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Washington State: Leading on Climate Change

June 21, 2010


Date: 06/21/2010 Location: Olympia, Washington Description: Foreign Press Center tour to Olympia, Washington where journalists heard from state government officials on how carbon emission are being reduced in response to the challenge of climate change. - State Dept Image
June 21 -23, 2010
; Seattle and Olympia, Washington
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Diana Page
Telephone: 202-504-6329; email: pagedp2@state.gov

Nine journalists from China, Germany, Hungary, Japan and Switzerland participated in the tour.  They heard from government and business leaders on how carbon emissions are being reduced in a state responding to the challenge of climate change.  State and city officials presented goals, timelines and strategies.  Boeing presented studies on bio-fuels that can fly jet planes; Microsoft took journalists through its "home of the future" -- programmed for better energy efficiency; and David Allen, Vice President of McKinstry, a building management and construction firm, explained how President Obama called his firm a "model" for a sustainable future.