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Our fiscal sponsors are Power Trip Energy Corp, Port Townsend Paper CorpSunshine PropaneAlaska Power & Telephone Co,  Huber’s Inn,  Frederickson Electric, The Port of Port Townsend, Friends of Energy Lunch and our two newest sponsors: Ravenna Capital Management and Washington State Department of Commerce.

When you patronize these businesses, please thank them for their support!

The Jefferson County Energy Lunch series invites energy experts to present to our interested citizens, business leaders, government officials, and energy professionals.

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The monthly Energy Lunch programs, held every third Thursday at the Port Townsend Yacht Club (2503 Washington Street at the Boat Haven), are aimed at increasing awareness of how energy, energy technology and energy policy affect life and business in Jefferson County.

Participants are welcome to bring their lunch and arrive at noon to join an informal conversation with local energy professionals. Programs begin at 12:30 p.m. and are followed by a Q&A session, which typically wraps up around 1:30 p.m. A workshop and panel discussion further exploring the speaker’s topic usually follows from 2-3 p.m.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAM:

Resilience Review Column – King Tides or Crystal Ball?

Local 20/20 has a monthly column in the Port Townsend Leader titled “Resilience Review”. (Thank you, PT Leader!) Copied below is the August column, as submitted, about king tides and sea level rise. King Tide or Crystal Ball? By Dave Wilkinson One of the joys of living in a coastal community is to simply watch the water as it is constantly changing, driven by our place and time in the solar system, continuously evolving weather systems, and the complexity of the coastline itself. A special treat – and sometimes hazard – is the King Tide, occurring multiple times throughout theContinue Reading

Resilience Review Column – Emergency Preparedness and All County Picnic on 8/20

Did you know Local 20/20 has a monthly column in the Port Townsend Leader? (Thank you, PT Leader!) This was done previously, and we recently restarted this. The July column (text copied below) was all about Emergency Preparedness, and of course, the upcoming All County Picnic on August 20, 11-4, at HJ Carroll Park. Get prepared at All County Picnic, Sunday, August 20, H.J. Carroll Park, Chimacum By Danille Turissini As much of the country seems to be focused on the turmoil in the other Washington, I find myself most concerned about what is happening right here in our littleContinue Reading

Local 20/20’s Comments on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

The Peninsula Daily News kindly asked Local 20/20 what our comments were regarding the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and the published a nice article on local responses on Sunday here. Below is our full response. Local 20/20, a Jefferson County-based organization focused on local sustainability and resiliency is appalled by Donald Trump’s action to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. The impacts of climate change are becoming ever more obvious in the Pacific Northwest, with warmer temperatures, drier summers, reduced snowpack, and a more acidic ocean (from Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North OlympicContinue Reading

All County Picnic – Sunday August 20, 2017

Add to your calendar! The 2017 All County Picnic is just around the corner!  Please help us spread the word.    We hope to see you and your neighbors there!  Sunday, Aug 20, 11-4, HJ Carroll Park. Last updated:Saturday, April 29, 2017

May 1 – May Day Bike Festival

Gather at the Cotton Building to support bicycling and walking! Kick-off the start of Bike Month with League of American Bicyclists (LAB) national board member & representative, Steve Durrant Celebrate Port Townsend’s Silver Award as a Bicycle-Friendly City!   Schedule of May 1st Bike Festival Activities 1:00 – 2:30 pm Town Ride to tour some of our bicycling and walking facilities, trails & marvelous setting 4:00 – 6:15 pm Late Afternoon Social for LAB rep and PT bicycle & pedestrian community, includes meet & greet, official welcome at 5:15 pm by David Engle; bike-ped displays, bicycle demos, free refreshments. 6:30Continue Reading

People’s Climate March – April 29

Come join others from across the Olympic Peninsula to take to the streets for a safe climate, justice for all, and a prosperous clean-energy economy. We’ll be joining a huge march in Washington, D.C. and dozens of sister marches around the world to send a message of resolve on climate, jobs and justice.  The march kicks off at 3 pm at the Port Angeles City Pier. After walking through downtown Port Angeles, the march will end back at the pier at approximately 4 pm, and speakers from across the peninsula will speak about climate impacts, actions and opportunities on theContinue Reading

Tomorrow (the film) — at the Rose 4/28-5/4

Here, finally, is some good news about what is going RIGHT with the world! TOMORROW is a beautifully filmed documentary presenting concrete, down-to-earth solutions for sustainable living and community resilience. Showcased are programs being implemented around the world by people making a difference in their own communities. Their stories make “Tomorrow” one of the most essential and inspirational viewing experiences of our time. This movie premiered at the Paris Climate talks in 2015 and has been shown all across Europe to standing ovations. Now available in the US, it opens on April 21st at the Rose Theatre concurrent with premieresContinue Reading

April 22: Celebrate Science and Earth Day (and Bigfoot?!) in Jefferson County

Come join us as we Celebrate Science and Earth Day (and Bigfoot?!) in Jefferson County! We will check in with the many of the Taming Bigfoot Carbon Footprint Reduction participants to see how their footprints are one year later, and will provide general updates for all on the state of climate science as it applies to Jefferson County. We will also share information and ideas on climate activities and adaptation happening locally. Brought to you by Local 20/20’s Climate Outreach group. April 22, 3 – 5 pm, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave. Free. Contact cindy@l2020.org for moreContinue Reading

Energy Lunch: First Local Green Fuel Use Can Be in New Low-Cost 26 kW Gensets

Thursday March 16th, 2017, 12:30 PM at Port Townsend Yacht Club in the Boat Haven, 2503 Washington Street. It’s been nearly six years since Ted Hollinger of Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) opened many eyes in Jefferson County to the potential for local use of hydrogen, ammonia and other alternative green fuels in power generation, transportation and heating. Mr. Hollinger’s June 2011 Key Speaker presentation on “Planning for the Transition to Green Ammonia Fuels in Jefferson County” got the ball rolling for local investigations of carbon-free hydrogen and ammonia fuels that lead directly to the consideration of the use of localContinue Reading

Reaching Blue Film Showing – March 17

REACHING BLUE, a film about Climate Change in the Salish Sea, will be shown on Friday March 17th, 6:30 pm, at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, at 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend. Local 20/20 is one of the many co-sponsors of the film. There will be a Q&A discussion with filmmaker and former Port Townsend resident Ian Hinkle. A reception at 8:00 PM will offer local oysters, smoked salmon, cheese, cider and other treats provided by some of our 15 co-sponsors. There will also be information tables from some of the supporting organizations, including Local 20/20. Stop by! TicketsContinue Reading

Carsharing in Jefferson County using District EVs – A Local Energy Opportunity

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 12 PM  – 2 PM Port Townsend Yacht Club in the Boat Haven LEO Presenter and Public Discussion Facilitator: Perry Spring, Energy Systems and Efficiency Professional Opportunities for developing profitable, unsubsidized new energy systems and businesses in Jefferson County have been under consideration for more than a year both by the members of the Jefferson County Energy LLC (now being formed) and by the directors of CountyEnergy.US who organized and ran the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program from 2010 through 2015. This development work is the logical extension of the regular bi-annual Energy Lunch reportingContinue Reading

Energy Lunch: “Assessing Local Energy Values: The Bainbridge Public Power Campaign”

Key Speakers this month: Jane Lindley & Steve Johnson from Bainbridge Island’s Island Power Location: The Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street in the Boat Haven Date: Thursday, January 19th Schedule: 12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Key Speaker Presentation including Q&A 1:30-2 pm continuation of the general discussion Energy Lunch Key Speakers this month are Bainbridge residents Jane Lindley and Steve Johnson, Co-Founders of Island Power in Bainbridge WA, the group that is leading the present political campaign for public power in the City of Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island).  Ms. Lindley authors her own webContinue Reading

PERSPECTIVE: What Can We Control? All Things Local

Here is a Perspective Piece from the Port Townsend Leader that Larry Dennison and Cindy Jayne wrote on behalf of Local 20/20, highlighting the reasons for focusing on local issues in the new year. Last updated:Thursday, January 5, 2017

Benefits of Public Power from Local Transportation Electrification

JJ McCoy,Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition, Seattle WA Thursday December 15th at 12:30 PM, Port Townsend Yacht Club Our focus this month will be on the benefits derived by our public power utility from using all (100%) of this locally collected solar energy to replace fossil fuels that are used in cars, trucks buses and boats in new electric vehicles or vessels (EVs) that provide the same local transportation needs. There is no burden on the utility to purchase this solar power and utility power is used to “fill-in” the daily and seasonal intermittency of the sun.   WhileContinue Reading

Climate Change Class – An Overview from Planet to Port Townsend – Starts Dec 3rd

Climate change mitigation (reducing greenhouse gases) and adaptation (preparing for climate impacts) are some of the most complex issues we’ve faced as a society. Learn more about both the global and local aspects through a 6-session course in Port Townsend, this December and January (One Saturday, 1-4pm, Dec. 3, AND 5 Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Dec. 6 & 13, Jan. 3, 10 & 17). This course is part of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Adult Learning Program, in collaboration with Local 20/20.  The class will be taught by Laura Tucker (Laura has worked in science education her entire career, and was trainedContinue Reading

King Tide Viewing Party Nov 18th Port Townsend

  Each winter, king tides—the highest tides of the year—offer a spectacular shoreside show and a sneak preview of what rising sea levels will mean in years to come. Join Washington Sea Grant, along with the Jefferson Marine Resource Committee and Local 20/20,  for Port Townsend’s first King Tide Viewing Party, presented with support from the Washington Department of Ecology. Free snacks and hot beverages will take the edge off the chill, and coastal experts will explain the science of these jumbo tides. Bring your camera and post your king tide photos on the King Tide Project’s online  gallery. What:Continue Reading

November 17th, 2016, Continued Solarization of Jefferson County: How WA-made Itek Can Help”

