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Heat wave!

Heat wave!

Hottest on record in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is baking in a record-breaking heat wave, with an all-time high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit reported Saturday in Portland, Oregon. The previous record was set in 1981 (107 degrees) and 1965. Seattle hit 102 degrees on June 27 and is expected to smash the record today. Along the West Coast, more than 20 million people are under a heat warning or advisory, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.

The Center for Landscape Conservation pursues specific, targeted actions to further the practice, policy, and performance of landscape conservation. Their cross-border, collaborative conservation is a vital approach to sustain nature, culture, and community. View their recent virtual policy forums have explored key issues and conversations happening in conservation today with subject matter experts and national leaders. Here are a few of the topics: The Future of Landscape Conservation, Cultivating Landowner Engagement, Pathways to a Just and Equitable Future, Investments in Science and Networks for Biodiversity, Climate, and Cultural Conservation, and Indigenous Leadership and Perspectives.

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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