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Richard Conlin's Blog

The president of Seattle's City Council writes about the city's effort to become North America's first carbon neutral city.

Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible

Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible

Posted by Richard Conlin at Jul 25, 2012 04:25 PM |

The technology to achieve carbon neutrality exists, or could in the near future. What has to happen to put those capabilities in play?

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At the Crossroads of Climate and Food

At the Crossroads of Climate and Food

Posted by Richard Conlin at Mar 25, 2012 08:00 AM |

What role do cities have in promoting climate-friendly food?

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The Carbon-Neutral City

The Carbon-Neutral City

Posted by Richard Conlin at Nov 04, 2011 11:55 AM |

“Seattle becomes one of the first city governments in the world to declare that the goal of being carbon neutral is desirable, realistic, and attainable.”

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Can Households Help Create a Carbon Neutral City?

Can Households Help Create a Carbon Neutral City?

Posted by Richard Conlin at Oct 06, 2011 09:45 PM |

In Seattle’s quest for carbon neutrality, what role do personal actions play?

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Smart Transit By Choice

Smart Transit By Choice

Posted by Richard Conlin at Aug 05, 2011 04:00 PM |

Richard Conlin: Green urban travel shouldn’t be about guilt trips or prohibition, but about making the good choices easy.

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When Density Meets Community

When Density Meets Community

Posted by Richard Conlin at Apr 07, 2011 11:15 PM |

In Seattle, cutting carbon while increasing quality of life.

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Changing with the Climate

Changing with the Climate

Posted by Richard Conlin at Feb 07, 2011 03:30 PM |

In Seattle, how changes in policy help prepare for changes in climate.

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A Different City

A Different City

Posted by Richard Conlin at Jan 05, 2011 11:45 AM |

In Seattle, the coming decades will bring new challenges—from storms and rising seas to climate refugees. How will the city adapt?

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Strategies for Carbon Neutrality

Strategies for Carbon Neutrality

Posted by Richard Conlin at Dec 16, 2010 01:15 PM |

What are a city's options for cutting its carbon?

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Here to There: Transportation Planning in a Climate-Neutral City

Here to There: Transportation Planning in a Climate-Neutral City

Posted by Richard Conlin at Sep 15, 2010 12:30 PM |

Big transportation projects can contribute to sprawl and increase automobile use—or, they can promote biking, walking, and use of transit. Seattle is working to take the latter path.

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Waste Not: Seattle’s Road to Zero Trash

Waste Not: Seattle’s Road to Zero Trash

Posted by Richard Conlin at Aug 16, 2010 03:35 PM |

There’s simply no room for waste in a carbon neutral city. Seattle has a plan to cut its contribution to landfills—and it’s working.

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But What About Embedded Carbon?

But What About Embedded Carbon?

Posted by Richard Conlin at Jul 02, 2010 03:15 PM |

Yes, you create emissions when you burn gasoline, but what about the carbon emissions from making the car?

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Where Do Our Carbon Emissions Come From, Anyway?

Where Do Our Carbon Emissions Come From, Anyway?

Posted by Richard Conlin at Jun 15, 2010 04:45 PM |

Seattle is working to become America's first climate neutral city. But first, it has to figure out where its carbon comes from.

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Reflections on a Growing Local Food Movement

Reflections on a Growing Local Food Movement

Posted by Richard Conlin at May 27, 2010 03:35 PM |

The movement to transform our country’s food system is picking up steam—and the political environment has never been better.

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Reducing Carbon Emissions: Seattle Has Taken the Lead

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Seattle Has Taken the Lead

Posted by Richard Conlin at May 27, 2010 10:39 AM |

Looking back on 10 years of carbon reduction efforts in Seattle.

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On the Path to Climate Neutrality

On the Path to Climate Neutrality

Posted by Richard Conlin at Apr 22, 2010 09:05 AM |

Seattle hopes to become North America's first climate neutral city. City council president Richard Conlin asks: What exactly are we getting ourselves into?

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