Jesse Wear, Regional Sales Manager, Itek Energy, Bellingham, WA   Thursday, November 17th at 12:30 PM, Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend     This month’s Energy Lunch programming takes a closer look at developing the sun (or solar) part of the SW2 Energy in Jefferson County. More specifically we will continue our discussion from last month about larger community-based solar energy projects of 50 to 150 kW capacity or more. Taking this local development of solar energy to these higher, community-funded levels of power is a significant next step in the transition to local energy andContinue Reading

October 20th, 2016: Bonneville Environmental Foundation “Developing Community-Based Renewable Energy in Jefferson County”

Thursday October 20th at 12:30, Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend. Dick Wanderscheid, Vice President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Portland Oregon In recent months the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program has moved from outside direction and large amounts of volunteer support to a primary energy program of a new local for-profit energy development organization, the Jefferson County Energy LLC, or “ELLC”. Being built by longtime backers of Energy Lunch programming, the new ELLC organization is pursuing local energy development activities in solar energy, wind energy, EV use, ammonia (NH3) fuels, and public works in energy as well asContinue Reading

September 15, 2016: Road Map to 100% Renewable Energy in Jefferson County

Thursday, Sept 15th at 12:30 PM,  Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend WA Energy Technology [ET] or tools for working with energy is frequently the focus of Energy Lunch programming: ET for electric power, ET for green fuels, ET for energy storage, and more. ET will be addressed again in September but, this time with an additional feature: how some of these new tools might fit with each other and work together in moving towards 100% local renewables. In April last year, Dr. Jacob Leachman dazzled Energy Lunch attendees with his presentation on the use of hydrogenContinue Reading

August 18th, 2016: Public Power Operations in Jefferson County: A Special Forum

Thursday, August 18th at 12:30 PM Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend Rather than outside energy experts this month’s Energy Lunch program will feature two key speakers on public power each of who is currently a candidate for Commissioner of the Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD).  Each has been among the group of local energy enthusiasts that have made the Energy Lunch operate all these many months and years. The existence of public power in Jefferson County is particularly important to energy policy, planning and development because it affects or enables most if not all localContinue Reading

X Prize $2000

  Local 20/20 is proud to be sponsoring X PRIZE $2000, a competition between teams of students at Port Townsend High School. Students who opt to participate will work with a team on a project intended to promote some aspect of community resilience – something supportive of Local 20/20’s mission statement: Working together toward local sustainability and resilience – integrating ecology, economy and community through action and education. Winners will be decided by a panel of local judges. The top two teams selected will each win half of the $2000 prize. If this program is a success, the hope isContinue Reading

Time to Choose – Extended June 24 – 30th!

Due to the very large turnout for the screening of TIME TO CHOOSE last week, The Rose Theatre has kindly brought the movie back for one week only. The provocative and hard-hitting film by Academy Award®-winning documentary director, Charles Ferguson (Inside Job; No End In Sight) that addresses worldwide climate change challenges and solutions.  Narrated by Oscar Isaac, the documentary takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better. Its scope is truly global, with footage and interviews from five continents. The film’s investigation of the true costs ofContinue Reading

Global Temperature Increase Graphic

Check out this interesting graphical way of displaying temperature changes since 1850: https://twitter.com/ed_hawkins/status/729753441459945474   Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation) https://t.co/YETC5HkmTr pic.twitter.com/Ypci717AHq — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016 Last updated:Monday, May 16, 2016

Sonic Sea Documentary – May 23

Come see Sonic Sea, an award winning film on how ocean noise from vessel traffic, Navy sonar and drilling imperils marine life, and how it may be mitigated.  Meet Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research and Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Both are international advocates for whales, sea mammals and marine life. Regional sponsors include Port Townsend Marine Science Center, QUUF Green Sanctuary Committee, Local 20/20, and many other environmentally minded organizations, including the PT Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee.  7-9pm at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF), 2333 San Juan Ave., PT.  Suggested donation,Continue Reading

April 27 Presentation on More Affordable Dental Care Options

Access to preventive care, including preventive dental cleanings, was identified as one of the 4 major health priorities (2014 Jefferson Priority Factsheets AccesstoCare) in Jefferson County in 2014. Come learn about the problem and how Sea Mar Community Health Centers and the Washington Dental Service Foundation succeed in providing needed care in other counties. When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30PM Where: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend Presenters: Dunia Faulx, Jeff. Co. Public Health Community Health Director, Dr. Alex Narvaez, Sea Mar Dental Director, and Dr. Tom Locke, President, Washington Dental Service Foundation. For questions contact Dr.Continue Reading

Tues April 19 – Highlights and Inspirations from the Paris Climate Conference

In celebration of Earth Week, the Port Townsend / Jefferson County Climate Action Committee will hold a special meeting featuring a presentation by Laura Tucker and Hank Walker.  Laura and Hank will be presenting slides and videos of their experiences at the Council of the Parties (COP21), the groundbreaking climate conference last December in Paris, France.  They will also showcase innovative ideas and actions that can be done by local citizens.  During the conference, students from Port Townsend classrooms were able to speak directly with young climate scientists and advocates by video-conference.  Highlights from these interviews will be presented.  StudentsContinue Reading

March 2016 Community Read – A Month of Climate Change-Focused Events

The Port Townsend Library has selected Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything for 2016’s Community Read, and has a full line up of engaging and informative events related to climate change planned for this March, with Local 20/20 one of the partners. See the library’s website  for details, and highlights in poster below. There are also a number of book discussion groups planned, see flier here  with the latest dates. (Note that the Part II discussion group at Jefferson County Library is now planned for March 29th.) Want to know how you can get involved in climate action locally? Check outContinue Reading

Rural Energy Grant Workshop Feb 17th

Your local business, farm or ranch may be eligible for grant funding for a renewable energy or energy efficiency system. For those who own a for-profit small business, farm or ranch in Jefferson or Clallam Counties, there is an upcoming opportunity to learn about who qualifies and how to apply for a USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to cover 25% of the cost of a renewable energy system or energy efficiency upgrades. Carlotta Donisi, business specialist with USDA Rural Development will be leading a workshop on February 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm atContinue Reading

Jan 31 – Climate Change & the Plant-Based Diet – Howard Lyman

Author, environmentalist, former cattle rancher, and co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey on the Amarillo Texas beef trial, Howard Lyman will be speaking on sustainability and the dangers of current methods of food production. NW Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend. Please take the stairway or elevator up to the second floor. Contact: Bill Ferguson – billfe@gmail.com Web: http://www.meetup.com/Port-Townsend-Vegan-Meetup-Group/events/226812977/ Last updated:Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Climate Rally in PT 11/29 / Climate Documentary 11/30

Two *Hot* Climate Opportunities – a rally on Sunday in PT and a new free Time to Choose climate documentary streaming Monday and Tuesday 11/30-12/1 only. See details below. Rally for Paris Climate Summit 11/29 Join PT Songlines, the QUUF Green Sanctuary Committee and friends to celebrate the miracle of life and our commitment to leave a livable planet for future generations. This Global Climate March with 1,000,000 others around the world will demand that our leaders make a major commitment at COP 21 in Paris to preserve our environment and promote climate justice. Bring signs, songs, flags and sidewalkContinue Reading

November 19, 2015: Eric Moe – District Heating: Developing Thermal Energy Systems in Jefferson County

District Heating: Developing Thermal Energy Systems in Jefferson County Speaker: Eric Moe, Senior Developer, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Thursday, November 19 at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend Approximately 70% of all the energy used in Jefferson County is for thermal applications such as space heating, domestic hot water, process heating, cooking, and drying. November’s Key Speaker, UMC‘s Eric Moe, is a mechanical engineer and systems integrator who has worked on the development of community thermal energy systems regionally, nationally and internationally. A heat and energy systems specialist, he is currently working on community energy systemsContinue Reading

Taming Bigfoot Carbon Footprint Competition – Join Now!

Taming Bigfoot is a team challenge that makes it fun to reduce your carbon footprint – a number that measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with your activities. And you can win prizes, too! As part of the competition, teams will work together to learn how to reduce your electricity, gas, and water usage, and then measure your results, using a calculator compiled expressly for Jefferson County by the Local 20/20 Climate Outreach group. Reducing your footprint will save you money and help our community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to its goal of 80% below 1990 levelsContinue Reading

Oct 27&29, Nov 11- Preparing for Climate Change in the North Olympic Peninsula

The “Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” recently issued by the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NOP RC&D) will be presented by Kate Dean and Cindy Jayne of NOPRC&D. This presentation will include the projected climate change impacts for the North Olympic Peninsula, and the locally developed strategies for how we can best prepare for these changes. Tuesday October 27, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building, 607 Water St in Port Townsend Thursday October 29, 6:00 pm, Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock Wednesday November 11, 6:00 pm, Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 SouthContinue Reading

October 22, 2015: Dave Sjoding – Local Energy Plans: Electricity, Heat, Transport, Food & Water

Local Energy Plans: Electricity, Heat, Transport, Food & Water Speaker: Dave Sjoding, CHP/Renewable Energy Specialist, WSU Energy Program Thursday, October 22 at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend The Key Speaker for October is Dave Sjoding, CHP/Renewable Energy Specialist, WSU Energy Program. Mr. Sjoding has led research into a broad range of energy issues/sources including biomass, CHP (combined heat and power) applications, distributed generation and energy policy and pricing. In his presentation, Mr. Sjoding will address local energy plans, including formation of a local energy development company, financing of energy development projects and the need forContinue Reading

September 17: Kevin Mass – Local Energy Project Development & Financing

Understanding Local Energy Project Development & Financing Speaker: Kevin Maas, Owner, Glacier Energy, Inc. Thursday, September 17th at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend To watch a video recording of this Energy Lunch presentation, please click on the link below: http://porttownsendmedia.com//energy/Maas.php The Key Speaker for September is Kevin Maas, owner of Glacier Energy, Inc., an energy development company in Mount Vernon, WA. Mr. Maas has worked with farmers, bankers, regulators, environmentalists and utilities, implementing energy projects in Skagit, King, Whatcom and Tillamook (OR) Counties. As a principal of Farm Power Northwest, he linked ten farms milkingContinue Reading

August 20, 2015: Günter Mögele – The Energiewende Message From Germany: Local Prosperity

