Need to comply with Seattle’s energy benchmarking law for buildings? Attend a free workshop on next Wednesday (2/6) from 9am – 12pm. Buildings larger than 20K SF are due April 1st. Details at www.seattle.gov/energybenchmarking
Archives for January 2013
A special meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee – focused on some of the energy recommendations for the Seattle Climate Action Plan.
6 – 8 pm, Yesler Community Center
917 E. Yesler Way
Brian Geller, 2030 District
Aaron Fairchild, Green Canopy Homes
Michael Woo, Got Green
Christie Baumel, Office of Sustainability & Environment
Learn how to bring your nonresidential and multifamily buildings into compliance with Seattle’s energy use reporting ordinance. All buildings larger than 20,000 square feet are due to report their 2012 energy use before April 1, 2013. Free workshops are offered at Mary Gates Hall on the University of Washington Campus. Visit the links for details and registration:
Learn more about the program and how to comply by visiting www.seattle.gov/energybenchmarking or call 206-727-8484.
From the Union of Concerned Scientists Website:
WASHINGTON (January 11, 2013) – The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released its draft National Climate Assessment today, just a week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the United States experienced its warmest year on record.
The report is the flagship climate change assessment for the United States, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
“This could help restart a national conversation about climate change,” said Todd Sanford, a UCS climate scientist. “It gives us a road map for climate change. And the road is much bumpier if we continue along a higher emissions pathway.”
While the report is in draft form and will not be finalized for months, it integrates developments in climate science since the agency’s last report in 2009. The impacts of climate change – including increasingly high temperatures and rising sea levels — are more apparent and extreme impacts are becoming more likely as global emissions rise. At the same time, scientists have been able to more definitively link climate change to human activities and have found that human-induced climate change is causing some weather extremes to worsen. The draft assessment includes a number of new scenarios and maps that examine the consequences of a warming climate for various regions, including increased heat and shifting precipitation.
Scientists continue to study the effects of climate change on specific sectors, such as agriculture and water management, and are producing assessments designed to help policymakers understand their options in the context of other factors, such as economic development and differing needs for rural and urban communities.
“Climate change is already affecting us and there’s a growing demand at the local level for information about what it means for our present and our future,” Sanford said. “The climate conversation always starts with science. Because policymakers have generally supported policies that increase emissions, successfully adapting to climate change is becoming more difficult.”
By law, the USGCRP conducts a national assessment every four years for Congress and the president. The USGCRP is comprised of 13 federal agencies and its reports are based on the work of more than 200 scientists. The draft national climate assessment is written by a federal advisory committee that includes scientists and other academic professionals, government officials and representatives from the business and non-profit sectors. The USGCRP will host at least eight town halls in the coming months to gather feedback for its final report.
More information about the national climate assessment is available online.
A final assessment is expected to be released in 2014. Around the same time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its fifth assessment report of global climate change through the United Nations.
If you were of fan of School House Rock, check out this incredibly catchy video that celebrates what’s great about our community but also reminds us there is so much more we can do to BE GREEN. (Including providing feedback to the Seattle Climate Action Plan). OSE collaborated with Seattle’s own Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants; The Presidents of the United States of America) to create a video that’s sure to make you smile and get stuck in your head.
Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean of the UW School of Public Health and a member of the Seattle Green Ribbon Commission wrote an opinion piece that ran in the Seattle Times – making clear the connection between public health and climate change – as well as what we can do about it in Washington State.
Climate change poses a public-health threat (link to Seattle Times website).
Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions and Climate Solutions invite you to participate in a climate communications workshop at the next meeting of the Garrison Institute Northwest Climate, Mind & Behavior (CMB) Hub on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 12 p.m. at GGLO Space at the Steps.
The workshop will be led by KC Golden of Climate Solutions and Kathy Washienko of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions. Each attendee will receive a user-friendly guide for talking about climate change and clean energy. The guide is based on extensive research, a national public opinion survey, and consultations with numerous climate communication experts. It includes a winning narrative on climate and clean energy and provides a simple messaging triangle that can be adapted for various audiences. A more in-depth training will be scheduled later in the Spring for those who are interested.
Please RSVP by emailing AdamM@GarrisonInstitute.org.
12:10-1:30 NW CMB News Brief and Strategy Discussion
1:30-2:00 Discussion & Next Steps (optional)
For questions, please contact:
Meeting Location – Alicia Uhlig, GGLO, AUhlig@gglo.com
Have you thought about Building Operator Certification? BOC graduates can save their organizations over $20,000 in annual utility expenses through energy conservation.
Find out about the BOC program at a FREE informational webcast on Thursday, February 7, from 8:30-9:30 am (Pacific time). You can participate from your own desk. All you need is a desktop browser and a telephone.
The presentation includes:
- Who benefits by attending BOC training
- Level I and Level II course topics, schedules and certification requirements
- How BOC graduates are improving their facilities
Register for the event here.