Look here to find local businesses and organizations that are working to address
climate change and global warming.
Climate Impacts Group
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
John M. Wallace Hall, Washington University
Seattle, WA 98195-5672
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) has cultivated close connections with the public, private, and
North American tribal groups and agencies responsible for managing the region’s water, forest,
fishery, and coastal resources. These relationships are essential to ensure that our research
efforts result in information and products that are not only useful, but also used to shape
decisions in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).
US Fish and Wildlife Service
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Climate Friendly Farming
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98264
Agriculture affects the condition of the environment in many ways, including impacts on global warming through
the production of greenhouse gases (Robertson et al., 2000). While agriculture represents a small but relevant
source of greenhouse gas emissions, it has the potential, with new practices, to also act as a sink, tying up
or sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere in the form of soil carbon (Willson et al., 2001; Lal, 1999). Thus,
agricultural systems can be manipulated for the dual benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing
carbon sequestration. This 5-year project will focus on dairy production, irrigated crop farming, and dryland
grain farming, three farming systems of importance for Washington State and the world. The project goals are as
• assess the current situation regarding the global warming contribution of three farm systems;
• develop strategies for changing the systems to maximize global warming mitigation; and
• evaluate the actual and potential mitigation through demonstration sites and computer modeling.
The project approaches will include technology research and development, socioeconomic analysis and systems
modeling, on-farm implementation of demonstrations, and educational outreach. Key project tasks will include
development of an improved anaerobic digester for treating dairy waste, development of whole farm nutrient
management strategies and an associated decision support system for dairy farms, integration of reduced tillage
and residue management to increase soil carbon storage, irrigation water management to improve N cycling, and
outreach and education. Expected impacts of the project include the documentation of new technology, farm
practices, and systems that can mitigate multiple environmental problems and lead to measurable improvements
in greenhouse gas storage, water use, and nutrient cycling on farms.
Climate Change Education Project
The Climate Change Education Project is a new organization devoted to educating people on the future
effects of global warming on human society and lives. We believe that you need educate people directly
about the realities which are scary and alarming. We think this is critical in order to generate the
political will to put in place the carbon regulations necessary to adequately address the problem.
Talking about opportunities and possibilities is fine, but there’s little sign so far that that will
be motivating enough for people to change their lifestyles and make the investments necessary.
Personally, we wake up in the morning and work on climate change because we’re scared of what the
future will bring for our children, not because of the opportunities it presents. We think that same
understanding of the future needs to be communicated broadly.
Northwest Earth Institute
The Northwest Earth Institute is recognized as a national leader in the development of innovative programs
that empower individuals and organizations to transform culture toward a sustainable and enriching future.
Today, NWEI offers seven study guides for small groups. These self-guided discussion courses are offered in
workplaces, universities, homes, faith centers, neighborhoods, and community centers throughout North America.
Each program encourages participants to explore values, attitudes, and actions through discussion with other
Courses include (but not limited to):
• Global Warming: Changing CO2urse
• Choices for Sustainable Living
• Menu for the Future
• Voluntary Simplicity--Just Revised!!
• Healthy Children-Healthy Planet
• Discovering a Sense of Place
• Exploring Deep Ecology
BUF has already run four of NWEI's courses and plans to offer more next year.