Lessons from Germany: Leveraging Energiewende for Local Prosperity Speaker: Günter Mögele, Deputy Mayor, Wildpoldsried, Germany Thursday, August 20th at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend The Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program for August is a case study of one of the world’s most successful renewable energy-fueled economic development programs. Key Speaker Günter Mögele, Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Wildpoldsried, Germany (population 2,600), will explain this local energy development success and the national German goal of Energiewende  or “energy transition” from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewable energy sources. Read More (Below Photo)   To watchContinue Reading

July 14 Drought Forum for Jefferson County

We had a great turnout at the event. Here are the slides from the presentations. The North Olympic Development Council is organizing a public forum on drought issues in Jefferson County. Questions to be answered include: What do we know? What makes this year a drought? What does a drought emergency declaration mean here? Can we expect more of the same in the future? Where does our  water come from? What are some strategies for responding now and in the future?  Speakers include representatives from WA Dept of Ecology, WSU, Jefferson County PUD, City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, PortContinue Reading

July 16, 2015: Brian Young: “Developing the Energy Sector of the Jefferson Co. Economy”

“Developing the Energy Sector of the Jefferson County Economy” Brian Young, Governor’s Clean Technology Sector Lead Washington State Department of Commerce, Seattle WA Thursday, July 16th at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club The top priority of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program – to encourage and support the development of the “energy sector” of the Jefferson County economy – is generally well aligned with Governor Jay Inslee’s top priority – to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create good-paying jobs in every corner of Washington State. This alignmentContinue Reading

June 18, 2015: Alex Wilken, Seattle Boat Works: “Developing Electric Propulsion Systems for Jefferson County Boats”

“Developing Electric Propulsion Systems for Jefferson County Boats” Alex Wilken, Family Owner, Seattle Boat Works, LLC, Seattle WA Thursday, June 18th at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club Our Key Speaker is Alex Wilken of the Seattle Boat Works which specializes in electric propulsion systems for all kinds of marine transport using either AC or DC marine motors as well as in a variety of related marine electric peripherals such as generators, chargers, batteries, solar panels, and wind generators. The idea of electric propulsion for boats is not new. The navy’s submarine service has always usedContinue Reading

International Transition Town Trainer Coming to Port Townsend June 16-20, 2015

Tina Clarke is an internationally known Transition Town trainer a Certified Transition Town Trainer with the global Transition movement (www.TransitionNetwork.org) and will be in Port Townsend June 16 – 20 to lead a series of events hosted by Local 20/20 and Collective Impact, and co-sponsored by the City of Port Townsend, Firefly Academy Preschool and Thunderbull Productions. Tina  has helped over 120 community Transition Initiatives in North America and Europe and is one of four international trainers for the Transition Network. Find out more at the Sustainable Together blog or on the event Facebook page. All events are open to theContinue Reading

May 21, 2015. Dan O’Shea, Sales Director, NW North America, ChargePoint, Inc. “Electric Vehicle Charging Station Options for Jefferson County”

“Electric Vehicle Charging Station Options for Jefferson County” Dan O’Shea, Sales Director, NW North America, ChargePoint, Inc., Campbell CA Thursday, May 21st at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club New electric vehicle (EV) energy technology – in the form of both plug-in hybrid gas-electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-only electric vehicles (BEVs) that provide full fossil-fuel-free transportation – is beginning to transform the economy of Jefferson County. Although this transition to electric trips from fossil-fuel trips has been evolving here for some time, the changes are now becoming widely evident to all county residents and organizations. ElectricContinue Reading

April 21, 2015 Dr. Jacob Leachman: A Hydrogen Economy for Washington State – and for Jefferson County

Tuesday, April 21st at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center On April 21st, the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program’s Key Speaker will address the opportunities associated with local production and use of the ultimate green fuel: hydrogen. Dr. Jacob Leachman is Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Pullman campus of Washington State University. Known at WSU for his HYPER Lab (Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research), Dr. Leachman is rapidly becoming the leading proponent for hydrogen fuels in Washington State. Dr. Leachman’s presentation will cover basic facts about hydrogen, current ways of producing hydrogenContinue Reading

May 1 Event – Kathleen Dean Moore “Broken Clouds: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Climatic Change”

Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosopher, nature writer, and public speaker, will give a talk titled “Broken Clouds: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Climatic Change.” Her work brings together the art of the essay, the wisdom of the natural world, and the moral clarity of philosophy to explore our place on the planet and our responsibilities for its thriving. Her books include Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.  Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water, and  The Pine Island Paradox. Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she teachesContinue Reading

The Jefferson Co Grain and Bean Project, April 3rd, 6.30-8.30 pm

This evening program at the Chimacum Grange will reinvigorate the local conversation about growing grains and beans in Jefferson Co, and what knowledge and equipment is needed to support a grain and bean economy. Bellingham author Krista Rome will be speaking about her book “Growing Grains and Beans in the Pacific Northwest”, and her “Backyard Grain and Bean” Project. Local Farmers Nash Huber of Nash’s Organic Produce and Keith Kissler of Finnriver Farm and Cidery will be speaking on their grain trails and processes, as well as local permaculturists Ellen O’Shea and Norm Norton of Eaglemount Farms. This event isContinue Reading

March 17, 2015: Tonia Buell, ” The Status of Local Electric Vehicle Development Activity Across WA. State”

   “Status of Local EV Development Activity Across Washington State” Tonia Buell, Interim Director of Public/Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia WA Tuesday, March 17th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center The Key Speaker for March has had considerable experience throughout Washington State with local municipal and county-wide activity with EV development as well as direct responsibility for the Washington portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. Ms. Tonia Buell is Interim Director of Public/Private Partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). She represents WSDOT for all EV, or more precisely, all “PEV,” (Plug-inContinue Reading

February 17, 2015: Daryl Williams of Tulalip Tribes, Director of Qualco Energy, Monroe WA

Keys to Successful Biodigester Operations in Snohomish County” The Key Speaker for February directs the operations of a successful anaerobic biodigester in Snohomish County that uses microorganisms to process biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen to produce methane gas, fertilizer and other useful products. Cattle manure, farm wastes, expired food products, and other commercial biowastes are all continuously broken down or “digested.” The resulting methane gas feeds a 450 MW electric generator 24 hours a day year round. Several such anaerobic biodigesters currently contribute to the million-euro annual operating surplus of the rural municipality of Wildpoldsried, Germany (population 2,500)Continue Reading

Feb 7th Event – Climate Change and Reasons for Hope

Update: see the list of organizations participating here! Climate Change news can be overwhelming, every week there seems to be more reasons for concern. But there is hope. The tide is not only rising, it is turning, and there are positive actions happening around the globe and in our own backyard! This event will include a presentation on reasons for hope from a global, national and local perspective.  Following the presentation, we will adjourn for a dessert potluck and an opportunity to meet local groups involved in local climate action – from transportation options, to reducing our food carbon footprint,Continue Reading

Tuesday, January 20th- Phil Lusk, Deputy Director of Power & Telecommunications in the Dept. of Public Works of the City of Port Angeles

The Key Speaker for January’s Energy Lunch Program of Jefferson County is Phil Lusk who is the Deputy Director of Power and Telecommunications in the Department of Public Works of the City of Port Angeles where a municipal electric utility has been in operation for more than 120 years.  He has realized the great significance of currently available low-power, low heat, yet high-intensity switchable LED lighting to local energy efficiency and conservation. Mr. Lusk will explain his current interest in LED technology as a major new part of the Port Angeles energy plan. Following the 2011 closure of hydropower generationContinue Reading

Climate Migration?

The Pacific Northwest will soon become a “climate refuge” according to an article penned by Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor of atmospheric science and local climate blogger. According to his mapping of current projections of some of the more dramatic impacts of climate change – sea level rise, drought, storms and heat waves – Washington and Oregon come out looking relatively unscathed (mind you, that’s “relatively”). In Port Townsend and surrounding areas, there is some evidence that this migration has already started to happen. If you are a newcomer to E Jefferson County, we would like to inviteContinue Reading

Cargo Container Home

Take a tour through this amazing off-grid Tiny House made from a 20 foot cargo container… Last updated:Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 16th, 2014: Senator Bob Hasegawa, Washington State Legislature, Olympia WA

Tuesday, December 16th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center: In December, Energy Lunch attendees heard from a strong Washington State voice for the creation of state chartered banking operations independent of Wall Street influence. The Key Speaker for the Energy Lunch Program was State Senator Bob Hasegawa of the 11th Senatorial District of Washington, which includes the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He will be sponsoring banking legislation that highlights the successful state-chartered Bank of North Dakota, and would create similar state banking operations in Washington. The presentation by Senator Hasegawa on Tuesday, December 16th provided, to all those involvedContinue Reading

November 18, 2014: Dr. James Conca, Senior Scientist, UFA Ventures

The Key Speaker for the Energy Lunch Program in November was Dr. James Conca, Senior Scientist at UFA Ventures in Richland, Washington.His talk is titled:“Why New Nuclear Energy Should Be In Our Energy Future.”   Dr. Conca emphasizes natural processes ovhttp://porttownsendmedia.com//energy/Conca.phper costly engineered systems in his work with remediation of radiological, heavy metal and organic contaminants in water, soil and waste at U.S. Department of Energy sites and at industrial sites. His remarks included global energy issues, the real costs of energy, comparison of energy sources, and finding a just and sustainable energy mix for WA State and the world – aContinue Reading

Clark County Experience with Food System Council

This is a You Tube video of a recent meeting held at the Chimacum Grange, Wednesday, October 1st, in which Theresa Cross describes her 7 years of experience assisting the Clark County Food System Council to define and implement the goals of their food council.  With a Food System Council only a short time away from convening here in Jefferson County, you might enjoy watching her describe some ideas where we may plan to go with ours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGHT4F3gcY&feature=youtu.be Last updated:Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nov Events: Home Energy Audit Workshop and Climate Change and Antarctica Talk

