Climate Solutions 


For over fifteen years, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through our programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional, and national action on climate and clean energy.

Mission Statement
Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides.
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Climate Solutions
1402 3rd Ave Ste 1305 
(206) 443-9570 

Gregg Small 
Executive Director 


Climate Solutions Programs


WEST COAST CLIMATE CAMPAIGN: Working with our partners across the region to put in place policies that will open up an unprecedented market for cleaner energy and fuels, accelerate investment in low-carbon infrastructure, and make sure the Northwest is a leader in an equitable, sustainable, vibrant future. This campaign includes two state-specific campaigns:
  • ALLIANCE FOR JOBS AND CLEAN ENERGY: Advancing policies for clean energy, carbon pricing, and clean fuels in Washington State
  • RENEW OREGON: Promoting policies for clean fuels, the transition from coal to clean energy, and polluter accountability in Oregon
  • NEW ENERGY CITIES: Partnering with small- and medium-sized communities to achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions by 2030
  • SUSTAINABLE ADVANCED FUELS: Accelerating low-carbon alternatives to petroleum fuels in the Northwest
  • SOLUTIONS STORIES: Capturing and communicating the stories of Northwest innovators working to make the clean energy economy real 

  • BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM: Facilitating business engagement for strong climate and clean energy policy across the Northwest
  • POWER PAST COAL: Waging an effective and powerful campaign to halt efforts to turn the West Coast into a gateway for exporting coal. Now in its fifth year, the campaign continues to chalk up successes; plans for four out of six proposed terminals have been pulled, shelved, or have had a permit denied
  • STAND UP TO OIL: Opposing with a collective voice industry efforts to turn our region into a fossil fuel highway, supporting efforts to make existing transport safer, and working to hasten our transition to clean energy

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Climate Solutions is now working toward the most ambitious set of goals that we have had in our organizational history, and with good reason. Although the challenge of climate change is becoming increasingly serious and dire, opportunities for making progress along the West Coast have never been more achievable. Our top goals are:

  1. Win landmark climate policies in Washington and Oregon to create a West Coast climate leadership bloc stretching from California to British Columbia that result in substantial emission reductions – limiting climate pollution, decarbonizing the main energy sectors with coal-to-clean-energy commitments, and establishing a clean fuel standard

  2. Create replicable models of how to reduce carbon that demonstrate the pathways to a low-carbon future and bring along key constituencies to achieve the West Coast climate leadership strategy to substantially reduce emissions

  3. Stop all coal export and oil terminal proposals in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia and harness the energy of the coal and oil campaigns to support the West Coast climate leadership strategy
Climate Solutions and our partners are successfully opposing the expansion of coal export terminals. Out of six coal terminal proposals in Washington and Oregon, three have been shelved and one was outright denied. Climate Solutions and our allies are building on this success as we continue to oppose the remaining proposals in the region.

The West Coast region, spanning from California to British Columbia, stands as the world’s fifth largest economy. We have the opportunity to enact the most ambitious set of aligned climate responses in North America. We are bringing together leaders from business, labor, communities of color, faith, environmental, health, and other constituencies dedicated to strengthening our economy by addressing climate change. Together, we can cut pollution while creating models for other states and regions to replicate–spurring national and international action. 


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.

Proven Success
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.

Financial Health
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.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/21/2015 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2013 $12,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $17,500.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2009 $35,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/18/2007 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.


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