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In Thurston County, transportation is one of highest producers of greenhouse gases.
We need to take collective action to reduce our transportation carbon footprint!

Throughout this newsletter, dedicated to sustainable transportation systems, there are resources, webinars and actions in which you can take part to advocate for alternative transportation methods. For example, make sure to join the next TCAT Transportation Action Group meeting, on August 7th, or read about the estimated costs of electric vehicles for Thurston County, by Thad Curtz, member of the Transportation Action Group! 

To support and uplift the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, which promotes alternative sustainable transportation methods, sign and share our pledge to Climate Action in Thurston County here! Also don't forget to sign and share our petition to elected officials, asking them to pass a strong climate mitigation plan in Thurston County!

Newsletter Update

TCAT's newsletter will now be published bi-weekly instead of weekly, so be on the look-out for our next special edition newsletter on Tuesday, August 11th! 
For more information about submissions and subscriptions to the newsletter please read here!

TCAT ZOOM MEETINGS: Transportation Action Group | Talking to People About Climate Change | EV Webinar

Transportation Action Group Meeting

Friday, August 7th, 1:15 PM
Email for Zoom Link!

Join the Transportation Action Group to support and lead the community in fostering solutions to our climate emergency through transportation options, alternatives, and actions. If you are interested in supporting the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, you can do so by focusing on the transportation elements of the plan through this action group.

Just contact Carrie at for more information on current actions and how to join the action group.
For resources and prior meeting notes click here! 

How Do You Talk to People About Climate Change?

Wednesday, August 12th , 7:00 PM

Most people I know find talking to other people about climate change harder than talking about sex or money! Yet it is so important that we can raise this critical issue into the public dialogue. According to a Yale study, shockingly only 63% of Americans talk about climate change rarely or never with family and friends! So we really do need to change that.

In this webinar, after a 30 min presentation, Lynn Fitz-Hugh will lead a discussion about our own thoughts and questions on how to best talk about climate change. This Fall we will all be needing to talk to friends and family about supporting the passage of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, so this is good timing! 

Charging Into the Future: Get Charged Up About Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 PM
Register Here!

You’ve got questions about Electric Vehicles? We’ve got answers! Join us for a lively panel of local EV owners sharing all of the things you need to know about buying and owning an EV.
Hosted by TCAT's Transportation Action Group. 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Equitable Transportation Electrification

Equitable Transportation Electrification

Recorded Webinar! Click here to view
Forth:Empowering Mobility | Roadmap Conference | June 15th, 2020 

This webinar explores how to ensure the benefits of clean transportation to reach traditionally undeserved communities, with a focus on lessons learned and best practices. What strategies have been used to improve access and awareness? What projects have been the most successful? The panelists will highlight the work being done by their organizations to bring clean mobility options to communities.

  • Moderator: Margarita Parra, International Program Director at Clean Energy Works
  • Terea Macomber, Electric Vehicle Project Director at Grid Alternatives
  • Román Partida-Lopez, Environmental Equity Legal Counsel at The Greenlining Institute 
  • Beth Morley, Mobility Project Manager at Cene


July 28, 2020 -
7:00 pm
Earth Friendly Eating Support and Action Group

Register Here! This group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM.  Members of the group are working on: eating more plant based (Vegetarian or Vegan), eating organic or regeneratively grown food – less processed diets, eating locally grown foods, and also various diet changes that address allergies or food intolerance.

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July 29, 2020 -
10:00 am
The Leading Edge in Trees, Stormwater and Urban Design

This presentation will discuss the academic data behind soil volumes and soil quality standards, as well as implementation strategies and the repercussions of long-term maintenance. Hosted by the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division. REGISTER HERE!

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July 30, 2020 -
6:00 pm
How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change
Join us for an evening with Climate Mama Harriet Shugarman and learn about her new book: How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action!   Register here 
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August 5, 2020 -
12:00 pm
Buildings as Climate Action : Virtual Luncheon

Attend the bi-weekly Buildings As Climate Action (BACA) virtual luncheons. ZOOM LINK For more information email

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August 5, 2020 -
5:30 pm
Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a no-host networking meet-up for people interested in the environment. It occurs the 1st Wed. of the month (except holidays). Check Facebook for location.

