Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions' mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides in the Pacific Northwest. Working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Climate Solutions is the region's leading advocate for smart, aggressive and practical policies addressing global warming.

Climate Solutions has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2002.

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Climate Solutions Grant history

2016

$15,000 - For communications training and support. Conservation policy

2014

$90,000 - A two-year grant to build the organization's capacity to protect Central Oregon's land and water resources. Conservation policy

2012

$90,000 - A two year grant to promote solutions-based climate policy in the region. Conservation policy

2011

$30,000 - To more deeply engage business partners and create shareable models for communications and engagement. Conservation policy

2010

$90,000 - To promote solutions-based climate policy in the region. Conservation policy

2009

$45,000 - To promote solutions-based climate policy in the region. Conservation policy

2008

$40,000 - To advance solutions to climate change. Conservation policy

2008

$45,000 - To promote solutions-based climate policy in the region. Conservation policy

2004

$2,000 - To fund a meeting of international scientists and environmentalists in February, 2004. Opportunity fund

Climate Solutions Successes

Giant oil train scheme—the last domino—falls

Giant oil train scheme—the last domino—falls

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced his rejection of the Vancouver Energy project, which was the last remaining undecided project of at least a dozen well-developed schemes planned for Northwest ports and refineries. All of the proposals stumbled and fell in the face of coordinated and intractable opposition in the Northwest—the Thin Green Line.

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Washington commission unanimously recommends denial of oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington

Washington commission unanimously recommends denial of oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington

The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, leaving the final decision to Governor Jay Inslee. Since the project was announced in 2013, Vancouver residents, Columbia River Tribes, business and faith leaders, health and safety professionals, 3 Washington cities, the state department of Natural Resources, and over 300,000 comments have urged denial of the project.

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Coal Export Terminal Permit Denied

Coal Export Terminal Permit Denied

The Washington Department of Ecology denied permits for the Millennium Bulk project, which would have shipped by rail and then vessel a staggering 44 million tons of coal per year to markets in Asia. The Washington DOE cited unavoidable harms in nine environmental areas that were identified in the project's formal review.

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Gateway abandons Cherry Point coal plans

Gateway abandons Cherry Point coal plans

Backers of the Gateway Pacific Terminal withdrew their applications to build a 48-million-ton-per-year coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington. This conclusive victory comes after the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged that the coal terminal would violate the Lummi Nation's treaty-protected fishing rights. The Brainerd Foundation has supported the work of Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council on this issue.

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Plans for Washington Coast crude oil export terminal derailed

Plans for Washington Coast crude oil export terminal derailed

The Supreme Court of Washington State has unanimously ruled that plans to locate a rail-fed crude oil export terminal at Hoquiam in Grays Harbor fall under the state's Ocean Resources Management Act. The decision will lead to a full environmental review and will temporarily, if not permanently, halt the project. Brainerd grantees Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council have worked hard with the Stand Up to Oil coalition on this issue.

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U.S. Army Corps rejects coal export permit to protect tribal fishing rights

U.S. Army Corps rejects coal export permit to protect tribal fishing rights

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied permits for the biggest proposed coal export terminal in North America, recognizing that the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of the Lummi Nation. This comes after a five-year struggle by the Lummi Nation, the Power Past Coal coalition, and other allies. Photo courtesy of Alex Garland and the Backbone Campaign.

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Oregon chooses a coal-free future

Oregon chooses a coal-free future

Oregon recently became the first state to pass legislation to transition off of coal-fired power, which currently makes up 30 percent of the state's energy mix. Thanks to the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill, Oregon will transition off of coal-fired power completely by 2030. Growth in clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar, will replace the coal that will be phased out, effectively doubling Oregon's renewable energy use by 2040 and making it one of the cleanest powered states.

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Washington community says no to 2 fossil fuel terminals

Washington community says no to 2 fossil fuel terminals

In Washington, the community of Longview and the Stand Up to Oil campaign defeated not one, but two, dangerous and dirty fossil fuel terminal proposals on the Columbia River on the same day. In a unanimous vote, Port of Longview commissioners rejected a proposal by Waterside Energy to build the first oil refinery on the west coast in 25 years. The commissioners also rejected Waterside’s plan for a propane export terminal. (Photo courtesy of Sightline.)

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