November 8th and November 14th are the dates for two exciting local climate action events in Jefferson County: Free Home Energy Audit WorkshopSaturday November 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pmJefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port HadlockWant to save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and improve your comfort? Learn from a professional how to identify energy wasting and heat-stealing secrets you home may be hiding from you. The workshop will cover the topics of air sealing, insulation, windows, furnaces, water heaters, appliances and lighting. And attendees will get a free LED bulb! Brought to you by the Jefferson County PUD.Continue Reading

Applicants Sought for a Local Food Council

WSU and Citizens for Local Food are collaborating to launch a new Local Food Council for Jefferson County.  The vision is to attract volunteers from across the entire food system:  farmers, value added producers, regulatory people, health educators, restauranteurs, institutional food service folks, food retail, food security/food bank representatives, Grange members, resource waste management,  elected officials, and concerned citizens, willing to meet several times a year specifically to consider how to strengthen our local food access for all. Anyone with a commitment to community building and collaboration may fill out a Statement of Interest, and return it to WSU by the deadline, October 20th.  The StatementContinue Reading

Community Forum on Ocean Health/Acidification – Oct 7th 6:30 PM

There is a talk on ocean health on October 7th, including ocean acidification. Speakers are Dr. Simone Alin, Supervisory Oceanographer at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab; and Betsy Peabody, the Director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund. You’ll learn about changes in the marine waters of Puget Sound, and what’s being done to address them by some of the amazing people who live and work here. Details below, or see flyer.  Tuesday, October 7 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (Doors open at 6 PM) Northwest Maritime Center Maritime Meeting Room (2nd floor of yellow building) Port Townsend, WA 98368  This event is sponsoredContinue Reading

Learn about Local Food System Council

Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 06:00pm – 08:00pm Come hear about Clark County’s 7 year experience with a Local Food System Council, a group with membership across the various food sectors, from farmers, to food banks, to restauranteurs and institutional chefs, health department regulatory folks, all the way through food waste management.FREE and open to the public, this event hopes to draw local people who work within our food system, especially, to see if Jefferson County is ready to start a Food Council, here.  Speaker, Theresa Cross, from Clark County Public Health speaks at 6 PM with a dessert for social networking to followContinue Reading

[local2020] Event Announcements for 9/17/2014

Local 20/20 Event Announcements ===============================================================CONTENTS for 9/17/2014 Make Your Transition. . . ============================================================= NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS EMAIL ADDRESS! ============================================================= How To Post an Announcement?  Send it to events@L2020.org! ============================================================= NEW LOCAL 2020 WEBSITE! ============================================================= Local 2020 has an updated website! The website address is http:/l2020.org, same as before except there is no “s” after the http. If you are having trouble seeing the site, it could be that your browser is automatically adding the “s” back in, and you may need to clear your browser’s cache, just google “clear (name of your browser, such as firefox, internet explorer, etc.) cache” toContinue Reading

People’s Climate Marches in Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles

Come join in the People’s Climate March in Port Townsend on Sunday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, at Pope Marine Park, and be part of a worldwide climate demonstration! On the weekend of Sept. 20-21, people around the world will gather for what promises to be the biggest climate demonstration in history, centered upon the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, two days prior to a special climate summit being called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where world leaders (not just climate negotiators) will be called upon to get serious about a world climate action plan.  The message that peopleContinue Reading

Energy Lunch September 16, 2014

Tues., September 16, 2014, 12:30-1:30 PM:  Ryan Dicks, the Sustainability Manager for Pierce County, will be the presenter of this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch program. He directs Pierce County programs in Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Education, Green Purchasing and Recycling, Transportation, and Water Quality and Quantity.  Mr. Dicks will present his sustainability goals and policies, describe the action that has been taken within Pierce County government to improve building energy efficiency, to increase the fuel efficiency of county vehicles, to educate county staff on sustainability practices, to reduce county agency water consumption, and to build green purchasing practices and recycling.Continue Reading

All County Picnic – Help spread the word!

The 2014 All County Picnic is not to be missed!  Please help us spread the word.  You can email this poster or download this larger file to print and post in your neighborhood.  We hope to see you and your neighbors there!  Sunday, Aug 17, 11-4, HJ Carroll Park. Last updated:Monday, August 17, 2015

Energy Lunch August 19, 2014

Tues., August 19, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Mark Miller, an account executive at the Bonneville Power Administration, will discuss BPA operations and BPA’s wholesale purchase of electric power. His presentation will include discussion of the 31 federal dams and nuclear power facility, the network of power distribution lines that provide power to the Pacific Northwest region, the management of river water and fish, and the impact of wind power on the BPA transmission sources.   Last updated:Sunday, July 31, 2016

Useful Links?

I would love some suggestions for useful and interesting outside links that relate to the Action Groups listed on the “Other Groups” page.  Just include the link in a comment to this post and I will take it from there. Better yet, if you would like to post an article or a video (your own or someone else’s) that fits well with the mission of any of these groups, PLEASE send it to kathleen@L2020.org and I will post it for you (probably).  Let’s flesh out this section of the website… Last updated:Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All-New Website!

Local 20/20 has a brand new website! The new site has been produced using the WordPress platform, a change facilitated by Nate Malmgrem of CodePress in Port Townsend.  Most of our pages are brand new as well.  We hope you enjoy exploring the new site. It is, of course, always a work in progress. Portable The new site is designed to be readable across devices. If you are sitting before a large screen, you can see how the page adapts to various screen widths by slowly narrowing your browser window. Interactive The page you are reading now is called a “post”. PostsContinue Reading

Volunteers Needed to Havest Food Bank Gardens

There are now 3 food bank gardens in PT and help is needed on Wednesday morning 7:30 – 9:30am and Saturday 9-11am to harvest and help get fresh produce to the PT Food Bank. Here is a message from the garden manager: “The raspberry crop is full on and the strawberries are going to waste (these crops are only for volunteers, as there is not enough volume to bring to the food bank). We have lots of sugar snap peas to harvest right now and we are having to pull all if our kale beds, as they are getting tooContinue Reading

Climate Change Lobbying Workshop

June 29 (Sunday), 2:30 to 5:00 PM, Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 East First Street, Port Angeles A new group is forming to lobby our Jefferson County and Clallam County federal congresspeople on climate change. This is part of a national/international organization, the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). In just six years, that organization has grown to over 180 chapters in the US and Canada. Dr James Hansen says about it: “Most impressive is the work of the Citizens Climate Lobby….If you want to join the fight to save the planet, …there is no more effective step you could take thanContinue Reading

Energy Lunch July 15, 2014

Tues., July 15, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.:  Dahr Jamail, a staff reporter for Truthout and a former producer and journalist for Al Jazeera in the Middle East, will present at this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. His talk, titled “The Inadequacy of Global Hydrocarbon Energy Supplies,” is based on his years of reporting on the inadequacies and damaging effects of legacy energy systems and the global difficulties of the petroleum industry. Watch the Video. A workshop will follow from 2-3 p.m.      Last updated:Friday, October 17, 2014

Energy Lunch May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014: Clallam Transit System’s General Manager Wendy Clark-Getzin, PE, and Maintenance Manager Kevin Gallacci discuss the ongoing evolution of their public transit system and what sort of energy supply is likely to power this local ground transport of people and goods in the future. Watch The Video. Last updated:Friday, October 17, 2014

The Dynamics of Disaster

Author Susan W. Kieffer speaks on the Dynamics of Disaster on Sunday, June 8 at 3:00 PM at Key City Public Theater. Tickets are $15 and available through www.jeffersonclement.org or www.keycitypublictheater.com or the box office Tues – Sat 1-6 or by calling Key City at (360)385-7396. Proceeds benefit the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Co-sponsored by The Port Townsend Leader and the Port Townsend Library. Last updated:Thursday, June 5, 2014

All County Picnic

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s All County Picnic! Sunday, August 17 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM HJ Carroll Park A Gathering of Neighborhoods Photo by Shelly Randall Last updated:Monday, July 28, 2014

Free Food Film Series

Twelve inspiring movies will be shown January 22 – March 17 at a variety of venues. Click on the image below and then click on the movie names in the interactive poster to see the trailers.   Fresh and Free Moveable Feast poster Last updated:Sunday, July 31, 2016


PAST PROGRAMS:
(To view the videos for May 2014 or later, click on the  date link, and then click the Watch The Video link.)

Resilience Review Column – King Tides or Crystal Ball?

Local 20/20 has a monthly column in the Port Townsend Leader titled “Resilience Review”. (Thank you, PT Leader!) Copied below is the August column, as submitted, about king tides and sea level rise. King Tide or Crystal Ball? By Dave Wilkinson One of the joys of living in a coastal community is to simply watch the water as it is constantly changing, driven by our place and time in the solar system, continuously evolving weather systems, and the complexity of the coastline itself. A special treat – and sometimes hazard – is the King Tide, occurring multiple times throughout theContinue Reading

Resilience Review Column – Emergency Preparedness and All County Picnic on 8/20

Did you know Local 20/20 has a monthly column in the Port Townsend Leader? (Thank you, PT Leader!) This was done previously, and we recently restarted this. The July column (text copied below) was all about Emergency Preparedness, and of course, the upcoming All County Picnic on August 20, 11-4, at HJ Carroll Park. Get prepared at All County Picnic, Sunday, August 20, H.J. Carroll Park, Chimacum By Danille Turissini As much of the country seems to be focused on the turmoil in the other Washington, I find myself most concerned about what is happening right here in our littleContinue Reading

Local 20/20’s Comments on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

The Peninsula Daily News kindly asked Local 20/20 what our comments were regarding the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and the published a nice article on local responses on Sunday here. Below is our full response. Local 20/20, a Jefferson County-based organization focused on local sustainability and resiliency is appalled by Donald Trump’s action to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. The impacts of climate change are becoming ever more obvious in the Pacific Northwest, with warmer temperatures, drier summers, reduced snowpack, and a more acidic ocean (from Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North OlympicContinue Reading

All County Picnic – Sunday August 20, 2017

Add to your calendar! The 2017 All County Picnic is just around the corner!  Please help us spread the word.    We hope to see you and your neighbors there!  Sunday, Aug 20, 11-4, HJ Carroll Park. Last updated:Saturday, April 29, 2017

