Sustainability Topics

The following videos are excerpts from my presentation on “Going Sustainable Together” to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 14, 2011.



7-minute introduction introduces the need for individual and community-wide paradigm shifts and puts forth variations on the triple bottom line.


7-minute excerpt on “Local Investing” references the 2011 book Locavesting by Amy Cortese and describes the Local Investing Opportunities Network (LION). Specific projects cited are Mt. Townsend Creamery, Finnriver Farm, Quilcene’s Village Store, and the forthcoming Quimper Mercantile. The Quilcene Conversation, community banking, and Small Business Saturday are also discussed.

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5-minute excerpt on “Energy” references my talk’s sponsor (and my husband’s employer), Power Trip Energy Corp., and describes Jefferson County’s leading role in creating energy from the sun. Our county has the highest per-capita number of grid-tied solar installations in the state—perhaps the nation. Nearly 1% of electric utility customers have grid-tied solar panels that feed excess electricity into the grid. Also discussed is the forthcoming “community solar project” to be located at the county airport and the opportunity to have a greater say in where our energy comes from once our electrical utility comes under local control. (Our Public Utility District is in the process of purchasing Puget Sound Energy’s holdings in Jefferson County, a voter-authorized—and big!—move.)

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5-minute excerpt on “Transportation” discusses the myriad benefits of walkable communities and describes some of the ways innovative businesses and nonprofits here in Jefferson County are replacing gas-guzzling transportation with walking, bicycling and even sailing! These include Bob’s Bagels, Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s collaboration with Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, and the ReCyclery. The talk introduces the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, which relocated to Port Townsend in 2010.

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