Natural Resources

Green Roofs Everywhere!

Every government building should have a green roof - this will not only be a beautification project, but can also significantly cut down on energy usage. From the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof) entry: -Reduce heating (by adding mass and thermal resistance value) -Reduce heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions. -Reduce cooling (by evaporative cooling) loads on a building by fifty to ...more »

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Economic Development

Implement a Tax Neutral Carbon Tax Shift – Replace Business, Sales and Property Taxes with a Carbon Tax

This proposal would: -repealing the state portion of the property tax (about 1/4 of the total property tax) -replacing the lost revenue with a carbon tax starting at $30-$50 per ton of CO2 (equivalent to $0.30-$0.50 per gallon of gasoline) -dedicating leftover revenue to offsetting impacts on low-income households; reducing the B&O (business) tax; increasing funding for K-12 math/science education; and/or funding ...more »

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Natural Resources

Enforced source reduction and recycling for business and industrial

Mandate a percentage of source reduction and recycling for all industrial and commercial businesses; reward those who demonstrate increased activity in both and fine those who do not. The savings (and benefits) of forcing "green" behavior of corporations in Washington State had long-reaching ramifications that include reduction of production costs, disposal costs, as well as benefiting all aspects of the local environment. ...more »

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Student Achievement

Computers for Students, Textbooks for Recycling

Drop textbooks completely from K thru college. Give every child their own laptop, like the laptops from One Laptop Per Child (http://laptop.org) and use cloud computing & the internet. They could be Ipads, laptops, netbooks - anything that they can access the internest with. Set up a partnership with ereader companies (eg Amazon, B&N etc) so that any textbooks needed can be accessed in e-format. Every 3 years, the ...more »

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