May 1 – May Day Bike Festival

Gather at the Cotton Building to support bicycling and walking! Kick-off the start of Bike Month with League of American Bicyclists (LAB) national board member & representative, Steve Durrant Celebrate Port Townsend’s Silver Award as a Bicycle-Friendly City!   Schedule of May 1st Bike Festival Activities 1:00 – 2:30 pm Town Ride to tour some of our bicycling and walking facilities, trails & marvelous setting 4:00 – 6:15 pm Late Afternoon Social for LAB rep and PT bicycle & pedestrian community, includes meet & greet, official welcome at 5:15 pm by David Engle; bike-ped displays, bicycle demos, free refreshments. 6:30Continue Reading

People’s Climate March – April 29

Come join others from across the Olympic Peninsula to take to the streets for a safe climate, justice for all, and a prosperous clean-energy economy. We’ll be joining a huge march in Washington, D.C. and dozens of sister marches around the world to send a message of resolve on climate, jobs and justice.  The march kicks off at 3 pm at the Port Angeles City Pier. After walking through downtown Port Angeles, the march will end back at the pier at approximately 4 pm, and speakers from across the peninsula will speak about climate impacts, actions and opportunities on theContinue Reading

Tomorrow (the film) — at the Rose 4/28-5/4

Here, finally, is some good news about what is going RIGHT with the world! TOMORROW is a beautifully filmed documentary presenting concrete, down-to-earth solutions for sustainable living and community resilience. Showcased are programs being implemented around the world by people making a difference in their own communities. Their stories make “Tomorrow” one of the most essential and inspirational viewing experiences of our time. This movie premiered at the Paris Climate talks in 2015 and has been shown all across Europe to standing ovations. Now available in the US, it opens on April 21st at the Rose Theatre concurrent with premieresContinue Reading

April 22: Celebrate Science and Earth Day (and Bigfoot?!) in Jefferson County

Come join us as we Celebrate Science and Earth Day (and Bigfoot?!) in Jefferson County! We will check in with the many of the Taming Bigfoot Carbon Footprint Reduction participants to see how their footprints are one year later, and will provide general updates for all on the state of climate science as it applies to Jefferson County. We will also share information and ideas on climate activities and adaptation happening locally. Brought to you by Local 20/20’s Climate Outreach group. April 22, 3 – 5 pm, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave. Free. Contact cindy@l2020.org for moreContinue Reading

Energy Lunch: First Local Green Fuel Use Can Be in New Low-Cost 26 kW Gensets

Thursday March 16th, 2017, 12:30 PM at Port Townsend Yacht Club in the Boat Haven, 2503 Washington Street. It’s been nearly six years since Ted Hollinger of Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) opened many eyes in Jefferson County to the potential for local use of hydrogen, ammonia and other alternative green fuels in power generation, transportation and heating. Mr. Hollinger’s June 2011 Key Speaker presentation on “Planning for the Transition to Green Ammonia Fuels in Jefferson County” got the ball rolling for local investigations of carbon-free hydrogen and ammonia fuels that lead directly to the consideration of the use of localContinue Reading

Reaching Blue Film Showing – March 17

REACHING BLUE, a film about Climate Change in the Salish Sea, will be shown on Friday March 17th, 6:30 pm, at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, at 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend. Local 20/20 is one of the many co-sponsors of the film. There will be a Q&A discussion with filmmaker and former Port Townsend resident Ian Hinkle. A reception at 8:00 PM will offer local oysters, smoked salmon, cheese, cider and other treats provided by some of our 15 co-sponsors. There will also be information tables from some of the supporting organizations, including Local 20/20. Stop by! TicketsContinue Reading

Carsharing in Jefferson County using District EVs – A Local Energy Opportunity

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 12 PM  – 2 PM Port Townsend Yacht Club in the Boat Haven LEO Presenter and Public Discussion Facilitator: Perry Spring, Energy Systems and Efficiency Professional Opportunities for developing profitable, unsubsidized new energy systems and businesses in Jefferson County have been under consideration for more than a year both by the members of the Jefferson County Energy LLC (now being formed) and by the directors of CountyEnergy.US who organized and ran the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program from 2010 through 2015. This development work is the logical extension of the regular bi-annual Energy Lunch reportingContinue Reading

Energy Lunch: “Assessing Local Energy Values: The Bainbridge Public Power Campaign”

Key Speakers this month: Jane Lindley & Steve Johnson from Bainbridge Island’s Island Power Location: The Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street in the Boat Haven Date: Thursday, January 19th Schedule: 12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Key Speaker Presentation including Q&A 1:30-2 pm continuation of the general discussion Energy Lunch Key Speakers this month are Bainbridge residents Jane Lindley and Steve Johnson, Co-Founders of Island Power in Bainbridge WA, the group that is leading the present political campaign for public power in the City of Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island).  Ms. Lindley authors her own webContinue Reading

PERSPECTIVE: What Can We Control? All Things Local

Here is a Perspective Piece from the Port Townsend Leader that Larry Dennison and Cindy Jayne wrote on behalf of Local 20/20, highlighting the reasons for focusing on local issues in the new year. Last updated:Thursday, January 5, 2017

Benefits of Public Power from Local Transportation Electrification

JJ McCoy,Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition, Seattle WA Thursday December 15th at 12:30 PM, Port Townsend Yacht Club Our focus this month will be on the benefits derived by our public power utility from using all (100%) of this locally collected solar energy to replace fossil fuels that are used in cars, trucks buses and boats in new electric vehicles or vessels (EVs) that provide the same local transportation needs. There is no burden on the utility to purchase this solar power and utility power is used to “fill-in” the daily and seasonal intermittency of the sun.   WhileContinue Reading

Climate Change Class – An Overview from Planet to Port Townsend – Starts Dec 3rd

Climate change mitigation (reducing greenhouse gases) and adaptation (preparing for climate impacts) are some of the most complex issues we’ve faced as a society. Learn more about both the global and local aspects through a 6-session course in Port Townsend, this December and January (One Saturday, 1-4pm, Dec. 3, AND 5 Tuesdays, 7:15-8:45pm, Dec. 6 & 13, Jan. 3, 10 & 17). This course is part of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Adult Learning Program, in collaboration with Local 20/20.  The class will be taught by Laura Tucker (Laura has worked in science education her entire career, and was trainedContinue Reading

King Tide Viewing Party Nov 18th Port Townsend

  Each winter, king tides—the highest tides of the year—offer a spectacular shoreside show and a sneak preview of what rising sea levels will mean in years to come. Join Washington Sea Grant, along with the Jefferson Marine Resource Committee and Local 20/20,  for Port Townsend’s first King Tide Viewing Party, presented with support from the Washington Department of Ecology. Free snacks and hot beverages will take the edge off the chill, and coastal experts will explain the science of these jumbo tides. Bring your camera and post your king tide photos on the King Tide Project’s online  gallery. What:Continue Reading

November 17th, 2016, Continued Solarization of Jefferson County: How WA-made Itek Can Help”

Jesse Wear, Regional Sales Manager, Itek Energy, Bellingham, WA   Thursday, November 17th at 12:30 PM, Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend     This month’s Energy Lunch programming takes a closer look at developing the sun (or solar) part of the SW2 Energy in Jefferson County. More specifically we will continue our discussion from last month about larger community-based solar energy projects of 50 to 150 kW capacity or more. Taking this local development of solar energy to these higher, community-funded levels of power is a significant next step in the transition to local energy andContinue Reading

October 20th, 2016: Bonneville Environmental Foundation “Developing Community-Based Renewable Energy in Jefferson County”

Thursday October 20th at 12:30, Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend. Dick Wanderscheid, Vice President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Portland Oregon In recent months the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program has moved from outside direction and large amounts of volunteer support to a primary energy program of a new local for-profit energy development organization, the Jefferson County Energy LLC, or “ELLC”. Being built by longtime backers of Energy Lunch programming, the new ELLC organization is pursuing local energy development activities in solar energy, wind energy, EV use, ammonia (NH3) fuels, and public works in energy as well asContinue Reading

September 15, 2016: Road Map to 100% Renewable Energy in Jefferson County

Thursday, Sept 15th at 12:30 PM,  Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Ave, Port Townsend WA Energy Technology [ET] or tools for working with energy is frequently the focus of Energy Lunch programming: ET for electric power, ET for green fuels, ET for energy storage, and more. ET will be addressed again in September but, this time with an additional feature: how some of these new tools might fit with each other and work together in moving towards 100% local renewables. In April last year, Dr. Jacob Leachman dazzled Energy Lunch attendees with his presentation on the use of hydrogenContinue Reading

August 18th, 2016: Public Power Operations in Jefferson County: A Special Forum

Thursday, August 18th at 12:30 PM Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend Rather than outside energy experts this month’s Energy Lunch program will feature two key speakers on public power each of who is currently a candidate for Commissioner of the Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD).  Each has been among the group of local energy enthusiasts that have made the Energy Lunch operate all these many months and years. The existence of public power in Jefferson County is particularly important to energy policy, planning and development because it affects or enables most if not all localContinue Reading

X Prize $2000

  Local 20/20 is proud to be sponsoring X PRIZE $2000, a competition between teams of students at Port Townsend High School. Students who opt to participate will work with a team on a project intended to promote some aspect of community resilience – something supportive of Local 20/20’s mission statement: Working together toward local sustainability and resilience – integrating ecology, economy and community through action and education. Winners will be decided by a panel of local judges. The top two teams selected will each win half of the $2000 prize. If this program is a success, the hope isContinue Reading

Time to Choose – Extended June 24 – 30th!

