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Sovereign Power Brings Solar Jobs and Renewable Energy to the Spokane Tribe

July 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Jason Campbell, CEO of Sovereign Power, Inc. Working with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and others, Sovereign Power is “building self-sustaining native nations through energy independence”. Recently this exciting work was featured as a front-page story in Eastern Washington’s top weekly newspaper, The Inlander. To learn more about Sovereign Power’s great work, please check […]

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Crossing the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Investing

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

This summary was produced for the CSI Blog by Mercer Thanks to Alex Bernhardt and Shounak Bagchi! The world today is in dire need of sustainable infrastructure (SI), most notably in developing and emerging markets. As the global population continues to grow, the need for sustainable infrastructure grows with it. The New Climate Economy estimates […]

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Stormwater Management: Lessons from Our Forests

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

By Alexandra Ramsden and Jennifer Barnes Reposted with permission from the Sightline Institute. A new report from the Urban Greenprint project recommends biomimicry-inspired design elements for Northwest cities to wrangle their rainfall! Take a moment to recall your last hike through a Pacific Northwest forest. Maybe close your eyes, listen for the quiet of such […]

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Upcoming Event: WA Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence Best Practices Summit

May 4th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy

On behalf of the Washington Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence, we are pleased to share the full agenda for the 12th Annual Best Practices Summit on June 1 and 2 in the new Centralia College TransAlta Commons building. We have an exciting venue lined up ranging from Mark Taylor an expert on Multi-Generations […]

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Sustainable Energy Utilities and ESCO Financing Can Save Money and Reduce Carbon Footprints

May 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Kathleen Saul – Master of Environmental Studies Faculty at The Evergreen State College “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.”   —Will Rogers William Penn Adair, aka Will Rogers, lived at a time before the spread of electric lights, before highways criss-crossed […]

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Attend the Upcoming Low-carbon Space Heating Symposium at the UW Seattle Campus

April 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Scott Morgan – Director of Sustainability at The Evergreen State College Natural gas has been actively promoted as a ‘transition’ fuel in our national climate change work, and it’s certainly one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels. But the Puget Sound region has used natural gas for heating for decades, and many institutions with […]

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How We Can Turn Railroads into a Climate Solution

March 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Transportation

By Patrick Mazza – Article originally featured on Grist Railroads have become a nexus of controversy in recent years due to their role in transporting climate-twisting fossil fuels. But they could become a locomotive driving the growth of clean energy. That is the aim of a new proposal to electrify railroads, run them on renewable […]

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The Water-Energy Nexus is the Next Big Thing: Three Case Studies from CodeInnovations.org

February 18th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

By Chris van Daalen – Principal Investigator at The Code Innovations Database Whether we’re talking people, ecosystems or the economy, what they say is true:  Water is Life.  From lead-polluted drinking water in Flint Michigan, to a moratorium on building in Whatcom County, Washington, it’s painfully clear how dependent all of us are on water […]

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Green Power Partnership in Higher Education

February 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy

By Rhianna Hruska – The Evergreen State College In 2005, the student-driven clean energy campaign advocated for the creation of a green fee to fully cover renewable energy credits for The Evergreen State College.  A poll was sent to all students, and of the 28% that voted, 91% voted yes on paying for a campus […]

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Refocusing the National Discussion about Infrastructure

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water

CSI Director, Rhys Roth recently collaborated with CSI Advisor Craig Partridge to assist Michael Zimmerman (Evergreen‘s Vice President of Academic Affairs) on a piece for the Huffington Post titled, Refocusing the National Discussion about Infrastructure: Building a Sustainable Future. The piece argues that the debate about federal funding for infrastructure needs to recognize that “innovation […]

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