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Future fuel tested at Cle Elum factory

“Kermit’s Song” notwithstanding, it can be fairly easy being green. Take, for example, making fuel from scrap wood chips. All over the world, scientists are hunting for alternative fuels of the future. In our own state, a research team recently introduced its new technology at a wood-chipping plant located in the sylvan outskirts of Cle Elum, Kittitas County. Since wood chips by themselves are pretty much worthless, it’s plain old commonsense to put them to work. Why not put them … Continue reading

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Washington in the top 10 for energy efficiency

When it comes to energy efficiency, coming in at #8, Washington has been in the top ten for the eight years the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has been keeping score. ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways to improve, encouraging states to continue strengthening their efficiency commitments to promote economic growth and secure environmental benefits. To determine state ranking, ACEEE looked at six areas: utility policies and programs, … Continue reading

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If you see something odd in the water, or the woods, report it

There’s a new app for Washington state residents to instantly report wildlife that shouldn’t be here: northern snakehead, hydrilla, wild pigs like the legendary Hogzilla or plain old Godzilla. If you spot them, this app makes it simple to report them from your phone. It wouldn’t hurt to take a photo or video, either. The Washington Invasive Species Council created the free app, which lets you not only report the invader, but send a photo and geographic information from your … Continue reading

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Saving money, energy and the environment

An old building at the state capitol – built in 1940 – won national recognition for being green, while a proposed new building could use even less energy. The John L. O’Brien building needed to be retrofitted to survive another earthquake. As part of that $50 million project, started in 2009, the state basically bulldozed the inside of each floor and started from scratch. Among other improvements: double-paned windows, high-efficiency heating and cooling, even landscaping outside that used less water … Continue reading

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Derelict vessels: The voyage ends (for now)

With his signature last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee capped a two-year drive in the Legislature to tackle the stubborn problem of derelict and abandoned ships and boats, which threaten the safety and environmental health of the state’s waterways and much that depends on them: recreation, shellfishing, marine industry and the jobs they provide. Rep. Drew Hansen of Kitsap County spearheaded the effort by sponsoring House Bill 2457, signed Wednesday, in  2014, and House Bill 1245, which was passed into law in … Continue reading

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