Perspectives on the Inflation Reduction Act

By: Robert Marino | TCAT’s Director of Green Infrastructure What is the Inflation Reduction Act? The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a bill that is estimated to help the US reduce carbon emissions by 40% over 2005 levels by 2030 and keep 24 tons of carbon emissions out of the air for every ton the…

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Update on TCAT and Implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

If you read our Good News Blast you know that we are making progress on seeing through the implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP) in addition to other recent climate wins. With all this recent movement we want to give you a quick overview and update on all these recent happenings. OlympiaThis month the City of Olympia…

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Good News Blast – Tree Protections, Green Buildings, and More

The Good News Bulletin There have been so many exciting local and statewide climate wins recently that we decided to pull together this one-time Good News Bulletin to share and celebrate all our collective efforts!  Urban Tree Protection Win in LaceyTCAT and the Tree Action Group, along with other tree activists across the county, are celebrating…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cleve Pinnix

Thurston Climate Action Team presents our first Volunteer Spotlight. We know and believe that our volunteers are the driving force behind our team. We are very lucky to have such amazing volunteers who not only give their time but also their expertise to TCAT daily. Our Community Engagement and Equity Coordinator Marisa sat down with one such amazing…

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Will We Kiss the Earth Goodbye

By: Patricia Holm | via the Olympian Letters to the Editor I attended a climate protest in late May organized by local young people. Many of us older people turned out to support the action of these young people who will be experiencing the worst of the climate crisis. This newspaper printed a picture of the…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Comes to Panorama

By: Cleve Pinnix | Thurston Climate Action Team EV Action Group The Panorama retirement community in Lacey, which is home to approximately 1,250 people including many of our TCAT community members, has taken a big step forward to encourage residents to transition to drive electric. Ten newly installed Level 2 (240V) charging stations for Electric Vehicles (EVs) are now located…

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Thurston Youth Climate Coalition Die-In at Olympia City Hall

By: Alice Grendon | TCAT Communications Coordinator On Tuesday May 24,th the Thurston Youth Climate Coalition (TYCC) took to the floor of Olympia City Council to demand greater urgency be placed on the implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). TYCC held a rally with speeches at Heritage Park followed by a march to City Hall. The youth then…

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Video Series About Sea Level Rise Flooding in Olympia

Are you concerned about Sea Level Rise in Olympia, and Thurston County at large? Did you see the flooding of Capitol Lake this January? The City of Olympia recently published a new tool created by local Visual Storyteller, Bill Lange, to help residents and get a deeper understanding of Sea Level Rise locally. The Olympia Sea Level Rise Collaborative…

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Global Youth Climate Strike Here in Thurston County 

On Friday March 25th at 12 noon, a crowd of students from schools throughout county gathered at Capitol Lake alongside supporters and marched to Olympia City Hall. The Thurston County students held their strike as part of a Global Youth Strike and Day of Action, in association with the Fridays for the Future Campaign. The march was…

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Thank you Nisqually Charitable Program

Thank you to the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Charitable Program for awarding TCAT with a grant of $5,000. The funds awarded will be used for the following: To collaborate with partners in the preservation and planting of trees in Thurston County, assessing where trees need to be saved and where they need to be planted, To engage the public in contacting their…

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