Tag Archives: Seattle

Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

The ECOreport looks at the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s progress in their joint target of making 10% of all vehicle purchases electric. How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative doing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

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World’s Longest Floating Bridge Opens To Foot Traffic

The ECOreport looks at possibly Washington state’s largest and greenest transportation investment. The world’s longest floating bridge opens to foot traffic.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSeattle’s new bridge is  being heralded as the largest and greenest transportation investment in Washington state’s history. Governor Jay Inslee cut the ribbon. More than 12,000 people participated in a 10K run/walk from Husky Stadium to the 1.5-mile-long structure and back. Then 7,000 bicyclists closed the opening celebration with a 20-mile “Emerald City Bike Ride” across the bridge and through car-free downtown Seattle streets. The World’s longest floating bridge opens to foot traffic.

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Seeing Seattle through Streetfilms.org

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Seeing Seattle through Streetfilms.org can mean bicycling to work with the city’s former mayor, taking a streetcar, light rail or using a pedestrian activated crosswalk that is foot activated.

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Exploring Washington’s Polluted Waterways with the EPA

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to Washington’s Department of Ecology, a third of that state’s “waters are too polluted to meet state water quality standards. More than 60 percent of water pollution comes from things like cars leaking oil, fertilizers and pesticides from farms and gardens, failing septic tanks, pet waste and fuel spills from recreational boaters.” An online tool called “How’s your Waterway?” enabled me to go exploring Washington’s polluted waterways with the EPA.

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Towards a Wood Based Aviation Biofuel

The Northwest Wood-based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference:   Towards a Wood Based Aviation Biofuel April 28-30, 2014,  in Seattle

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough production of jet fuel from wood feedstock is a new industry, cellulosic sources are expected to produce 16 billion gallons a year by 2022. America’s military and the airline industry have both set renewable fuel targets. Researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel are making assessments of the economic, social and environmental feasibility. An integrated refinery capable of producing 250,000 gallons a year, is being built at Boardman, Oregon. On April 28-30, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Washington State University Extention (WSU) are bringing stakeholders from four states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) and BC together for a three day conference in Seattle.

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Senior Housing & the Seawall Construction Markets will both Double by 2023

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMNew Construction techniques and material will help double the market for two key building sectors in the next decade: rising sea levels and an aging population.
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Nika: A Gift of Clean Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This started out as a “green tip” advising people against purchasing bottled water.  Then, in the midst of gleaning items from the web, I came across Nika’s website.  Nika is a Zulu word meaning “to give” and also the name of a La Jolla based bottled water company that is probably more ministry than business.

“We donate 100% of our profits back to the cause, “ the General Manager,  Jordan Mellul, told me.