Micron, a Boise company, take another step toward green energy.
Climate Solutions announces the release of Building the Biocarbon Economy: How the Northwest Can Lead, a new briefing series that details how forests, farms, cities and businesses can mobilize biological carbon resources to stabilize the climate.
The United States will propose a near-term target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions before the United Nations climate change meeting in Copenhagen next month, a senior administration official said Monday. President Obama, the official said, will announce the specific target “in coming days.”
The World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) recognizes leaders as “E-Visionaries” for their use of clean, efficient and sustainable modes of transportation. E-Visionary award recipients are examples for communities around the world to emulate.
Fossil fuel is wrecking the one Earth we've got. It's not going to go away because we ask politely. If we want a world that works, we're going to have to raise our voices.
Climate Solutions congratulates EnerG2, who broke ground on Tuesday on its stimulus-funded energy storage materials production facility in Albany, promising 35 new jobs when the plant opens in October 2011.
American companies are cutting their energy use, measuring their output of greenhouse gases, adopting policies to reduce emissions or pushing for federal legislation to do the same.
The pace of global warming continues unabated, scientists said, despite images of Europe crippled by a deep freeze and parts of the United States blasted by blizzards.
Climate Solutions is proud to serve as a community sponsor of Pivotal Leaders. We hope you'll nominate leaders building the Northwest's clean economy to be recognized for their work.
Buildings that Act Like Guinea Pigs for Energy Efficiency: The Puget Sound Regional Council Plan for Green Jobs
The Prosperity Partnership: Everyone is looking for the next big thing during an economic downturn, whether it be individuals searching for ways to reinvent their careers after lags and layoffs, or whole regions needing to rebuild their economies.
A new report released by the Center for American progress projects that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act combined with the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security would stimulate $150 billion of public and private investment that would create 1.7 million clean energy jobs. The report includes a chart of state by state clean energy jobs growth.
Join us Saturday, October 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Seattle Center to support strong global action on climate change. The Seattle 350 Climate Action Rally will coincide with similar actions all over the world as part of author Bill McKibben's 350 movement.
A study released Wednesday indicates that the Northwest is uniquely positioned to make a relatively painless transition to clean-energy sources, retiring all coal and nuclear power generation in the region by 2040.
Climate experts blame global warming, triggered by emissions from industries and cars, for much of the ongoing retreat of glaciers worldwide. North Cascades National Park has lost half of its ice area in the last century. Mt. Rainier's glaciers have shrunk by more than a quarter.
The profits from sales of energy ptroduced by the turbines in the Wind Energy Project to the Grays Harbor PUD will be used to fund many social service programs, including Meals-On-Wheels and in-home care assistance for seniors, transportation services for the disabled and HIV/AIDS medical management.
The White House will announce plans Wednesday to provide another $5 billion in tax credits for manufacturers of wind, solar, electric vehicle and other renewable energy products, hoping to leverage at least $15 billion in private investment and create "tens of thousands" of jobs.
There’s no better way to kick off a Seattle visit than to have a two-hour meeting with Bill Gates. That was Arun Majumdar’s morning yesterday.
After months of tough deliberations, today Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) released a discussion draft of their major climate and clean-energy legislation. Along with the CLEAR Act introduced by Senators Cantwell (D-WA) and Collins (R-ME), this proposal sets the stage for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this year.
Six West Coast senators have a clear message for their colleagues and the White House: no new drilling on Pacific shores.
Senator John Kerry on the American Power Act: "It's a practical pathway to finally end our addiction to oil, put Americans back in control of our own power production, and release the innovation and ingenuity of Americans to build the clean energy economy we need to build prosperity in the 21st century."
General Electric will supply wind turbines to what it says will be the nation’s largest wind farm, in Oregon. The $1.4 billion deal was announced on Thursday.
Food-poor, predator-rich ocean waters caused by climate change likely played a significant role in decimating millions of sockeye salmon in British Columbia's Fraser River ahead of what was supposed to be a bumper year
The first vote cast by the Washington State House of Representatives in this young 2010 session represented the top prioirity of their constituents back home: jobs!
With a few steps, any city or county can create a green team and start saving resources. Here's how Missoula, MT got the ball rolling.
A joint venture to manufacture carbon fiber parts for a new BMW electric car will be built in Moses Lake, the heart of central Washington's potato country.
Seattle-based Verdiem is announcing today a new partnership with San Jose, CA-based Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO). Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will market and sell Verdiem’s energy management software for PCs and networked devices under Cisco’s “EnergyWise Orchestrator” brand, through its worldwide distribution network. Financial details weren’t given, but it’s an original equipment manufacturing deal, so Verdiem’s software will be built into Cisco’s products—which could make it a very promising sales strategy for Verdiem.
Much has been said about the Obama administration pushing through new regulations on everything from health-care companies to banks — not to mention the impact these changes will have on the overall economy. But less attention has been paid to the way the new regulations will play out for entrepreneurs: Will stepped-up regulation stifle or stimulate growth? SmartMoney spoke with business owners, venture capitalists and analysts for a snapshot of six industries poised for growth.
US DOE has announced that eleven Washington weatherization programs were awarded nearly $7 million to fund a variety of energy efficiency and on site renewable projects.
Job growth may be in the dumps for most businesses, but in the solar arena, the sun is shining, according to a report released this morning.
In a sign that solar energy is coming of age here, one of the Portland area’s largest homebuilders is marketing an entire neighborhood of solar-powered homes.
Plans are under way to build a $250 million biomass plant near the Shelton Airport with an objective of turning 600,000 tons of wood debris into enough electricity to power 40,000 homes.
