October 15, 2018
What’s Working and What’s Not – HR Checklist to Evaluate
Source: Resourceful HR, September 2018. As a business grows, and headcount increases, the complexity and demands of having a quality, business-focused HR function also increases. Business owners, small teams and HR departments of one are not only faced with increasing recruiting pressures, they also face increased regulatory requirements, performance management needs, compensation questions, and other […]

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October 1, 2018
Urbanization and Personalization of the Candidate Experience
Source:  Resourceful HR, September 2018. Did you know, if you order a pizza from Domino’s, you can track every single step of the process–from crafting the pizza, to the time it reaches your door. Apparently, this is with such accuracy that you can almost open the door at the exact moment the delivery person arrives. […]

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September 28, 2018
Innovation in Taxes: using carbon pricing to grow economic value
Source:  Jimmy Jia, CEO, Distributed Energy Management and Board Member, CleanTech Alliance, jimmy.jia@distributedenergymanagement.com. Carbon is considered a major source of long-term risk to the environment. Yet carbon consumption via fuel inputs, is critical to our modern-day society, economy, and quality of life. This creates a public benefit gap: how to effectively provide for communities today […]

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September 24, 2018
Commentary: The Carbon Fee Initiative I-1631
Commentary by Russ Weed, CleanTech Alliance Government Affairs Chair, September 24, 2018. Initiative I-1631, the Protect Washington Act, states it is “intended to protect Washington for our children, our grandchildren, and future generations by quickly and effectively reducing pollution and addressing its negative impacts.” The mechanism for that protection of Washingtonians is three-fold: (1) a […]

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July 30, 2018
Forget Pork Bellies – Bugs are the next Hot Agricultural Commodity
By Steven Klein, July 29, 2018, Originally posted on LinkedIn. Trading in pork bellies, the iconic commodity of the future’s market, and often the brunt of financial industry jokes, began in 1961 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). This allowed meat packers to hedge the volatile pig market, however, pork bellies were dropped in 2011 […]

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July 11, 2018
The Global Clean Water Crisis — PepsiCo Expands Its Safe Water Program
Commentary by Jim Conca, Forbes Contributor.  Source:  Forbes, July 11, 2019. People want to drink clean water even more than they want to breath clean air. So it’s a good thing that almost 3 billion people have gained access to clean water over the last 25 years. But current water use, population growth and the effects of […]

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July 29, 2014
Random Thoughts from the Chairman
By Steve Gerritson, WCTA Chairman & Executive Vice President of the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County Several different topics to discuss this week… On the global warming front, the Obama administration’s rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants has been upheld by the Supreme Court in large part. The requirement for cuts, coupled […]

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July 7, 2014
Guest: Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state
By Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Special to The Times Washington state would be penalized under the EPA’s proposed rules to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, writes guest columnist Cathy McMorris Rodgers. WASHINGTON state is one of the cleanest, greenest states in the country, and its use of renewable energy is a source of great pride. But drastic energy regulations could […]

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May 29, 2014
Random Thoughts from the Chairman | May 29
By Steve Gerritson, WCTA Chair & Vice President of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County As you may know, the WCTA is sponsoring a series of lunches with speakers on the subject of carbon. The first session dealt with the science of climate change; the second with federal and state regulation. In […]

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May 22, 2014
Insider Briefing on Controversial New EPA Rules
By Eric Viola, WCTA Public Policy Analyst May 22, 2014 – Seattle, WA.  In anticipation of the EPA’s comprehensive and controversial proposal on carbon pricing across the nation, WCTA President Tom Ranken joined in a meeting on Thursday with more than two dozen members of the energy policy community. Among those present were Governor Inslee, […]

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