Climate Solutions is a recognized leader - locally, regionally and nationally - in engaging individuals and organizations on the issue of climate change and solutions to the issue, from all sides of the political spectrum and with a broad constituent base. Climate Solutions has been key in generating fresh political momentum for energy and transportation solutions that benefit the region’s economy and quality of life.
Climate Solutions’ mission supports creating models that can be replicated throughout the world. Sustainable Aviation Fuels was a project that was managed by Climate Solutions in Seattle in partnership with Boeing, Alaska Airlines, the Portland, Spokane, and Seattle/Tacoma International Airports and Western Washington University to make our region the first to fuel airports with significant quantities of regionally produced biofuels. Climate Solutions has been sought out to replicate this work in regions outside the United States, providing potential additional earned income and increasing the reach of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program’s impact.
Leading the Power Past Coal coalition, Climate Solutions and their partners have made huge strides in stopping the expansion of coal exports from the West Coast to Asia. While one potential coal terminal planned for Grays Harbor has been eliminated there are still 5 proposed terminals in various stages of review. The Power Past Coal coalition has been successful in raising awareness in local communities that has resulted in engaged individuals that voice their opinion at city council meetings where the scope of review for these projects is being determined.
Climate Solutions involves non-traditional groups in the clean-energy economy movement. They are building sustained and focused support from the Northwest business community for strong climate action. Their Business Partnership Program, which brings together executives, entrepreneurs and investors from around the Northwest to make the case for strong climate policy and a strong clean-energy economy, now has around 1100 members, and is available for meetings with legislators, op-eds, and other activities to support relevant campaigns. The organization is engaged in numerous other partnerships, including Power Past Coal, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest and Priorities for a Health Washington.
Climate Solutions is in good financial health, partially due to successful Annual Breakfasts in May 2011 (featuring a rare conversation with Bill Gates) and June 2012 (with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson). Both of these events surpassed revenue goals, garnering matching and stretch gifts from current donors, and attracted donations from a large number of new donors to Climate Solutions. They will be leveraging these relationships to grow the amount of general support dollars they are raising from individuals. Much needed general operating funds would support critical functions such as financial management, information technology, resource development and communications, in addition to other key aspects of internal organizational capacity.
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