Thurston Regional Planning Council Releases Greenhouse Gas Inventory

We are excited to announce that the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) has completed their first ever Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory for the county. TCAT was integrally involved in this work, and we are thankful to have this data to guide our work with the jurisdictions in making reductions. Below is the executive summary…

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Big Win for Healthy Homes and Clean Codes: Thank you for championing a healthier future!

We want to take a moment to celebrate! On Friday November 4th, the State Building Code Council voted to adopt new statewide residential building codes that will drive the transition to safe and healthy homes that run on low-cost, 100% clean electricity instead of methane gas — a climate super-polluter that also harms health. The state’s action to require heat pumps for space…

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Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Part 2: What’s in it for local governments and consumers?

By: Robert Marino | TCAT Director of Clean Energy and Infrastructure Earlier this year I wrote a broad overview about the IRA. This piece goes deeper into the IRA specifics: what dollar amounts you might  expect to save if you did an energy efficiency project on your home or bought an electric vehicle. Let me remind you…

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What is and What if…A Visioning and Art Workshop in the Forest

By Carrie Ziegler | Lead Artist and Community Engagement Extraordinaire for Thurston Climate Action Team Recently, we took our Climate Art in Action work offline, out of buildings, and into nature. While soaking in the forest of Squaxin Park, roots extending below us and trees rising high above, we made deeper commitments to creative climate action and decolonization. …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alyssa Jones-Wood

Thurston Climate Action Teams Volunteer Spotlight this month goes to Alyssa Jones Wood. Marisa, TCAT’s Equity and Outreach Program Manager, sat down with Alyssa to get to know her a little better.  Alyssa is the Sustainability Coordinator (Water Resources and Sustainability department) for the city of Tumwater. She is originally from Vero Beach, Florida and that…

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The TCAT Statement on the Murder of Timothy Green

The Thurston Climate Action Team releases the following statement in response to the recent death of Timothy Green: The recent incident where Timothy Green was fatally shot by the Olympia Police reminds us of all the work that needs to be done. TCAT doubles down on our efforts for equity in the work we do as…

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Nisqually Tribe Takes on Solar

On September 8 the Nisqually Tribe’s Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation (MCEC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Nisqually Market Solar Project.  The project includes 146 solar panels across the market shops, convenience storefront, and gas carport. The building is located across from the Red Wind Casino on Yelm Highway.  Olympia Community Solar (OCS) organized the…

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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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