Due to the very large turnout for the screening of TIME TO CHOOSE last week, The Rose Theatre has kindly brought the movie back for one week only. The provocative and hard-hitting film by Academy Award®-winning documentary director, Charles Ferguson (Inside Job; No End In Sight) that addresses worldwide climate change challenges and solutions.  Narrated by Oscar Isaac, the documentary takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better. Its scope is truly global, with footage and interviews from five continents. The film’s investigation of the true costs ofContinue Reading

Global Temperature Increase Graphic

Check out this interesting graphical way of displaying temperature changes since 1850: https://twitter.com/ed_hawkins/status/729753441459945474   Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation) https://t.co/YETC5HkmTr pic.twitter.com/Ypci717AHq — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016 Last updated:Monday, May 16, 2016

Sonic Sea Documentary – May 23

Come see Sonic Sea, an award winning film on how ocean noise from vessel traffic, Navy sonar and drilling imperils marine life, and how it may be mitigated.  Meet Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research and Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Both are international advocates for whales, sea mammals and marine life. Regional sponsors include Port Townsend Marine Science Center, QUUF Green Sanctuary Committee, Local 20/20, and many other environmentally minded organizations, including the PT Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee.  7-9pm at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF), 2333 San Juan Ave., PT.  Suggested donation,Continue Reading

April 27 Presentation on More Affordable Dental Care Options

Access to preventive care, including preventive dental cleanings, was identified as one of the 4 major health priorities (2014 Jefferson Priority Factsheets AccesstoCare) in Jefferson County in 2014. Come learn about the problem and how Sea Mar Community Health Centers and the Washington Dental Service Foundation succeed in providing needed care in other counties. When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30PM Where: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend Presenters: Dunia Faulx, Jeff. Co. Public Health Community Health Director, Dr. Alex Narvaez, Sea Mar Dental Director, and Dr. Tom Locke, President, Washington Dental Service Foundation. For questions contact Dr.Continue Reading

Tues April 19 – Highlights and Inspirations from the Paris Climate Conference

In celebration of Earth Week, the Port Townsend / Jefferson County Climate Action Committee will hold a special meeting featuring a presentation by Laura Tucker and Hank Walker.  Laura and Hank will be presenting slides and videos of their experiences at the Council of the Parties (COP21), the groundbreaking climate conference last December in Paris, France.  They will also showcase innovative ideas and actions that can be done by local citizens.  During the conference, students from Port Townsend classrooms were able to speak directly with young climate scientists and advocates by video-conference.  Highlights from these interviews will be presented.  StudentsContinue Reading

March 2016 Community Read – A Month of Climate Change-Focused Events

The Port Townsend Library has selected Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything for 2016’s Community Read, and has a full line up of engaging and informative events related to climate change planned for this March, with Local 20/20 one of the partners. See the library’s website  for details, and highlights in poster below. There are also a number of book discussion groups planned, see flier here  with the latest dates. (Note that the Part II discussion group at Jefferson County Library is now planned for March 29th.) Want to know how you can get involved in climate action locally? Check outContinue Reading

Rural Energy Grant Workshop Feb 17th

Your local business, farm or ranch may be eligible for grant funding for a renewable energy or energy efficiency system. For those who own a for-profit small business, farm or ranch in Jefferson or Clallam Counties, there is an upcoming opportunity to learn about who qualifies and how to apply for a USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to cover 25% of the cost of a renewable energy system or energy efficiency upgrades. Carlotta Donisi, business specialist with USDA Rural Development will be leading a workshop on February 17th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm atContinue Reading

Jan 31 – Climate Change & the Plant-Based Diet – Howard Lyman

Author, environmentalist, former cattle rancher, and co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey on the Amarillo Texas beef trial, Howard Lyman will be speaking on sustainability and the dangers of current methods of food production. NW Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend. Please take the stairway or elevator up to the second floor. Contact: Bill Ferguson – billfe@gmail.com Web: http://www.meetup.com/Port-Townsend-Vegan-Meetup-Group/events/226812977/ Last updated:Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Climate Rally in PT 11/29 / Climate Documentary 11/30

Two *Hot* Climate Opportunities – a rally on Sunday in PT and a new free Time to Choose climate documentary streaming Monday and Tuesday 11/30-12/1 only. See details below. Rally for Paris Climate Summit 11/29 Join PT Songlines, the QUUF Green Sanctuary Committee and friends to celebrate the miracle of life and our commitment to leave a livable planet for future generations. This Global Climate March with 1,000,000 others around the world will demand that our leaders make a major commitment at COP 21 in Paris to preserve our environment and promote climate justice. Bring signs, songs, flags and sidewalkContinue Reading

November 19, 2015: Eric Moe – District Heating: Developing Thermal Energy Systems in Jefferson County

District Heating: Developing Thermal Energy Systems in Jefferson County Speaker: Eric Moe, Senior Developer, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Thursday, November 19 at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend Approximately 70% of all the energy used in Jefferson County is for thermal applications such as space heating, domestic hot water, process heating, cooking, and drying. November’s Key Speaker, UMC‘s Eric Moe, is a mechanical engineer and systems integrator who has worked on the development of community thermal energy systems regionally, nationally and internationally. A heat and energy systems specialist, he is currently working on community energy systemsContinue Reading

Taming Bigfoot Carbon Footprint Competition – Join Now!

Taming Bigfoot is a team challenge that makes it fun to reduce your carbon footprint – a number that measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with your activities. And you can win prizes, too! As part of the competition, teams will work together to learn how to reduce your electricity, gas, and water usage, and then measure your results, using a calculator compiled expressly for Jefferson County by the Local 20/20 Climate Outreach group. Reducing your footprint will save you money and help our community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to its goal of 80% below 1990 levelsContinue Reading

Oct 27&29, Nov 11- Preparing for Climate Change in the North Olympic Peninsula

The “Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” recently issued by the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NOP RC&D) will be presented by Kate Dean and Cindy Jayne of NOPRC&D. This presentation will include the projected climate change impacts for the North Olympic Peninsula, and the locally developed strategies for how we can best prepare for these changes. Tuesday October 27, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building, 607 Water St in Port Townsend Thursday October 29, 6:00 pm, Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock Wednesday November 11, 6:00 pm, Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 SouthContinue Reading

October 22, 2015: Dave Sjoding – Local Energy Plans: Electricity, Heat, Transport, Food & Water

Local Energy Plans: Electricity, Heat, Transport, Food & Water Speaker: Dave Sjoding, CHP/Renewable Energy Specialist, WSU Energy Program Thursday, October 22 at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend The Key Speaker for October is Dave Sjoding, CHP/Renewable Energy Specialist, WSU Energy Program. Mr. Sjoding has led research into a broad range of energy issues/sources including biomass, CHP (combined heat and power) applications, distributed generation and energy policy and pricing. In his presentation, Mr. Sjoding will address local energy plans, including formation of a local energy development company, financing of energy development projects and the need forContinue Reading

September 17: Kevin Mass – Local Energy Project Development & Financing

Understanding Local Energy Project Development & Financing Speaker: Kevin Maas, Owner, Glacier Energy, Inc. Thursday, September 17th at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend To watch a video recording of this Energy Lunch presentation, please click on the link below: http://porttownsendmedia.com//energy/Maas.php The Key Speaker for September is Kevin Maas, owner of Glacier Energy, Inc., an energy development company in Mount Vernon, WA. Mr. Maas has worked with farmers, bankers, regulators, environmentalists and utilities, implementing energy projects in Skagit, King, Whatcom and Tillamook (OR) Counties. As a principal of Farm Power Northwest, he linked ten farms milkingContinue Reading

August 20, 2015: Günter Mögele – The Energiewende Message From Germany: Local Prosperity

Lessons from Germany: Leveraging Energiewende for Local Prosperity Speaker: Günter Mögele, Deputy Mayor, Wildpoldsried, Germany Thursday, August 20th at 12:30P Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend The Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program for August is a case study of one of the world’s most successful renewable energy-fueled economic development programs. Key Speaker Günter Mögele, Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Wildpoldsried, Germany (population 2,600), will explain this local energy development success and the national German goal of Energiewende  or “energy transition” from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewable energy sources. Read More (Below Photo)   To watchContinue Reading

July 14 Drought Forum for Jefferson County

We had a great turnout at the event. Here are the slides from the presentations. The North Olympic Development Council is organizing a public forum on drought issues in Jefferson County. Questions to be answered include: What do we know? What makes this year a drought? What does a drought emergency declaration mean here? Can we expect more of the same in the future? Where does our  water come from? What are some strategies for responding now and in the future?  Speakers include representatives from WA Dept of Ecology, WSU, Jefferson County PUD, City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, PortContinue Reading

July 16, 2015: Brian Young: “Developing the Energy Sector of the Jefferson Co. Economy”

“Developing the Energy Sector of the Jefferson County Economy” Brian Young, Governor’s Clean Technology Sector Lead Washington State Department of Commerce, Seattle WA Thursday, July 16th at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club The top priority of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program – to encourage and support the development of the “energy sector” of the Jefferson County economy – is generally well aligned with Governor Jay Inslee’s top priority – to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create good-paying jobs in every corner of Washington State. This alignmentContinue Reading

June 18, 2015: Alex Wilken, Seattle Boat Works: “Developing Electric Propulsion Systems for Jefferson County Boats”

“Developing Electric Propulsion Systems for Jefferson County Boats” Alex Wilken, Family Owner, Seattle Boat Works, LLC, Seattle WA Thursday, June 18th at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club Our Key Speaker is Alex Wilken of the Seattle Boat Works which specializes in electric propulsion systems for all kinds of marine transport using either AC or DC marine motors as well as in a variety of related marine electric peripherals such as generators, chargers, batteries, solar panels, and wind generators. The idea of electric propulsion for boats is not new. The navy’s submarine service has always usedContinue Reading

International Transition Town Trainer Coming to Port Townsend June 16-20, 2015

Tina Clarke is an internationally known Transition Town trainer a Certified Transition Town Trainer with the global Transition movement (www.TransitionNetwork.org) and will be in Port Townsend June 16 – 20 to lead a series of events hosted by Local 20/20 and Collective Impact, and co-sponsored by the City of Port Townsend, Firefly Academy Preschool and Thunderbull Productions. Tina  has helped over 120 community Transition Initiatives in North America and Europe and is one of four international trainers for the Transition Network. Find out more at the Sustainable Together blog or on the event Facebook page. All events are open to theContinue Reading