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August 7, 2020 -
10:00 am
Transit Pandemic Response and Recovery

Presenters representing transit systems in the US will share their experiences and lessons learned through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will learn innovative techniques in which transit providers are implementing community outreach, operations, and future planning. REGISTER HERE!

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August 8, 2020 -
9:30 am
Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting

We’ll listen to a national video-conference and discuss actions our local chapter can take to support the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

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August 12, 2020 -
7:00 pm
How Do You Talk to People About Climate?

Most people I know find talking to other people about climate change harder than talking about sex or money!  Yet it is so important that we can raise this critical issue into the public dialogue. Come learn about how to best talk about climate issues with friends and family! REGISTER HERE

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August 13, 2020 -
10:00 am
Clean and Safe Buildings with Electrification

This webinar will look at the use of gas in buildings, its impacts on our health and climate, and the prospects and implications of phasing it out. Hosted by Climate Solution | REGISTER HERE!

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Planning Ahead? Check out TCAT's monthly calendar

NEWS: EV Travelogue | EV Estimates for Thurston County |

An Electric Vehicle Travelogue – Yes, EV road trips can be a fun adventure!  

By Jeff Johnston | July, 2020

"We drove our 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric from Olympia to the San Francisco Bay Area and back last December and along the way we learned a lot about how to succeed at long distance travel in an EV.   It does take a bit of planning and some extra time, but it made for a great experience.  This article shares a bit of what we learned on our trip in the hopes that others may find this information useful.       

Key lessons: 
  • EV road trips are doable and fun!
  • EV road trips take extra time and planning; I recommend traveling with a co-pilot to share the experience and to help locate chargers along the way.
  • Pay attention to factors that impact your range, including things like the weather, vehicle speed, and terrain.   
  • Plan ahead and have a back-up charging station in case your intended charger is off-line or otherwise unavailable.  
  • Not all chargers and not all charging networks are created equal. There are different types of connections, different charging speeds (even for chargers labeled “level 2” or “level 3”) and vastly different prices.      
  • Locating your target charger can be harder than you think.  The charging apps typically give you a general location, but we circumnavigated more than a few mall parking lots to find the charger we were looking for. 
  • While chargers are often not located in locations where you want to spend an hour or two (i.e., Walmart), this can occasionally lead to discovering the "unexpected."
To continue reading "An Electric Vehicle Travelogue..." click here!

Some EV Estimates for Thurston County Driving

By Thad Curtz | | July, 2020

If you're getting a new vehicle, buying a more efficient one is one of the few things you can do that reduces your carbon footprint substantially and will also save you money in the long run. Almost everywhere in the world, as you go from a conventional gasoline vehicle to a hybrid, and from a regular hybrid to a plug-in, and from a plug-in hybrid to an all electric vehicle, you reduce your emissions. How much money you can save and how much you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions depends on what kind of car you get, but it also depends a lot on where you live. That determines how much you pay for gas and for electricity, and it determines the emissions from producing and using each of those. To really think about the costs and benefits of getting one of these vehicles, we need to do estimates using local values for Thurston County...

To continue reading about "Some EV Estimates for Thurston County Driving" click here!

Buses, Bikes, and Pedestrians Oh My!

As the question of how to stop climate change is becoming a more common topic of debate, why is making cities more walkable and bikeable important?

By Louisa Sevier | July, 2020

Climate change. It’s a scary thing, right? And while it’s true that one person cannot solve this problem, we can each do something. The first way to take climate action that most people think of is to bike and walk more rather than driving a car. But that is easier said than done, especially in the middle of a pandemic and, even more importantly, when your city does not have the proper infrastructure like bike lanes and sidewalks.

Now you may be wondering “what’s so important about making cities safer for walking and biking?” The obvious answer - since we are talking about climate change - is that fewer people driving means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, but there are other reasons why making cities more walkable and bikeable is important. When less gas-powered vehicles are on the road, air pollution levels drop making the city’s air healthier to breathe - kind of important when we’re in the middle of a pandemic that is more dangerous if you have pre-existing respiratory conditions. Also, walking and biking are forms of exercise and the more accessible they are for people the healthier we will be. On that note, being active outside is essential not just for our physical health but for our mental health too - did you know that just 5 minutes outside improves your mood?...

Continue reading "Busses, Bikes, and Pedestrians Oh My!"
by youth climate activist Louisa Sevier here!

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