Posts for 'Carbon Neutrality'

CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 9: ADAPTATION — TO WHAT?

January 24th, 2011

The City Council’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality will take many years – and we are leading the world in making this commitment and trying to figure out how to get there.  At the current rate, it will be a long time before we have a coordinated national strategy, and progress towards an international agreement […]

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STRATEGIC APPROACHES FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

December 20th, 2010

Moving from a carbon based economy to a carbon neutral economy requires a sophisticated array of strategies.  There is no magic bullet – no single simple solution – that will get us there, and every approach has limitations.  There are a variety of ways to characterize the types of strategies – I will try to […]

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GETTING TO CARBON NEUTRALITY: EMBEDDED CARBON

September 16th, 2010

We cannot create an authentic carbon neutrality policy without dealing with the esoteric sounding issue of “embedded carbon”. You can easily identify the carbon that results from driving a car or running a coal-fired power plant, but to really reduce your emissions, you have to dig deeper.

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CLIMATE NEUTRALITY: EVALUATING BIG TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

September 15th, 2010

One of the most formidable challenges in climate policy is to design a transportation system  that minimizes the consumption of carbon.  That challenge is compounded when regional and state leaders are the final arbiters of major capital-intensive projects, and the City’s role is to influence and guide rather than make the final decision. It’s easy […]

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Seattle Commits to Sustainable Future: Plans Carbon Neutrality Goal

April 8th, 2010

On Monday, February 22, the Seattle City Council announced that a Carbon Neutral Seattle was one of our 2010 priorities. We knew this was about as ambitious a goal as you could imagine. But we also knew that reality demands no less.

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