May 21, 2015. Dan O’Shea, Sales Director, NW North America, ChargePoint, Inc. “Electric Vehicle Charging Station Options for Jefferson County”

“Electric Vehicle Charging Station Options for Jefferson County” Dan O’Shea, Sales Director, NW North America, ChargePoint, Inc., Campbell CA Thursday, May 21st at 12:30 PM • Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club New electric vehicle (EV) energy technology – in the form of both plug-in hybrid gas-electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-only electric vehicles (BEVs) that provide full fossil-fuel-free transportation – is beginning to transform the economy of Jefferson County. Although this transition to electric trips from fossil-fuel trips has been evolving here for some time, the changes are now becoming widely evident to all county residents and organizations. ElectricContinue Reading

April 21, 2015 Dr. Jacob Leachman: A Hydrogen Economy for Washington State – and for Jefferson County

Tuesday, April 21st at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center On April 21st, the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program’s Key Speaker will address the opportunities associated with local production and use of the ultimate green fuel: hydrogen. Dr. Jacob Leachman is Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Pullman campus of Washington State University. Known at WSU for his HYPER Lab (Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research), Dr. Leachman is rapidly becoming the leading proponent for hydrogen fuels in Washington State. Dr. Leachman’s presentation will cover basic facts about hydrogen, current ways of producing hydrogenContinue Reading

May 1 Event – Kathleen Dean Moore “Broken Clouds: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Climatic Change”

Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosopher, nature writer, and public speaker, will give a talk titled “Broken Clouds: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Climatic Change.” Her work brings together the art of the essay, the wisdom of the natural world, and the moral clarity of philosophy to explore our place on the planet and our responsibilities for its thriving. Her books include Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.  Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water, and  The Pine Island Paradox. Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she teachesContinue Reading

The Jefferson Co Grain and Bean Project, April 3rd, 6.30-8.30 pm

This evening program at the Chimacum Grange will reinvigorate the local conversation about growing grains and beans in Jefferson Co, and what knowledge and equipment is needed to support a grain and bean economy. Bellingham author Krista Rome will be speaking about her book “Growing Grains and Beans in the Pacific Northwest”, and her “Backyard Grain and Bean” Project. Local Farmers Nash Huber of Nash’s Organic Produce and Keith Kissler of Finnriver Farm and Cidery will be speaking on their grain trails and processes, as well as local permaculturists Ellen O’Shea and Norm Norton of Eaglemount Farms. This event isContinue Reading

March 17, 2015: Tonia Buell, ” The Status of Local Electric Vehicle Development Activity Across WA. State”

   “Status of Local EV Development Activity Across Washington State” Tonia Buell, Interim Director of Public/Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia WA Tuesday, March 17th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center The Key Speaker for March has had considerable experience throughout Washington State with local municipal and county-wide activity with EV development as well as direct responsibility for the Washington portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. Ms. Tonia Buell is Interim Director of Public/Private Partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). She represents WSDOT for all EV, or more precisely, all “PEV,” (Plug-inContinue Reading

February 17, 2015: Daryl Williams of Tulalip Tribes, Director of Qualco Energy, Monroe WA

Keys to Successful Biodigester Operations in Snohomish County” The Key Speaker for February directs the operations of a successful anaerobic biodigester in Snohomish County that uses microorganisms to process biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen to produce methane gas, fertilizer and other useful products. Cattle manure, farm wastes, expired food products, and other commercial biowastes are all continuously broken down or “digested.” The resulting methane gas feeds a 450 MW electric generator 24 hours a day year round. Several such anaerobic biodigesters currently contribute to the million-euro annual operating surplus of the rural municipality of Wildpoldsried, Germany (population 2,500)Continue Reading

Feb 7th Event – Climate Change and Reasons for Hope

Update: see the list of organizations participating here! Climate Change news can be overwhelming, every week there seems to be more reasons for concern. But there is hope. The tide is not only rising, it is turning, and there are positive actions happening around the globe and in our own backyard! This event will include a presentation on reasons for hope from a global, national and local perspective.  Following the presentation, we will adjourn for a dessert potluck and an opportunity to meet local groups involved in local climate action – from transportation options, to reducing our food carbon footprint,Continue Reading

Tuesday, January 20th- Phil Lusk, Deputy Director of Power & Telecommunications in the Dept. of Public Works of the City of Port Angeles

The Key Speaker for January’s Energy Lunch Program of Jefferson County is Phil Lusk who is the Deputy Director of Power and Telecommunications in the Department of Public Works of the City of Port Angeles where a municipal electric utility has been in operation for more than 120 years.  He has realized the great significance of currently available low-power, low heat, yet high-intensity switchable LED lighting to local energy efficiency and conservation. Mr. Lusk will explain his current interest in LED technology as a major new part of the Port Angeles energy plan. Following the 2011 closure of hydropower generationContinue Reading

Climate Migration?

The Pacific Northwest will soon become a “climate refuge” according to an article penned by Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor of atmospheric science and local climate blogger. According to his mapping of current projections of some of the more dramatic impacts of climate change – sea level rise, drought, storms and heat waves – Washington and Oregon come out looking relatively unscathed (mind you, that’s “relatively”). In Port Townsend and surrounding areas, there is some evidence that this migration has already started to happen. If you are a newcomer to E Jefferson County, we would like to inviteContinue Reading

Cargo Container Home

Take a tour through this amazing off-grid Tiny House made from a 20 foot cargo container… Last updated:Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 16th, 2014: Senator Bob Hasegawa, Washington State Legislature, Olympia WA

Tuesday, December 16th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center: In December, Energy Lunch attendees heard from a strong Washington State voice for the creation of state chartered banking operations independent of Wall Street influence. The Key Speaker for the Energy Lunch Program was State Senator Bob Hasegawa of the 11th Senatorial District of Washington, which includes the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He will be sponsoring banking legislation that highlights the successful state-chartered Bank of North Dakota, and would create similar state banking operations in Washington. The presentation by Senator Hasegawa on Tuesday, December 16th provided, to all those involvedContinue Reading

November 18, 2014: Dr. James Conca, Senior Scientist, UFA Ventures

The Key Speaker for the Energy Lunch Program in November was Dr. James Conca, Senior Scientist at UFA Ventures in Richland, Washington.His talk is titled:“Why New Nuclear Energy Should Be In Our Energy Future.”   Dr. Conca emphasizes natural processes ovhttp://porttownsendmedia.com//energy/Conca.phper costly engineered systems in his work with remediation of radiological, heavy metal and organic contaminants in water, soil and waste at U.S. Department of Energy sites and at industrial sites. His remarks included global energy issues, the real costs of energy, comparison of energy sources, and finding a just and sustainable energy mix for WA State and the world – aContinue Reading

Clark County Experience with Food System Council

This is a You Tube video of a recent meeting held at the Chimacum Grange, Wednesday, October 1st, in which Theresa Cross describes her 7 years of experience assisting the Clark County Food System Council to define and implement the goals of their food council.  With a Food System Council only a short time away from convening here in Jefferson County, you might enjoy watching her describe some ideas where we may plan to go with ours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGHT4F3gcY&feature=youtu.be Last updated:Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nov Events: Home Energy Audit Workshop and Climate Change and Antarctica Talk

November 8th and November 14th are the dates for two exciting local climate action events in Jefferson County: Free Home Energy Audit WorkshopSaturday November 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pmJefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port HadlockWant to save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and improve your comfort? Learn from a professional how to identify energy wasting and heat-stealing secrets you home may be hiding from you. The workshop will cover the topics of air sealing, insulation, windows, furnaces, water heaters, appliances and lighting. And attendees will get a free LED bulb! Brought to you by the Jefferson County PUD.Continue Reading

Applicants Sought for a Local Food Council

WSU and Citizens for Local Food are collaborating to launch a new Local Food Council for Jefferson County.  The vision is to attract volunteers from across the entire food system:  farmers, value added producers, regulatory people, health educators, restauranteurs, institutional food service folks, food retail, food security/food bank representatives, Grange members, resource waste management,  elected officials, and concerned citizens, willing to meet several times a year specifically to consider how to strengthen our local food access for all. Anyone with a commitment to community building and collaboration may fill out a Statement of Interest, and return it to WSU by the deadline, October 20th.  The StatementContinue Reading

Community Forum on Ocean Health/Acidification – Oct 7th 6:30 PM

There is a talk on ocean health on October 7th, including ocean acidification. Speakers are Dr. Simone Alin, Supervisory Oceanographer at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab; and Betsy Peabody, the Director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund. You’ll learn about changes in the marine waters of Puget Sound, and what’s being done to address them by some of the amazing people who live and work here. Details below, or see flyer.  Tuesday, October 7 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (Doors open at 6 PM) Northwest Maritime Center Maritime Meeting Room (2nd floor of yellow building) Port Townsend, WA 98368  This event is sponsoredContinue Reading

Learn about Local Food System Council

Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 06:00pm – 08:00pm Come hear about Clark County’s 7 year experience with a Local Food System Council, a group with membership across the various food sectors, from farmers, to food banks, to restauranteurs and institutional chefs, health department regulatory folks, all the way through food waste management.FREE and open to the public, this event hopes to draw local people who work within our food system, especially, to see if Jefferson County is ready to start a Food Council, here.  Speaker, Theresa Cross, from Clark County Public Health speaks at 6 PM with a dessert for social networking to followContinue Reading

[local2020] Event Announcements for 9/17/2014

Local 20/20 Event Announcements ===============================================================CONTENTS for 9/17/2014 Make Your Transition. . . ============================================================= NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS EMAIL ADDRESS! ============================================================= How To Post an Announcement?  Send it to events@L2020.org! ============================================================= NEW LOCAL 2020 WEBSITE! ============================================================= Local 2020 has an updated website! The website address is http:/l2020.org, same as before except there is no “s” after the http. If you are having trouble seeing the site, it could be that your browser is automatically adding the “s” back in, and you may need to clear your browser’s cache, just google “clear (name of your browser, such as firefox, internet explorer, etc.) cache” toContinue Reading

People’s Climate Marches in Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles

Come join in the People’s Climate March in Port Townsend on Sunday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, at Pope Marine Park, and be part of a worldwide climate demonstration! On the weekend of Sept. 20-21, people around the world will gather for what promises to be the biggest climate demonstration in history, centered upon the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, two days prior to a special climate summit being called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where world leaders (not just climate negotiators) will be called upon to get serious about a world climate action plan.  The message that peopleContinue Reading

Energy Lunch September 16, 2014

Tues., September 16, 2014, 12:30-1:30 PM:  Ryan Dicks, the Sustainability Manager for Pierce County, will be the presenter of this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch program. He directs Pierce County programs in Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Education, Green Purchasing and Recycling, Transportation, and Water Quality and Quantity.  Mr. Dicks will present his sustainability goals and policies, describe the action that has been taken within Pierce County government to improve building energy efficiency, to increase the fuel efficiency of county vehicles, to educate county staff on sustainability practices, to reduce county agency water consumption, and to build green purchasing practices and recycling.Continue Reading

All County Picnic – Help spread the word!

