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The Solutions Stories project captures and communicates climate-smart clean energy success happening now in the Northwest economy. Contact Bobby Hayden to learn more: bobby@climatesolutions.org, 503.781.3383

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Harvesting Wind Power. Through a community-wide investment in wind power, a rural county in Oregon is earning millions of dollars to build their economy, cutting carbon and demonstrating that clean energy is both practical and profitable.

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Stories from around the region

Solutions Story: How I fell for the carbon tax

Solutions Story: How I fell for the carbon tax

One woman shares the story of her rise and fall – and rise again! – as a climate activist.

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Building a more sustainable mousetrap: UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Building a more sustainable mousetrap: UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

At the University of Washington, competing teams of students sought novel solutions to seemingly intractable environmental problems, from reducing packaging waste, to finding new paths for recycling, to creating new renewable energy systems.

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Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action

Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action

What do an executive, a student, a tribal leader, an activist and a veteran have in common? They're all taking on climate change - and they’re all going to be sharing their stories this coming Thursday, February 20 from 5-7pm at Portland State University.

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Ending clean fuels program would be costly mistake for Oregon

Ending clean fuels program would be costly mistake for Oregon

I hope Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, supports, and the Oregon Legislature passes, this common sense legislation. Oregonians, both now and into the future, deserve a say in what moves them.

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From climate impacts to solutions for Oregon businesses

From climate impacts to solutions for Oregon businesses

In mid-January, during the State of Oregon’s “Legislative Days”, three business leaders in Oregon testified to the effects of climate change their industries are facing right now.

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Facing climate change: Optimism is up to us

Facing climate change: Optimism is up to us

On one hand, the science news about our climate crisis is relentlessly sobering. It’s late, and we have so far to go. On the other hand, the momentum for solutions is building, and our climate movement is growing strong.

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Southern Oregon’s got sol

Southern Oregon’s got sol

A quiet milestone has been reached in the evolution of solar and other clean energy solutions brewing along Oregon's South Coast, one built on concerted community effort in hand with public, private and nonprofit collaboration.

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Why Solar Installations Are Growing So Fast in the Middle Class

Why Solar Installations Are Growing So Fast in the Middle Class

One of the main misconceptions about solar power is that it’s only affordable for rich environmentalists. But a new study shows how far off that notion really is.

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We’re blushing. Thank you, Postcard Underground.

We’re blushing. Thank you, Postcard Underground.

Over several weeks this past fall we received a flurry of very encouraging notes in the mail directed at our Solutions Stories.

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U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Double In 2013

U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Nearly Double In 2013

Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles soared by 84 percent from 2012 to 2013 for a total of more than 96,000, according to data from Ward’s Automotive.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like solar

It’s beginning to look a lot like solar

Making something happen that is part of the solution is refreshing, especially when I’ve spent so much of my time fighting the behemoth fossil fuel industry standing in the way of a cleaner, healthier future.

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Spokane stormwater gardens may help both river, city

Spokane stormwater gardens may help both river, city

The Spokesman Review writes in support of city efforts to use biocarbon principles to handle stormwater and save money.

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Responses to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee from KC Golden

Responses to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee from KC Golden

We must categorically avoid new investments in long-lived, capital-intensive fossil fuel infrastructure. We can’t solve the problem by making it better and worse simultaneously. We have to stop making it irrevocably, irreversibly worse, so we can indeed make it better.

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The Solution Will Be Televised

The Solution Will Be Televised

We’ve all heard the litany of environmental challenges facing the world today – climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution and on and on. It’s enough to make the most hopeful among us think we’re headed toward a future filled with doom and gloom.

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Increasing Numbers of NW Residents Chose Green Power

Increasing Numbers of NW Residents Chose Green Power

Customer participation in voluntary green power programs increased by 13.1% across more than 60 utilities in the Northwest between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report released today from the Renewable Northwest Project.

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A quiet revolution under our feet

A quiet revolution under our feet

It’s fostering new connections between public, private and academic institutions. Done right, it just might stem the tide of runaway climate change.

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Because hockey stick graphs alone can'€™t save the planet

Because hockey stick graphs alone can'€™t save the planet

People will not be inspired to take action by hockey stick graphs alone. That isn’t to say that facts are not vital to our work to inform policy and make the case for action. We need stories too if we’re moving hearts and minds.

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Renewables to be as affordable as natural gas

Renewables to be as affordable as natural gas

Renewable energy is getting cheaper. A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver finds that if the cost of wind and solar power continues to drop, it could be just as affordable as natural gas by 2025.

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State initiatives pushing renewable energy growth

State initiatives pushing renewable energy growth

Report ranks the renewable energy "attractiveness indices" for all 50 states. California and Texas continue to dominate the market, with Hawaii making the strongest jump last year through significant solar and wind gains.

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2/3rds of global solar PV has been installed in the last 2.5 Years

2/3rds of global solar PV has been installed in the last 2.5 Years

It took nearly four decades to install 50 gigawatts of PV capacity worldwide. But in the last 2 1/2 years, the industry jumped from 50 gigawatts of PV capacity to just over 100 gigawatts. At the same time, global module prices have fallen 62 percent since January 2011.

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Videos

Repowering Bainbridge

RePower Bainbridge
Bainbridge Island, Washington

The Big Chiller - Granger, WA

The Big Chiller
Granger, Washington

Four Generations of Green

Four Generations of Green
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Bright Lights, Big Savings

Bright Lights, Big Savings
Spokane, Washington

I Want My DHP

I Want My DHP!
Libby, Montana

Discovering Renewable Energy

Discovering Renewable Energy
The Dalles, Oregon

Driving the EVolution

Driving the EVolution
Bellevue, Washington

Eco-Capitalists

Eco-Capitalists
King County, Washington

Harvesting Wind Power

Harvesting Wind Power
Sherman County, Oregon

Kilowatt Crackdown

Kilowatt Crackdown
Puget Sound, Washington

Living Future

Living Future
Bullitt Center - Seattle, Washington

Plant Nerds

Plant Nerds
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Repowering Our Workforce

Repowering Our Workforce
Kitsap County, Washington

Reclaiming Waste Energy

Reclaiming Waste Energy
Bremerton, Washington

Tale of Two Schools

A Tale of Two Schools
Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Washington

 
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