By Tom Crawford, TCAT President Now that the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP) is completed and in the hands of each of the partner jurisdictions (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County), Thurston Climate Action Team has identified some specific actions contained in the TCMP it will work on and advocate for during 2021. I would like…

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How planting chestnut trees in Olympia can sequester carbon, increase food security, and foster community By Chris Nolte When we plant a tree, we invest in our community’s future. With ecological catastrophe on the horizon, we need to be thinking strategically about how to plant as many trees as possible, as quickly and efficiently as…

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By Samara Almonte In our last newsletter, Lynn Fitz-Hugh shared with our readers different options for lowering your emissions during the Holiday season, especially when it comes to gift-giving. Although she strongly suggested looking towards acts of service (following COVID-19 regulations of course) as gifts to reduce your carbon footprint, we understand that there may still be…

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By Tom Crawford, TCAT President At its November 5th meeting, the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan’s (TCMP’s) Steering Committee learned about public comments on the draft plan, and reviewed a draft agreement and scope of work for Phase 3 of the effort. Public input on the plan was very high, and very positive. The Steering Committee…

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 By Lynn Fitz-Hugh All of us are going to experience the holidays differently this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. From Thanksgiving, to Christmas and New Year’s, big family gatherings may be trimmed down or not happening at all.  There will be no office Holiday parties or even Christmas parties. Concerts and plays and other…

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By Pat Rasmussen Tumwater just issued a new State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination: MDNS (Mitigated Decision of Non-significance) approving the Site Plan for Puget Western at 2311 93rd Avenue SW, called Puget Western East Distribution Center. Puget Western would build a warehouse 65 acres in size, 50 feet tall, with 584 parking stalls for…

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By Lynn Fitz-Hugh | TCAT Community Engagement Director Most of us think of trees as sort of friendly ornamental objects. Unfortunately, we are not taught in school about all the very important things trees do for us: Storm water management by sucking up water and preventing flooding Air pollution reduction and removal Drawdown of greenhouse…

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Now is a great time to share your enthusiasm for our work with your networks! From October 31st to November 20th, TCAT is participating in a fundraising campaign called Give Local  and you can help by spreading the word! Copy, paste, and customize the templates below by editing the bolded words, and use them to…

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Representative Beth Doglio will be there to give her assessment of climate legislation during the 2018 legislative session. What we can expect. And what we can do to be effective.

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Join us February 9th at Traditions Fair Trade for an in-depth discussion of Olympia’s coming climate action plan. Presenters will be Rich Hoey, Olympia Public Works Director, and Tom Crawford, Thurston Climate Action Team board Vice Chair.

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