The 2014 All County Picnic is not to be missed!  Please help us spread the word.  You can email this poster or download this larger file to print and post in your neighborhood.  We hope to see you and your neighbors there!  Sunday, Aug 17, 11-4, HJ Carroll Park. Last updated:Monday, August 17, 2015

Energy Lunch August 19, 2014

Tues., August 19, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Mark Miller, an account executive at the Bonneville Power Administration, will discuss BPA operations and BPA’s wholesale purchase of electric power. His presentation will include discussion of the 31 federal dams and nuclear power facility, the network of power distribution lines that provide power to the Pacific Northwest region, the management of river water and fish, and the impact of wind power on the BPA transmission sources.   Last updated:Sunday, July 31, 2016

Useful Links?

I would love some suggestions for useful and interesting outside links that relate to the Action Groups listed on the “Other Groups” page.  Just include the link in a comment to this post and I will take it from there. Better yet, if you would like to post an article or a video (your own or someone else’s) that fits well with the mission of any of these groups, PLEASE send it to kathleen@L2020.org and I will post it for you (probably).  Let’s flesh out this section of the website… Last updated:Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All-New Website!

Local 20/20 has a brand new website! The new site has been produced using the WordPress platform, a change facilitated by Nate Malmgrem of CodePress in Port Townsend.  Most of our pages are brand new as well.  We hope you enjoy exploring the new site. It is, of course, always a work in progress. Portable The new site is designed to be readable across devices. If you are sitting before a large screen, you can see how the page adapts to various screen widths by slowly narrowing your browser window. Interactive The page you are reading now is called a “post”. PostsContinue Reading

Volunteers Needed to Havest Food Bank Gardens

There are now 3 food bank gardens in PT and help is needed on Wednesday morning 7:30 – 9:30am and Saturday 9-11am to harvest and help get fresh produce to the PT Food Bank. Here is a message from the garden manager: “The raspberry crop is full on and the strawberries are going to waste (these crops are only for volunteers, as there is not enough volume to bring to the food bank). We have lots of sugar snap peas to harvest right now and we are having to pull all if our kale beds, as they are getting tooContinue Reading

Climate Change Lobbying Workshop

June 29 (Sunday), 2:30 to 5:00 PM, Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 East First Street, Port Angeles A new group is forming to lobby our Jefferson County and Clallam County federal congresspeople on climate change. This is part of a national/international organization, the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). In just six years, that organization has grown to over 180 chapters in the US and Canada. Dr James Hansen says about it: “Most impressive is the work of the Citizens Climate Lobby….If you want to join the fight to save the planet, …there is no more effective step you could take thanContinue Reading

Energy Lunch July 15, 2014

Tues., July 15, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.:  Dahr Jamail, a staff reporter for Truthout and a former producer and journalist for Al Jazeera in the Middle East, will present at this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program. His talk, titled “The Inadequacy of Global Hydrocarbon Energy Supplies,” is based on his years of reporting on the inadequacies and damaging effects of legacy energy systems and the global difficulties of the petroleum industry. Watch the Video. A workshop will follow from 2-3 p.m.      Last updated:Friday, October 17, 2014

Energy Lunch May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014: Clallam Transit System’s General Manager Wendy Clark-Getzin, PE, and Maintenance Manager Kevin Gallacci discuss the ongoing evolution of their public transit system and what sort of energy supply is likely to power this local ground transport of people and goods in the future. Watch The Video. Last updated:Friday, October 17, 2014

The Dynamics of Disaster

Author Susan W. Kieffer speaks on the Dynamics of Disaster on Sunday, June 8 at 3:00 PM at Key City Public Theater. Tickets are $15 and available through www.jeffersonclement.org or www.keycitypublictheater.com or the box office Tues – Sat 1-6 or by calling Key City at (360)385-7396. Proceeds benefit the Clemente Course in the Humanities. Co-sponsored by The Port Townsend Leader and the Port Townsend Library. Last updated:Thursday, June 5, 2014

All County Picnic

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s All County Picnic! Sunday, August 17 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM HJ Carroll Park A Gathering of Neighborhoods Photo by Shelly Randall Last updated:Monday, July 28, 2014

Free Food Film Series

Twelve inspiring movies will be shown January 22 – March 17 at a variety of venues. Click on the image below and then click on the movie names in the interactive poster to see the trailers.   Fresh and Free Moveable Feast poster Last updated:Sunday, July 31, 2016

Apr. 15, 2014:  Paul B. Manson, President & CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., a Vancouver, Canada-based diversified renewable energy company, presented his financing experiences with renewable energy projects, including the use of professional studies, addressing political obstacles, and taking into account the accelerating transition from reliance on the fossil fuel industry. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Mar. 18, 2014:  Kurt Cobb, author and speaker from Portland, Ore., examined four key rates of energy flow — the rate of extraction of fossil fuels, the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, the rate of conversion to a new energy infrastructure, and the rate of energy consumption — and the implications for our energy destiny. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Feb. 18, 2014:  Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann, an internationally recognized authority on waste management and resource recovery, addressed the ecologic-economic challenges and opportunities associated with waste treatment technologies, and how moving away from landfill operations can contribute to economic development, climate action goals, sustainable jobs, local energy security, and resource recovery.(WATCH THE VIDEO)

Jan. 21, 2014:  Virgil Beaston, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Powin Energy in Oregon, outlined the “state of the art” in battery storage technology. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Dec. 17, 2013:  Stephen Crolius, head of the Clean Tech practice at Alliance Consulting Group in Boston, addressed how Jefferson County can move away from fossil fuels to local energy, and what that energy mix might look like in 2025 (he posits it will be primarily electricity, with anhydrous ammonia for storage). (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Nov. 19, 2013:  Jan Lars Mueller, executive director of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA), spoke about local innovation and investment, and on adapting to a “New Energy Reality.” (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Oct. 15, 2013:  Mike Henson, the chief security officer at NoaNet, discusses the need for both information and energy network security. His talk will focus on the two networks newly acquired by our county’s Public Utility District—the electric grid and fiber optic/wireless broadband communications. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Sept. 17, 2013:  Brian Evans, Ph.D., a project manager and development engineer at the Space Propulsion Group, Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif., discussed using local green energy to produce ammonia to power gas turbine generators. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Aug. 20, 2013:  Richard C. Locke, the executive director of the state’s new Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness (which incorporated the Energy Office), discusses the developing energy policies of Governor Jay Inslee’s administration, with special commentary on how these state-wide plans might impact the numerous Jefferson County energy operations, programs, and projects now underway. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

July 16, 2013:  Tom Saxton, board member and chief science officer at Plug In America and a pioneer in the use of electric vehicles (EVs), discussed their benefits and the potential for EV tourism on the Olympic Peninsula. Check out his blog. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

June 18, 2013:  Gary Petersen of TRIDEC (Tri-City Development Council) describes the Hanford nuclear site and clean-up operations as well as current economic development plans, including continued operation of the Columbia Nuclear Power Plant and existing and future renewable energy projects. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

May 21, 2013:  John Miedema of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Initiative and BioLogical Carbon, LLC, discussed producing biofuels and biochar with pyrolysis and the opportunities this presents for local energy storage. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Apr. 16, 2013:  Jim Patton, executive director of the Port of Coupeville (which owns Greenbank Farm), and John Hastings, president and founding member of Island Community Solar on Whidbey Island, discuss profitably developing the solar energy on local farmland. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Mar. 19, 2013:  Brad Beauchamp from ROUSH CleanTech in Michigan explained the production and use of propane as a transportation fuel and describe how ROUSH came to launch its CleanTech initiative. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Feb. 19, 2013:  Representatives from Jefferson County’s Public Utility District #1 (PUD) and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) provided an update on the transition of our electric utility from private to public. The launch of the new public power utility was April 1. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Jan. 15, 2013:  Norm Olson, director of the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University, discussesd the role of energy in farm machinery, fertilizer and transport, as well as the possibilities for energy generation on farms. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Dec. 18, 2012:  Eileen V. Quigley, New Energy Cities program director, discussed how small- to medium-sized cities are pioneering the clean energy economy in our region. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Nov. 20, 2012:  Ted Beatty of Energy Northwest discussed balancing energy sources, variable power rates, and new energy storage systems. (WATCH THE VIDEO)

Oct. 16, 2012:  State Rep. Steve Tharinger gave an update on Initiative 937 and the Washington Energy Independence Act. (WATCH THE VIDEO)


display430    The Energy Lunch Program is produced with the assistance of Local 20/20’s Energy Action Group, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and WSU Jefferson County Extension. The Energy Lunch Steering Committee includes Rick Van Auken and Dana Lee of CountyEnergy.us .

The Energy Action Group of Local 20/20 welcomes new membersLearn more! CONTACT: Publicist Ellen Falconer at 360-821-9368 (text or call) or: elfalconer54@gmail.com Program Coordinator Rick Van Auken: rva@countyenergy.us with ideas for future programs or to get on the email notification list for upcoming programs.

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