ByThurston County Stream Team Join us for an innovative community display of art reflecting climate awareness and solutions. In this inspiring exhibit, over 100 community members painted quilt squares to express how we can lower our collective carbon footprint. Quilts have been used as a way to share messaging and create change in America for…

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By Olympia Community Solar  Have you considered installing solar energy but held back due to costs or complications? Here’s some good news: Now through September 1, Thurston County residents and businesses can access solar at prices more than 25% below market rates, thanks to the solar group-purchasing program, Solarize Thurston. The program will support 50 Thurston County…

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TCAT has been working with the cities of Lacey, Tumwater, Olympia and the Thurston County Board of Commissioners on the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). During this time TCAT gathered almost 500 signatures in support of the TCMP and organized dozens of community members to send letters and provide public comment during city…

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By Frank Turner, Cleve Pinnix and Brian Hovis Our local governments have adopted the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). That was a heavy lift for the Thurston Climate Action Team, concerned citizens and elected officials. The harder part now begins as the plan is implemented. How will we know if compromises are made in the plan implementation? Luckily,…

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By Thad Curtz and Carrie Ziegler TCAT’s Transportation Action Group is working on a bumper sticker campaign to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Behavior change research shows that one of the best ways to get someone to make a change is to see a lot of other people already doing it. “Keeping up with the Joneses”…

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By Martin Bilbao | The Olympian | February 16th, 2020 Thurston County has adopted a interlocal climate mitigation plan that aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan in partnership with the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and…

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By Glen Anderson | February 2021 The March 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series (also watchable on your computer) helps us move ahead toward solving the climate crisis. It helps people of all ages understand why young people are so deeply concerned – and it informs us of some of the positive ways…

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By Samara Almonte, TCAT Digital Media Coordinator Science-fiction is an established genre in literature and media which many of us are probably familiar with. The exciting thing about art however, is that it is continuously evolving to reflect current events in society. In the recent years a new genere within sci-fi has emerged, called “climate-fiction”…

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By Kaylee Shen Hello everyone! My name is Kaylee Shen and I am the president of the Olympia High School Climate Action Club. This past year, we’ve gotten our club to have several mass-emailing sessions, testified at multiple city council meetings, and did everything we could to support the passing of the Thurston Climate Mitigation…

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By Barbara Scavezze  I was thrilled to watch the City Council meetings of Tumwater, Lacey, and Olympia as they each voted to accept the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). And on Tuesday, February 9th we expect the County to do the same. City Council members listened intently as community members spoke up for strong climate action at…

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