A great day for the climate: Governor Gregoire joins with President Obama to cut global warming pollution, grow the clean-energy economy
Governor Christine Gregoire signed an executive order that signals Washington state’s commitment to maintain its leadership role growing the clean energy economy and limiting pollution. The announcement of the executive order immediately followed the Governor’s testimony supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to human health.
A spirited crowd estimated at 2,000 people gathered outside an EPA hearing in Seattle on May 21, urging the Obama Administration to take action on reducing global warming pollution. Hundreds of children and students joined members of the faith community, health officials, business leaders, environmental leaders, and elected officials to call upon the administration and congress to address the threat to public health posed by global warming pollution, support real solutions to global warming, create more green jobs and opportunity in the growing clean energy economy and end America’s dependence on dirty energy sources like coal.
It's not every day that the Environmental Protection Agency comes to town and asks people about climate change and what should be done about it. But it happened Thursday in Seattle - one of only two hearings held nationwide on greenhouse gases, global warming and pollution. "Change is in the air today, and it feels very good," says Gregg Small, executive director of Climate Solutions.
For Van Jones, it's the path forward, the solutions, that interest him, now as ever. Hear more from Van when he speaks at Climate Solutions' Annual Breakfast on May 27.
The aim is to retrofit Harborview, Swedish, Virginia Mason and Group Health Cooperative using $2.4 million in grant funding and more than $18 million in other funds. Hospitals are responsible for disproportionate amount of greenhouse gases.
Portland-based Gerding Elden, a member of Business Leaders for Climate Solutions, is convinced sustainable building has finally arrived as a viable business strategy, thanks in part to the Obama administration's view of the green economy as one of the country's primary economic engines.
Ref. 52 comes from the JOBS Act passed by the Legislature this April and will put people to work repairing schools across the state and making them more energy-efficient.
We, the undersigned organizations, representing thousands of members throughout Montana, are part of this majority who want action now. We are united in our belief that there remains a window of opportunity to reduce the emissions that cause global warming before the costs of doing nothing overwhelm us.
Rhys Roth, Climate Solutions Director of Strategic Innovation stars in Green Buildings: Jobs of the Future - an award-winning video produced by WA State Departments of Ecology and General Administration, along with Renton Center for Excellence in Construction and Pacific Mountain Alliance for Innovation-WIRED.
Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman , co-authors the American Power Act, highlighted today’s new scoring from the Congressional Budget Office’s showing the American Power Act reduces America’s deficit by over $19 billion over ten years.
Major Employers, Outdoor Industries, and Small Businesses Urge Immediate Action on Comprehensive Climate, Clean Energy Legislation
Climate Solutions press release for June 3, 2010: Hundreds of northwest businesses, employing tens of thousands of people in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, are urging the region's Senators to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation, including a cap on carbon.
Jackson Hole now has a skeleton plan for how to reduce energy consumption, and in the next few months leaders plan to start adding tendons, muscle and flesh to those bones.
Idaho Power will get new tools to make its larger distribution system more reliable and better able to integrate alternative energy sources like wind and solar power. The company also will get more sophisticated tools to examine customer demand so it can offer new programs to improve energy efficiency and reduce the need to build new power plants.
Recovery Act tax credits to enable more than $7 billion in new manufacturing projects and create tens of thousands of jobs
Peggy Beltrone: Eight winters ago, I boarded a bus to Pincher Creek, Alberta, climbed a mountain and stomped around my first wind farm. For me, the stars aligned. My passion for environmental protection, national security, and rural economic development suddenly found a focus. As a Cascade County Commissioner, I soon took up the mantle of bringing wind power development to the gusty east slopes of the Continental Divide.
by Diane Dietz, Oregon Register-Guard- Oct 1st, 2009 Businesses are leading the fight to pass climate change legislation -- including the Senate Clean Energy Jobs and American Security Act introduced Wednesday.
"With this grant approval by the Department of Commerce, we are on our way to establishing the Peninsula region as a leader in renewable energy programs for this part of the country, said Kent Myers, City Manager of Port Angeles, a public partner in the Clallam County Economic Development Council.
Clean energy will yield "quality, living wage jobs" as well as less greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, Gov. Christine Gregoire will tell the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee this morning.
Research by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably—extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating new industries.
What sets AACT’s algae-cellulose method apart from other forms of renewable energy is that in addition to producing clean energy from waste, it also creates a nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer that can be used to reforest the state or to ramp up farm production.
If our national and state policymakers don’t get their act together quickly, China will eat our lunch. Positive steps have been made in Washington, D.C. The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set aside tens of billions of dollars for clean energy, clean transportation and clean building. And the American Clean Energy and Security Act adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives moved us closer to a framework that would benefit the growth of a clean economy.
Climate change and the economic opportunities that can be an outcome of aggressive climate and clean-energy policy were the topics of discussion at a May 13 event in Helena. Three panelists, including Climate Solutions Executive Director Gregg Small, addressed an audience in Helena.
In Monday's big economic speech, Obama reaffirms his commitment to a clean energy economy and strong climate bill: “The only way to truly spark this transformation is through a gradual, market-based cap on carbon pollution.”
An astonishing wind energy boom has transformed the east end of the Columbia Gorge.
The esteemed Union of Concerned Scientists has concluded a 2-year report on climate and clean-energy investments commensurate with those of the new American Clean Energy and Security Act (“Waxman-Markey”), with inspiring conclusions.
All told, we should be asking ourselves not what climate legislation will cost, but rather how much we’ll lose by failing to pass it.