Climate Solutions Programs
Choosing and winning policy campaigns that make the clean-energy economy real, and maximizing the contribution of Northwest leadership toward reductions in climate pollution
MAKING IT REAL:
Demonstrating the clean-energy economy is real and a vital part of economic growth
- NEW ENERGY CITIES: Working with communities to become models of success in pioneering a clean, renewable, super-efficient energy system
- NORTHWEST BIOCARBON INITIATIVE: Advancing model policies and practices to store carbon in our forests, farms and urbanized landscapes
- SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUELS: Collaborating with aviation industry leaders to make our region the first to fuel airports with significant quantities of regionally produced, sustainable biofuel
Building a powerful and diverse movement (business, agriculture, faith-based organizations, veterans, grassroots groups) in support of strong climate change and clean-energy action
- BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS: Bringing together executives, entrepreneurs and investors to make the case for strong climate policy and the transition to a clean economy
- POWER PAST COAL: Working with a growing regional coalition to stop massive expansion of coal exports from West Coast ports to Asia
- SOLUTIONS STORIES: Communicating success stories of the clean-energy economy happening now
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
At Climate Solutions, every initiative we work on, every coalition we form and every conversation we start springs from our belief in two basic, mutually reinforcing truths: 1) Economic prosperity is impossible in a world where the natural environment is stressed beyond the breaking point; and 2) Environmental protection is only possible in a world with sustainable economic prosperity and opportunity for all. All of our programs work to forcefully challenge fossil fuel dependence, while making the alternatives real, accessible and irresistible.
We know that to address the climate crisis at the urgency and scale required, Climate Solutions needs to make an even bigger impact. Climate change is the top sustainability issue facing our region and the planet, and what we do to address it now will affect the lives of all generations to come. We are working to promote deep systemic change. We know that simply making the Northwest the most sustainable place on the planet isn’t enough. To address the climate change imperative, we need to seize opportunities and drive a massive transformation, pushing beyond the region’s comfort zone and even our own. To do so, we must be an even stronger organization. As the leading Northwest nonprofit in this sphere, we need to strengthen our infrastructure, grow our staff, build more powerful, diverse strategic partnerships, and greatly increase our organizational effectiveness to lead this transformational change.