Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is a local non-profit dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County by encouraging action, coordinating action and taking action on climate change.
The global climate breakdown we are currently experiencing is caused by the greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by human activity. In order to reduce our local emissions, we must understand the rate at which we’re producing these pollutants. Identifying the volume and origins of emissions (for example the cars we drive, or the way we heat our homes), informs us to take the most effective action to reduce our impact.
Since 2013, Thurston Climate Action Team has been tracking the greenhouse gas emissions generated within Thurston County. TCAT’s first report, published in 2013, detailed the emissions for calendar year 2010. Since then, we have calculated and tracked emissions annually from 2010-2016. A new report describing those emissions is now available on our website. The report illustrates that the rate of emissions has stayed constant, and the GHGs we generate are not declining. It also details how many tons of GHGs come from transportation, building energy, wastewater, solid waste and agricultural livestock. The cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, along with Thurston County, are now using these numbers to implement a regional plan for reducing local GHG emissions.
You can go here to read or download the report.
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is currently recruiting for three positions on its volunteer Board of Directors. The TCAT board comprises leaders from local government, higher education, health care, financial services, and consulting who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Serving on the Thurston Climate Action Team’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about protecting our region from the worst effects of climate change while promoting clean energy and other solutions which contribute to the vibrancy and health of our communities.
If you are interested in helping the Board continue its leadership on climate action in Thurston County, submit a cover letter and one-page summary of your relevant experience and education to Tom Crawford, Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received by August 31, 2018.
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This video highlights the diverse efforts of Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) and the Thurston County community to tackle climate change. Focusing on the importance of bringing diverse groups together, this video highlights TCAT’s work with local government, tribes, other non-profits and the general community to reduce the Thurston region’s carbon footprint. Contact Barb Scavezze at email@example.com or Tom Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about TCAT’s current efforts and for volunteer opportunities.
The Cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey have committed to developing a regional climate action plan. The Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign is encouraging local governments in Thurston County to adopt very strong, bold, and effective policies and investments to significantly reduce GHG emissions which result from activities of city residents and businesses. We are doing this by working with the Cities on funding and developing their Climate Action Plan, and by helping local residents make their voices heard on this issue.
With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and the failure of state government to act on needed climate initiatives, it has become increasingly clear that local communities are called on to make much more progress. Improving communication, coordination and collaboration among local groups working on climate change and related issues is the goal of a new project the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is launching this spring. The project is funded by a two-year foundation grant.